Our Summer Interns

E.E. Just Research Internships allow Dartmouth students committed to the mission of the E.E. Just Program to conduct full-time research for a term under the supervision of a Dartmouth faculty member or with scientists based at partner institutions and firms (e.g. Marine Biological Laboratory). These hands-on experiences are intended to deepen the student's interest in majoring in a STEM discipline and encourage the pursuit of a career in a STEM-related field or industry. 

Class of 24 - E.e. Just Summer Interns

Our 2021 summer interns were Ellie Boyd '24, Jason Dong '24, Alexandra Farnell '24, Byron Francis '24, Daniela Garcia '24, Vico Lee '24, Nathaniel Mensah '24, Mark Rorat '24, Victor Sanni '24, Stefel Smith '24, Phuc Tran '24. Read on to find out more about some of these researchers and their projects.

Jason Dong '24

Research Mentor: Jifeng Liu, Dartmouth Engineering


Jason Dong

I'm Jason Dong, a '24 from Charlevoix, Michigan. I'm planning on majoring in Environmental Engineering with a possible double major in Quantitative Social Science (QSS). Over this summer, I worked with Dr. Jifeng Liu on researching the potential of photovoltaic thermal systems (PVT). Basically, these systems are hybridized versions of photovoltaic (PV) panels with water cooling systems, allowing them to provide thermal and electric energy simultaneously. Modern silicon-photovoltaic cells decrease in efficiency with higher operating temperature which lowers the amount of electric output. Theoretically, photovoltaic thermal systems should produce higher electrical efficiency due to a cooling channel attached on the back, reducing their operating temperatures. My experience with the E.E. Just program has solidified my interest in the engineering field and has provided me with crucial interdisciplinary skills that I expect will become invaluable in the future. I will always be grateful to the E.E. Just Program for providing me with this opportunity to develop my academic interests further and for connecting with a community dedicated to advancing opportunities for students interested in STEM.

Daniela Garcia '24

Research Mentor: Dr. Alireza Soltani, Psychological and Brain Sciences


Daniela Garcia '24

My name is Daniela Garcia and I am a '24 from Miami, Florida. Becoming an E.E Just Summer intern was an incredible experience as I was able to explore the field of computational neuroscience full time. As a student that plans to major in neuroscience modified with mathematics, the work I completed under the supervision of Dr. Soltani allowed me to integrate those two areas of knowledge. During the research titled, "Role of Attention in Reward Learning," I was responsible for collecting and analyzing the pilot data from the newly designed experiment. The goal was to determine which learning strategy was adopted by the subjects under conditions similar to the real world, as this process is not yet fully understood. Considering this is a novel approach, I also sharpened my scientific reading skills while analyzing relevant research articles. I am forever thankful for the opportunity the E.E program provided as it prepared me for the future of research and mentorship, even through a remote environment. 

Nathaniel Mensah '24

Research Mentor: Elizabeth Murnane, Dartmouth Engineering


Nathaniel Mensah '24

My name is Nathaniel Mensah and I am a Dartmouth '24. I was born and raised in Accra, Ghana. Here at Dartmouth, I am studying computer engineering with particular interests in robotics and machine learning. During the summer, I did research under the supervision of Professor Elizabeth Murnane from the Empower Lab at Thayer School of Engineering. My research focussed on gaining insights about the experiences of people working from home by mining the posts of users from twitter. It was a wonderful and perceptive experience for me because I got exposed to the various Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Machine learning techniques. I am very grateful for this opportunity because I felt very confident about going ahead to pursue my interest in machine learning after the research.

Victor Sanni '24

Research Mentor: Geoffroy Hautier, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth


Victor Sanni '24 Summer Intern 2021

My name is Victor Sanni, a '24 and potential Materials Engineering major from Abuja, Nigeria. This Summer, I worked at the Hautier Lab at Dartmouth which focuses on exploring potential properties of novel materials using computational techniques. My research specifically focuses on potential ferroelectric materials, which are useful because they are polarized spontaneously in the absence of any external electric field. Like ferromagnetic, ferroelectrics are used in a wide range of electronic devices. My research was thrilling because it was completely computational and so wasn't affected by COVID. I was amazed by how much different fields of science intersect, and I got hands-on experience with what materials scientists actually do. My research has empowered me with invaluable tools that will go with me throughout my academic career, and I am grateful for the opportunity the E.E. Just Program has provided me.

Phuc Tran '24

Research Mentor: Alberto Quattrini Li, Computer Science


Phuc Tran '24

I'm a '24 from Lawrenceville, Georgia, majoring in Computer Science with interests in Human-Centered Design and Asian Studies! Over this summer, I worked with Professor Quattrini Li in the robotics lab to conduct a personal project on multiple obstacle avoidances. I explored coding implementations to develop an algorithm for trajectory clustering that would allow autonomous surface vehicles to avoid multiple obstacles at the same time. The E.E. Just Program introduced me to the field of robotics research, and I was fortunate to enter a community of diverse and passionate peers!

Class of 2023 - E.E. Just Summer Interns

Our 2020 summer interns were Daniel Abate '23, Chase Alvarado-Anderson '23, Lydia Davis '23, John Ejiogu '23, Joana Lame '23, Kuziva Mahwire '23, Isabelle Wilson '23, Amina Zoklat '23. Read on to find out more about some of these researchers and their projects.

