Tartans Conduct College-Level Scientific Research as Part of Partnership With UC Irvine

Working with top academic minds in chemistry, computer science, mechanical and aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering and more, 14 St. Margaret’s Upper School students took part in a valuable internship in a college research environment this summer, through a longstanding partnership between St. Margaret’s and the University of California, Irvine.

Students presented their work and reflected on their experience at a showcase inside Hurlbut Theater on Wednesday.

The partnership between St. Margaret’s and the UCI Samueli School of Engineering is now in its 17th year. Coordinated by St. Margaret’s science teacher Jennifer Ross-Viola, Upper School engineering and science students are matched with UCI faculty members in a research area that aligns with their interest. Students spent eight weeks on their project this summer, either on UCI’s campus or remotely.

“These 14 students gained an understanding of college-level research under top academic minds,” Dr. Ross-Viola said. “We are so grateful for this opportunity, and we’ve seen over the 17 years of this partnership just how immensely valuable the experience is to St. Margaret’s students.”

Here are the Tartans who took part in this summer internship:

Aiden Momtaz, working with Associate Professor Michelle Digman: “The Effect of Stress on CHO Cell Focal Adhesions and Stress Granules: Effect of Varying Fibronectin Levels in Focal Adhesions.”

Charles Ihara, working with Associate Professor Michelle Digman: “The Effect of Stress on CHO Cell Focal Adhesions and Stress Granules: Effect of Varying Fibronectin Levels in Focal Adhesions.”

Emma Chang, working with Associate Professor Michelle Digman: “The Effect of Stress on CHO Cell Focal Adhesions and Stress Granules: Effect of Varying Fibronectin Levels in Focal Adhesions.”

Conrad Kistler, working with Assistant Professor Erdem Sasmaz: “Synthesizing Catalysts for Methane Oxidation – An Application of Machine Learning.”

Emma Bernstein, working with Associate Professor Han Li: “HpaBC Enzyme.”

Chloe Lias, working with Professor Nalini Venkatasubramanian: “Collecting Visual Data for Machine Learning Models in the Swade System.”

Dylan Meeks, working with professor Nader Bagherzadeh: “Multinomial Logistic Regression.”

Jeanie Liang, working with Professor Rachel Martin: “Automation with Arduino and 3D Printing.”

Katherine Rafla, working with Professor Rachel Martin: “Observing Crystallins in a Rockfish Eye Lens.”

Alex Georgiades, working with Professor David Reinkensmeyer: “Developing Nuisance for Home Proprioception Training.”

Skyla Cui, working with Professor David Reinkensmeyer: “FitMi Machine Learning.”

Charles Whiting, working with Professor David Reinkensmeyer: “Ankle Proprioception using EEG and EMG.”

Parisa Khashayar, working with Professor David Reinkensmeyer: “iHelp Rehabilitation Website.”

Celeste Taylor, working with Assistant Professor Bihter Padak: “Synthesizing CuMn and Cu Core Shell Particles.”
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