Extending the ARISE Experience

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Even after the ARISE summer research program for high school students is officially over, some participants continue their research into the school year in NYU School of Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences labs. These efforts can turn into significant accomplishments and contributions to scientific and engineering fields. Here, several inspiring examples of work conducted by ARISE students that have truly become part of the STEM research community.

ARISE, supported by the Pinkerton Foundation, focuses on providing students with the opportunity to contribute to real, ongoing research in a University lab. Once they have experienced life in a research lab over the summer, some students are so dedicated, they can’t bear to leave just because school has started again! ARISE 2014 students Paulina and Edward will continue their work on chimeric nucleotides in Professor Ratislav Levicky’s Bio-interfacial Lab. In Professor Nikhil Gupta’s Composite Materials and Mechanics Lab, Brian will continue to work on the development of lightweight composite materials. Vi will extend her research in Professor Jin Kim’s Biomolecular Engineering Lab on the effects of small molecules on the stability of the xylanase enzyme in bacteria. 1150267_319240784888107_1779567122_nFollowing are amazingly impressive updates on several ARISE 2013 students who began their work in NYU Engineering labs in July that year: Jason, who worked in Professor Maurizio Porfiri’s Dynamical Systems Lab, is second author on “Underwater energy harvesting from a turbine hosting ionic polymer metal composites” in the peer-reviewed journal, Smart Materials and Structures. His co-authors include his graduate student mentor and Dr. Porfiri. The Dynamical Systems Lab focuses on marine robotics and the development of autonomous systems. IMG_1701Tanzila, who worked in Professor Rastislav Levicky‘s Bio-interfacial Engineering and Diagnostics Lab is now a freshman at NYU Engineering majoring in chemical engineering. This fall, based on her research in Dr. Levicky’s lab, she will be attending the BioMod competition, an annual biomolecular design competition held at Harvard, with her former mentor, PhD student Ursula Koniges, ARISE 2013 student lab partner, Kip, and her ARISE 2014 peers Paulina and Edward. Their project focuses on DNA/RNA hybrids called chimeras for use in developing a bimolecular computer. Tanzila wrote a guest blog for the Center last year describing how the ARISE experience solidified her goals to enter the field of engineering.

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Alex, a third ARISE 2013 alum conducted research in Professor Nasir Memon’s Information Systems and Internet Security (ISIS) Lab with mentor Tzipora Halevy. Last week he attended the 15th Joint International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Conference on Communications and Multimedia Security, an academic conference held in Portugal, to present the work he began as an ARISE student. He gave a paper on which he is first author, single-handedly representing his Lab at the conference. IFIP is a multinational, apolitical organization in Information

& Communications Technologies and Sciences.

Congratulations to these ARISE students on their accomplishments and commitment!

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