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DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program Participant Stories

lieberman

Emma Lieberman united her passion for analytics and post-disaster recovery through her participation in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) HS-STEM (homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics) 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...

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 (DHS) HS-STEM (homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Summer Internship Program. Read more...

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 (DHS) HS-STEM (homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Summer Internship Program. Read more...

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 (DHS) HS-STEM (homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Summer Internship Program. Read more...

doerter

For the second summer in a row, Christina Doerter, a senior disaster management major at Jacksonville State University, returned to ORNL to study ways communities may enhance their resilience - the ability to quickly recover key services after a hurricane or other disaster strikes. Read more...

lesiak

Ashton Lesiak studied soil radiation levels to evaluate the possible effects on people and the environment during her research with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's HS-STEM Summer Internship Program. Read more...

baruwa

Buki Fatima Baruwa studied how to prioritize wide-area restoration of a large urban area following a terrorist attack involving aerial release of aerosolized anthrax. Read more...

davisMoses

Moses Davis, a participant in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security HS-STEM Summer Internship Program, is developing skills in simulation models at ORNL to contribute to transportation security improvement projects. Read more...

galvan

As a participant in the DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program, Shaun Galvan worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory synthesizing gold and silver particles to enhance Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy analysis of explosive substances. Read more...

dickenson

Undergraduate Matthew Dickenson studied leadership transitions within terrorist organizations while participating in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security HS-STEM Summer Internship Program. Read more...

ambriz

Stanford student Cesar Ambriz, a participant in the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security's 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...

elwell

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 (DHS) Transportation Security Laboratory (TSL) in New Jersey. Read more...

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