The Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity

Scholars 2015

CoMotion Mary Gates Innovation Scholars 2015

2015 Summer Internship Program

Selected 2015 Scholars

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Danica Balsiger

Institution: University of Washington

Faculty Mentor: Brian Theodore, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

Faculty Mentor: Brian Theodore, Anesthesiology and Pain MedicineDanica is a rising senior at the University of Washington where she is majoring in Bioengineering and minoring in Global Health.  She spent the summer working in the Center for Pain Relief at the University of Washington implementing PainTracker, a pain specific patient reported outcome questionnaire, and analyzing patient responses and effectiveness of the system.  She hopes to in the future work in the global health non-profit sector and in her free time enjoys reading, skiing, dancing, hiking, and traveling.

 

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Victoria Chambers

Institution: University of Washington

Faculty Mentor: Jared Olson, Rehabilitation Medicine

Victoria is a rising senior at the University of Washington, double majoring in Psychology and Early Childhood and Family Studies. At the University of Washington she works with the project vHAB which focuses on creating a business out of virtual rehabilitation. The proposed rehabilitation style will create better outcomes for the rehab patient by making the rehabilitation process less time consuming for the therapist, allowing them to take on more patients and spend more time on each patient, along with developing a therapy routine that is easy and interesting to follow for the patient. Victoria is using her experiences to approach this growing business from the developing child and the family’s point of view. This process shows itself in two ways: 1) Modifying and adapting games that are used in child development to the virtual rehabilitation world, and 2) Identifying the role of the family in rehabilitation and innovating new ideas to implement the results.

 

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Joonseok Lee

Institution: University of Washington

Faculty Mentor: Eric Klavins, Electrical Engineering

Joonseok is a rising fifth year student at the University of Washington. He is majoring in Electrical Engineering. He has been involved in the Sensors, Energy, and Automation Laboratory, where he and his team worked on coming up with image processing algorithms. This summer he is working as a web/software development intern for eBIOSEC, a company focused on providing information, analysis, and encryption for genetic parts used in synthetic biology. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, eating good food, and listening to music.

 

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Natalie Lew

Institution: University of Washington

Faculty Mentor: Heather Evans, Surgery

Natalie is a rising junior in the Honors Program, studying both Interaction Design and Philosophy. This summer, she is working with mPOWEr, a mobile post-operation wound evaluator that allows patients and providers to connect, as an interaction design intern. During the school year, Natalie works on graphic design for TEDxUofW and is an on campus tour guide, and she will soon be joining ASUW’s Arts and Entertainment board as outreach coordinator and designer. In her free time, Natalie loves hiking, making berry pies, and reading Oliver Sacks books.

 

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Jennifer Look

Institution: University of Washington

Faculty Mentor: Ram Savan, Immunology

Jennifer is a rising senior at the University of Washington majoring in Biology and Comparative History of Ideas with a minor in Statistics. This summer, she is working with the Ram Lab in the Department of Immunology. Jennifer’s project focuses on genetically engineering Lactobacillus bacteria to produce type III interferon in order to treat viral infection of the gut. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Seattle, reading fashion blogs, and eating good food.

 

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Kiet T. Phong

Institution: University of Washington
Faculty Mentor: Gene Hopping, Bioengineering

Kiet is a rising senior in the Bioengineering department at the University of Washington, with a minor in Mathematics. His research in the Zheng Laboratory focuses on the interaction between red blood cell progenitors and endothelial cells lining the blood vessels and is supported by the Mary Gates Research Scholarship. This summer he is in the Daggett Lab studying the use of small synthetic peptides in preventing the formation of protein aggregates, found in amyloid diseases like Alzhiemer’s and Parkinson’s. He plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in Bioengineering upon graduation. In his free time, Kiet enjoys hiking and making bread from scratch.

 

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Ariana Samuelson

Institution: University of Washington
Faculty Mentor:  François Baneyx, Chemical Engineering

Ariana is a rising senior at the University of Washington majoring in Biochemistry. During the school year, Ariana works in the Promislow Lab studying aging and metabolism in fruit flies. For this summer, she is working in the Baneyx Lab in Chemical Engineering designing a new protein purification technology. This technology involves using silica and a newly designed Car9 tag, which acts similarly to the His tags that are currently widely used in protein purification. In her free time, she enjoys watching Seattle sports teams, going to concerts, and spending time with friends and family. After graduating in Spring 2016, she plans to attend graduate school to obtain a Ph.D. in Biochemistry or Pharmacology.

 

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Jiwei Wang

Institution: University of Washington

Faculty Mentor: Howard Chizeck, Electrical Engineering

Jiwei is currently contributing himself to the “Haptic Passwords Internship” with the CoMotion Mary Gates Innovation Scholars Program. This project mainly deals with programming and testing haptic devices and security interfaces on a tangible, mobile testbed. Jiwei’s research interests involve control, signal processing and embedded systems. He participated in the “Electric Spring” research with Linda Bushnell. As a grader for the EE department, he helps students during his office hours and gives feedback after grading students’ finals and midterms. During his spare time, he has a habit of learning new knowledge on his own, such as Android App Development. He is always looking forward to participating in interesting and challenging research because his future goal is to pursue a Master’s/Ph.D. degree. He believes that as long as you would like to give him a chance, he will never let you down!