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 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

Daniel Abate '23

Research Mentor: Ekaterina Pletneva, Chemistry

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

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

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

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.

Hannah Burd '22

Research Mentor: Mark Welch, Marine Biological Laboratory

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

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!