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DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program Participant Stories

Tierney Sugrue

As a participant in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security HS-STEM Summer Internship Program, Tierney Sugrue conducted research on a high profile national security issue: the detection of explosives and the machinery used to detect them. Sugrue, a chemistry major at Stevenson University, Md., relocated to the Transportation Security Laboratory in Atlantic City, N.J. for the summer to participate in the program. Read more...

Benjamin Kaiser

Benjamin Kaiser, a physics major from Elon University, spent his summer in northeast Las Vegas, not tossing around dice, but instead playing it safe for a newly developed airborne radiation detector, ARES or the Airborne Radiological Enhanced-sensor System. For 10 weeks, Kaiser focused his time on ensuring the air and ground data gathered from ARES, a computerized system flown on an aircraft, was accurate. Read more...

Jessica Elinberg

Regardless of whether undergraduate chemist Jessica Elinburg would say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, she has certainly spent a lot of time getting to know them better. Elinburg had a unique assignment as part of her summer research internship—inspecting and analyzing gemstones, particularly diamonds, at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Laboratories and Scientific Services Directorate facility in Springfield, Va. Read more...

Anton Yanchilin

Unlike many college students, Anton Yanchilin did not spend his summer lounging around in a bathing suit and soaking up the summer rays—instead he bundled up in waterproof gear and set sail on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, for a research cruise in the Arctic Ocean. Read more...

Emma Lieberman

Emma Lieberman united her passion for analytics and post-disaster recovery through her participation in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security HS-STEM Summer Internship Program. By investigating the strengths and weaknesses of two post-Katrina housing recovery programs, she worked towards determining what characteristics a long-term recovery housing program should have. Read more...

Denise Williams

As a junior double majoring in forensic science and chemistry at the University of New Haven, Denise Williams wanted a first-hand look at what a chemist really does. She found it through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security HS-STEM Summer Internship Program. Read more...

Sara Harrison

As a stranger to the realm of internships, Sara Harrison was surprised by the knowledge, experience and direction she gained by participating in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security HS-STEM Summer Internship Program. Read more...

Robert Baker

A long-standing interest in national security made it easy for Robert Baker to find his way to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security HS-STEM Summer Internship Program. Read more...

Robert Baker

Stanford student Cesar Ambriz, a participant in the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security HS-STEM Summer Internship Program, is helping develop a portable diagnostic test to determine the presence of various viruses like Ebola in biological samples like blood. The goal is to have a reliable assay to aid in quick detection. Read more...

Robert Baker

A native of the small town of Burnt Hills in upstate New York, Courtney Elwell is spending her first summer away from home. She runs every day, visits nearby beaches, and uses the rest of her time to develop her math and chemistry skills at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Transportation Security Laboratory in New Jersey. Read more...