For the second year in a row, the Georgia Tech IEN teamed up with the Atlanta Public School System (APS) in order to provide internships for junior and senior level high school students from Atlanta area schools. The program was coordinated by Mikkel A. Thomas, Nancy Healy, and Leslie O’Neill, of the IEN, and Tracy Joyner and Shirley Pattman-Stubbs of the Gifted and Talented Education Program of the APS. The program allowed four students from three different Atlanta area high schools to come to Georgia Tech and work with graduate students in varying technical areas. Interns experienced what it is like to work side by side with Georgia Tech researchers and gained valuable hands on experience in the researchers’ labs. The interns, after a daylong orientation session, spent one and half hours each week with their mentors. The program consisted of eight weekly sessions and was conducted from February 23, 1016 to May 3, 2016. The internship culminated in a capstone event on May 10, 2016 in which the students discussed their laboratory experience and training and presented the findings of their research.
The APS students hosted at the IEN were Mamadou Balde, D’Andre Brown, Titilayo Peters, and Xavier Bell. Mamdou worked with mentor Albert Ahn and PI Dr. Dong Qin examining the shape stability of Ag nanocrystals. D’Andre worked with Mentor Ali Kazim and PI Dr. Baratunde Cola studying thermo-electrochemical cell design and characterization. Titalayo worked with mentor Bailey Risteen and PI Dr. Elsa Reichmanis researching the optimization of alkoxysilane grafting on cellulose nanocrystals. Xavier Bell worked with mentor David Brown and PI Dr. Baratunde Cola examining the thermal characterization of semiconductors using ultrafast pulsed lasers.