Astrophysics at California Institute of Technology
Students will have the opportunity to work within Dr. Christian Ott’s research in astrophysics and gravitational pull alongside Sarah Gossan, graduate student. One apprentice will explore the universe and analyze the data that results in explosion of stars. Dr. Ott’s research is aimed at answering questions about the nature of space and time, the gravitational attraction at atomically small and cosmological large distances and the use of gravitational waves to explore the universe. Prerequisites: Student should have basic knowledge in statistics and demonstrate interest in studying cosmology.
Cancer Research at The Angeles Clinic
One student will have the opportunity to work in The Angeles Clinic under Dr. Omid Hamid. The Apprentice will experience firsthand clinical research that includes novel targeted agents, immunotherapeutics, and early drug development. As the Director of the Melanoma Center at The Angeles Clinic and Research Institute, Dr. Omid Hamid works to ensure that patients receive access to the most up-to-date therapeutics, based on molecular pathways of melanoma progression. Most recently, in his role with the Phase 1 Developmental Therapeutics Program, Dr. Hamid has been instrumental in bringing new therapies from the investigational lab to the clinic for patient benefit. These therapies involve immunological therapies such as PD-1 inhibitors, therapies against tumor angiogenesis, and targeted agents that block internal processes in tumor cells’ function. Along with researching with Dr. Hamid, the Apprentice will shadow clinicians, pharmacists, registered research nurses, and learn about the workings of a clinical research facility. Applicants must be 15 years of age or older at the start of the program to be placed at this site.
Debris Flow at California Institute of Technology
This is an opportunity to work with the Michael Lamb Surface Processes Group in geomorphology. Often unpredictable and dangerous, fast moving debris flow occurs after heavy rainfall or forest fires on steep terrains. Utilizing a large scale mechanical flume, Apprentice will apply their knowledge of physics and geology to analyze varying environments conducive for debris flows. Applicants must be 16 years of age or older at the start of the program to be placed at this site.
Interactive Learning About the Universe With the WorldWide Telescope at the California Institute of Technology
This is an astronomy popularization project for two Apprentices, in the group led by Prof. S. G. Djorgovski at Caltech.
The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a sky browser developed by Microsoft Research. It allows a user to explore the sky at a variety of scales and wavelengths and to learn about interesting celestial objects. One nice feature of the WWT is that anyone can create “tours”—multi-media presentations that use it as a platform to showcase or explain particular kinds of astronomical objects, phenomena, etc. (for example, galaxies, supernova remnants, and so on). These tours can then be used as a great educational and public outreach devices.
The goal of this project is to create a number of such tours that can be shared publicly. The presentation level should be about what a high school student would understand—think of it as explaining some astronomical bit to your friends—and it should be both fun to make and fun to watch.
Prerequisites: A passion for astronomy is required, as well as some basic knowledge thereof (e.g., at a popular book level). Programming experience is a plus. Applicants must be 16 years of age or older at the start of the program to be placed at this site.
Biomathematics and Life Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles
Two students will have the opportunity to work with Dr. Van Savage in the department of Life Sciences at UCLA. The Apprentice will use mathematical approaches to understand the causes and consequences of the extraordinary diversity in form and function that exist in biological systems. This site involves independent research as well as data analysis to discover how organismal physiology influences biological structure and dynamics. Suggested prerequisites: strong writing and communication skills, experience in Microsoft Office, strong biology and physics skills, and interest in web design and database language. Applicants must be 15 years of age or older at the start of the program to be placed at this site.
Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles
Two students will work with Dr. Pamela Yeh at UCLA. Dr. Yeh is an evolutionary biologist, and she focuses on evolution of drug resistance in bacteria. Specifically, she is interested in understanding how we can use drug combinations to slow down the evolution of increased antibiotic resistance and to decrease the likelihood of future evolution of resistance. Applicants must be 15 years of age or older at the start of the program to be placed at this site.
Pediatric Medical Research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Two Apprentices will work in the laboratory of Dr. Henri Ford and Dr. Jeffrey Upperman of Pediatric Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Students will study the pathogenesis of necrotizing enterocolitis, a devastating intestinal disease of premature infants. The students will work with experts in intestinal physiology, molecular biology, and functional genomics. The focus of the research activity is to look at molecular pathways that predispose the intestinal barrier to destruction. Students will present their findings at the end of the program to Mentors and their colleagues. Prerequisites: courses completed in biology and/or other sciences, interest in medicine, demonstrated leadership, and organization and time-management skills. Applicants must be 15 years of age or older at the start of the program to be placed at this site.
Data Science and Mobile App Development at the University of Southern California’s Integrated Media Systems Center
Within USC’s Integrated Media Systems Center, students will have the exciting opportunity to learn, use, and develop various platforms in which Big Data is collected, interpreted, and communicated. Our Apprentices will work closely with a team of computer science scholars and electrical engineers under the guidance of Dr. Cyrus Shahabi, Director of Integrated Media Systems Center, Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Director of USC’s Information Laboratory, and co-founder of Geosemble Technologies, to research data-driven solutions for real-world application. Dr. Shahabi and his brilliant team will lead our Apprentices as they explore geo-spatial metadata-security systems, social media through geocrowdsourcing video data, patterns of patient mobility-health, and/or transportation sensor data. Prerequisites: Basic working knowledge of computer programming. Students must be resourceful and creative.
Applications must be postmarked by Thursday, May 14, 2015.