Tech offers paid, hands-on summer research opportunities to high schoolers

Mar 27, 2023 | Engineering and Science, General News

This summer, Louisiana Tech will offer on-campus research opportunities to qualified high school students who are interested in getting hands-on experience in chemistry and related fields.

The American Chemical Society has awarded Louisiana Tech a Project SEED (Summer Experiences for the Economically Disadvantaged) 2023 Program grant to fund five paid fellowships for high school students who are interested in chemistry and would like to get experience working in college labs.

In addition to the benefits of working in a college lab with Tech faculty and students, accepted applicants will earn $4,000 in pay over the fellowship – which will last from June 5 through August 4 – and the opportunity to earn up to $20,000 in scholarships.

Accepted applicants will have the opportunity to work on the following projects:

  • “Design, Build, and Test Charge Particle Detectors using Organic Scintillators” with Dr. Rakitha Beminiwattha, Associate Professor of Physics,
  • “Flexible High-Temperature Thermoelectric Energy Scavenging via Printable Metal Oxide Inks” with Dr. Arden Moore, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering,
  • “Catalytic Upcycling of Waste Plastics into Sustainable Fuels” with Dr. Yang Xiao, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering,
  • “Improving the Compatibility of Waste Plastic and Asphalt Binder via Theoretically Justified Identification of Compatible Blends” with Dr. Nazimuddin Wasiuddin, Professor of Civil Engineering,
  • and “Integration of Electrochemical and Electrophysiological Sensing on Flexible Multielectrode Arrays to Achieve Multimodality and Implant Stability” with Dr. Elisa Castagnola, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering.

Students who are interested in the program must apply by March 31.

For more information, contact Dr. Kristie Ruddick, Louisiana Tech ASCE SEED Program Coordinator.