2015 STARnet Undergraduate Interns

Six undergraduate Interns working in the lab of Prof. Ludwig Bartels at UC Riverside.

Eight C-SPIN Undergraduate Internships Awarded

Congratulations to 8 undergraduate students who were awarded STARnet Undergraduate Internships in the summer of 2015. The program provides rising undergraduates with valuable research experience, mentoring, and contact with industry representatives.

The 8 C-SPIN awardees include: Marcus Rosales (Univ. Arizona), Ethiyal Raj Wilson (Univ. Nebraska), Michael Valentin (UCR), Sahar Naghibi (UCR), Ingrid Liao (UCR), Dominic Martinez-Ta (UCR), William Coley (UCR), and Navaneet Ramabadran (UCSB).

The internships provide each recipient a stipend for 10 weeks to work in science and technology fields related to the semiconductor computer industry. It also includes an invitation to TECHCON, a national conference that brings together industry representatives, faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students to share cutting edge research related to the semiconductor industry.

Participating undergraduates not only gain confidence in their ability to perform hands-on research, but they also come to appreciate the doors that are opened to those with an advanced degree. The program takes education beyond the classroom to achieve its objectives:

  • Rigorous and engaging training for undergraduates in Engineering, Material Science, Computer Science, Chemistry, and Physics
  • Increased retention of students interested in majors relevant to the Semiconductor Industry
  • Increased numbers of STEM students progressing to graduate school programs

The program achieves its objectives first and foremost by supporting students in research under the guidance of faculty and graduate student mentors. However, several aspects of our program distinguish it from other research programs. First, the program provides funding at the university level, establishing on campus program managers to assist students. Second, our network of universities gives students the opportunity to participate in summer exchange programs, allowing them to acquire new technical skills and broaden their view of the research field. Third, the program also funds workshops and other activities to inform students about graduate school, including identifying programs in their field and how to apply. Finally, the program provides contact between student and industry experts, exposing them to different career opportunities and the benefits of an advanced degree.

More information on Undergraduate Research Opportunities through SRC is available on their website.