March 27, 2017

Discovery Park undergraduate research internships now available for student applications

Discovery Park is piloting the second phase of its Undergraduate Research Internship Program this summer for undergraduate researchers. Through the internship program, Discovery Park will bring together select groups of undergraduates, graduate mentors and faculty.

Students may submit applications for joining up to three projects through April 9. All eligible student applications will be forwarded to faculty project supervisors for review and final selection. Each participating student will earn a $4,500 summer fellowship over 10 weeks.

Building on the momentum from the launch of the Institute for Global Security and Defense Innovation, the summer program will focus on issues affecting global security. The projects selected for this summer’s program are:

* "Open Source Intelligence using Global Network Cameras," by Yung-hsiang Lu, associate professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, in collaboration with Dan DeLaurentis, professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics.

* "Exhaled Breath Condensates for Detection of Stress and Early-stage Disease," by Alex Wei, professor, Chemistry, in collaboration with Lia Stanciu, professor, Materials Engineering.

* "Security and User Deception in Interactive Computing Systems," by Colin Gray, assistant professor, Computer Graphics Technology, in collaboration with Marisa Exter, assistant professor, Education.

* "Developing Cost-Effective Thermoelectric Materials for Civil Infrastructure Applications," by Luna Lu, associate professor, Civil Engineering, in collaboration with Jianguo Mei, assistant professor, Chemistry.

* "Conformal Thermoelectric Generator for Self-powered Sensors," by  Luna Lu, associate professor, Civil Engineering, in collaboration with Gary J. Cheng, associate professor, Industrial Engineering.

* "Global Food Security Through Reducing Water Consumption in Perennial Crops," by David Ebert, the Silicon Valley Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, in collaboration with Christian E. Butzke, professor, Food Science.

* "Development of a Plant Tattoo for Managing Crop Stress," by Chongli Yuan, associate professor, Chemical Engineering, in collaboration with Alex Wei, professor, Chemistry.

* "Journalists Under Threat: Does Economic Anxiety Change the Way Journalists Report About Terrorism?" by Aaron Hoffman, associated professor, Political Science, in collaboration with Erin Hennes, assistant professor, Psychological Sciences.

* "Ultrafast Single-photon Emitter for Secure Quantum Communication," by Vlad Shalaev, the Burnett Distinguished Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering.

* "Detection of Hemorrhage for Mass Casualty Application," by Paul Griffin, professor, Industrial Engineering, in collaboration with Mohammad Adibuzzaman, assistant research scientist, Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering.

* "Individualized Medicine for Better Care Outcomes: Applications in Military Medicine," by Rex Reklaitis, the Burton and Kathryn Gedge Distinguished Professor, Chemical Engineering), in collaboration with Poching DeLaurentis, research scientist, Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering.

Interested students can apply through the online system until April 9. Selected students will be notified on or around April 21.

The newly revised DURI program was developed through a special committee composed of Dorothy Teegarden (College of Health and Human Sciences), Carrie Berger (Purdue Polytechnic Institute) and Kristina Bross (Purdue Honors College).

The Institute for Global Security and Defense Innovation aims to provide cross-cutting research capabilities in STEM, advanced instrumentation, nanotechnology, social and behavioral sciences, big data/simulation/cyber security, entrepreneurship, and complex systems. These cross-cutting capabilities will consist of, but not be limited to, research in autonomous/cognitive systems, cyber, propulsion, energetics and thermal management, advanced electronics and photonics.

Students who have questions about the program may contact Heather Anthrop at or the program manager, Peter Bermel, at

Writer: Amy Schlueter, 765-496-7823,
Source: Cliff Wojtalewicz, 765-496-3961,

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