2017 Summer Undergraduate Internship Projects

For the fourth year, the Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research (NCESR) offered a summer internship opportunity energy sciences research to undergraduate students in the amount of up to $5,000 for the summer of 2017.  Each recipient prepared a poster to describe their research.  The posters were presented during the Nebraska Summer Research Symposium on August 9, 2017 at the University of Nebraska City Campus Union.  A total of 192 student researchers, representing 19 research programs, participated in the event which was sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, Office of Graduate Studies, and Office of Undergraduate Research.

Back Row: Andrew Myers (intern), Ehsan Rezaei (Postdoc with Joseph Turner), Evan Updike (intern), Adam Liska (faculty advisor to Evan), Alan Dostal (NPPD), Nang Nguyen (NPPD). Front Row: Quynh Tran (intern), David Berkowiz (faculty advisor to Quynh), Matthew Penne (intern), Wei Qiao (faculty advisor to Matthew)

Andrew Myers, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Poster:  Quantifying the Mechanics of Plant Cell Wall Growth

Evan Updike, Department of Biological Systems Engineering
Poster:  Profitable Use of Biochar in Agricultural Soils

Matthew Penne, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Poster:  Generating Electricity from Highway Traffic

Quynh Tran, Department of Chemistry
Poster:  Enzymatic Dynamic Reductive Kinetic Resolution (DYRKE) as a Route into Value Added Building Blocks:  D-Glucose as Biorenewable Reductant (Unavailable for viewing prior to publication)