UMass Amherst

2007 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience


2007 SURE Participants (left to right): Thomas Tabb, Sean Paradiso, Jimmy Deng, Jackie Washington, Megan Murphy, Aimee Khan, and Yitzi Calm.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst's Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program in Nanotechnology hosted seven students for a 10-week practical research experience in nanotechnology from June 4 to August 10, 2007. Students attended seminars and workshops, and went on field trips to the University at Albany and to Boston. Participants in the SURE Program receive a $3,400 stipend, free housing and travel. Each student presents original research at a Poster Session in early August. The SURE program is coordinated by the MassNanoTech Institute, with funding from the NSF Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing and the NSF IGERT program in Nanotechnology Innovation.

Yitzi Calm is a 19 year old student from Sharon, Massachusetts who is interested in nanotechnology. He hopes to acquire his Ph.D. and some day work for a top semiconductor or other manufacturing company. This summer he worked on "Fabrication of Nanowire Arrays With the Use of an Energetically Aligned Diblock Copolymer Template," under Prof. Mark Tuominen. His research has the potential to be used in denser computer chips to increase efficiency and save money. Yitzi is currently an undergraduate at UMass Amherst and is also a member of the UMass Wrestling team.
   
Jimmy Deng was the youngest student to participate in the summer research program at UMass Amherst this year. He joined us from Victoria, Texas where he attends the University of North Texas. Jimmy worked on "Fracture of Polymers and Composites" with Prof. Allen Lesser in his lab. He was really excited to be working on research that could possibly have a huge impact on packaging strength and even on airplane safety.
   
Aimee Khan joined the nanotechnology summer researchers and Prof. Surita Bhatia this year at UMass Amherst, where she focused on the "Mathematical Modeling of Drop Size Distribution of a Turbulently Agitated Batch Emulsion." She is originally from Sharon, Massachusetts and is currently working toward her bachelor's degree at UMass Amherst. She hopes to find a career that allows her to do advanced math modeling in chemical engineering. When Aimee isn't in her lab she enjoys playing the piano, sketching birds and learning about fractals.
   
Megan Murphy spent the summer of 2007 researching "Heat Denuration of Modular Globular Protein (Beta-lactoglobulin)" with Prof. David McClements at UMass Amherst. She hopes her research can impact areas such as removing oils from food, food preservation and creating healthier food. Megan is from Montague, Massachusetts and is a senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She received the Wayne Jones and Borawski scholarship this past spring. Her dream is to pursue graduate studies in biochemistry and build a career in the food or pharmaceutical industry.
   
Sean Paradiso is a Sophomore at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He participated in the SURE program at UMass Amherst studying "Selectively Extracting Peptides Using Polymers" under Prof. Sankaran Thavumanavan. He hopes to have a career in research and development of fuel cells or alternative energy. Sean also enjoys playing around with Linux and is a self-proclaimed "Linux nut!"
   
Thomas Tabb is a senior at UMass Amherst. He is from East Longmeadow, Massachusetts and plays hockey with UMass' team. Tom's summer research was on "Functionalization and Clinical Diagnostic Applications of ZnSe Quantum Dots." It is hoped that research in this area can aid in diagnosing diseases in the future. Tom also received the Simon and Satendig Ermonian Memorial Scholarship for 2007-08 and has made the Dean's List every semester since being at UMass. He hopes to make the Dean's List for all of his 8 semesters at UMass and wants to pursue his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering.
   
Jacqueline Washington joined the UMass summer research program this year from Liberty, Mississippi where she is a senior at the University of Mississippi. She worked under Prof. Richard Vachet on "Using Amphiphilic Nanocontainers to Separate Compounds by Isoelectric Point." She plans on becoming a forensic chemist and possibly even operating her own crime lab one day.

Photo Album

Field trip to Albany Nanotech, July 12

Poster Session, August 3