Daniel Abate '23

Research Mentor: Ekaterina Pletneva, Chemistry


Daniel Abate '23

My name is Daniel Abate and I am a Dartmouth '23. I am an Ethiopian, but I grew up in Kenya, and at Dartmouth, I am studying Biomedical Engineering with a possible minor in mathematics. During the summer, I conducted research with professor Ekaterina Pletneva in the Chemistry department on the structure of the protein cytochrome c4 from the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and I ran simulations to optimize the structures each of the monoheme fragments that form the protein. I also developed outreach Chemistry modules that related topics such as redox reactions and oxidation numbers with the COVID-19 pandemic. The E.E. Just Program introduced me to the practices and norms of scientific academia and inspired me to engage more enthusiastically with research at the undergraduate level and beyond.

Lydia Davis '23

Research Mentor: Kari Griswold, Engineering


Lydia Davis '23

I am a '23 from California who's planning on being a bio major. My work this past summer was focused on non-canonical interactions between antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) and human lysozyme against pathogenic Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The E.E. Just Summer Internship was extremely helpful because it exposed me to topics that I had never explored before which were very interesting and allowed me to create a useful connection with Dartmouth faculty. I also was able to develop new skills in data analysis and scientific writing outside of the classroom environment.

John Ejiogu '23

Research Mentor: Dean Wilcox, Chemistry


John Ejiogu '23

My name is John C. Ejiogu, an international student member of the class of '23 from Imo, Nigeria. I am economics major and am on the pre-med track. Over the course of the summer, I was a member of the Thermodynamics of Metal-Protein Interactions lab under Prof. Dean Wilcox. Being a member of this lab availed me the opportunity to delve into understanding the use of Isothermal Titration Calorimetry  (ITC) (a relatively novel calorimetric technique) to quantify heat changes associated with the binding of metal-ions to proteins. And understanding these heat changes can prove crucial to gaining more information about metal-ion protein interactions in biochemical systems. I very much appreciate the opportunity that the E.E Just Internship afforded me in this regard because not only did I acquire new academic knowledge, but also I discovered an interest in conducting research, a process that fosters continuous and better understanding of our world. 

Isabelle Wilson '23

Research Mentor: Kyle Smith, Center for Social Brain Sciences, Psychological & Brain Sciences


Isabelle Wilson '23

My name is Isabelle Wilson. I am a Dartmouth '23 from Oakland, California. I am majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Spanish. I work in the Smith Lab which is researching the neural basis for habitual behavior and motivation. My research focuses on the causal role of neural projections between the central nucleus of the amygdala and the substantia nigra pars compacta in establishing habitual behavior. However, with remote circumstances this summer, I mainly worked on analyzing electrophysiological data to demonstrate the correlation between the firing rate of various neurons in the amygdala and events occurring in the environment. The process of neural data analysis involves preprocessing, running automatic cluster cutting software through MATLAB to identify and isolate potential activity from candidate neurons, visually inspecting and sorting through neural data, and taking this cut data to examine waveforms and spike frequencies. I am incredibly grateful to the E.E. Just Program for providing me with this opportunity to expand my interests in neuroscience, explore a potential career in research, and meet a community of inspiring peers.

Class of 2022 - E.E. Just Summer Interns

Our 2019 summer interns included Sofie Blahova '22, Hannah Burd '22, Tinotenda Kuretu '22, Michael Moyo '22, Zion Slaughter '22. Read on to find out more about some of these researchers and their projects.

Hannah Burd '22

Research Mentor: Mark Welch, Marine Biological Laboratory


Hannah Burd '22

My name is Hannah Burd and I am a '22 from the Northshore of Massachusetts. I am an engineering major with interests in biology and digital arts. I spent the summer after my freshman year doing molecular biology and genetics research in the Mark Welch Lab at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA thanks to the E.E. Just Program. The summer was filled with countless learning opportunities from visiting scientists, mentors, and friends and concluded with a poster presentation. It was a truly amazing experience that I will never forget!

Tinotenda Kuretu '22

Research Mentor: Samuel Lee, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Vice Chair for VA Affairs, Department of Medicine, Chief, Medicine Service, White River Junction VAMC


Tinotenda Kuretu '22

I am a '22 from Harare, Zimbabwe, majoring in Economics and Global Health. In my freshmen summer, I worked at the Veterans Affairs Hospital-White River Junction in Dr. Lee's Infectious Diseases Lab, where I utilized the CRISPR-Cas9 system to investigate the molecular mechanisms of C. albicans endocytosis to define the secretory pathways of secreted virulence proteins and determine if mutations in these pathways influence biofilm formation and virulence. And recently, during my sophomore summer, I started working with Dr. Carrie Colla at The Dartmouth Institute of Health of Policy and Clinical Practice, where I am investigating the health economics of opioid prescribing practices and exploring intervention methods that can be used to reduce low-value care in the U.S. The E.E. Just Program has accelerated, facilitated my academic growth, and sharpened my research skills in ways I could never have imagined. Also, it has provided me with a community of insanely talented, diverse, and genuine folks. The program is a highlight of my Dartmouth experience!