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SULI and STAR Interns Shine

(Image)Mentors and interns from SLAC’s Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship and Science Teacher and Researcher programs celebrated a summer of research and learning with a barbeque lunch in the Sector 6 picnic area yesterday. Participants shared stories from the summer. Director Persis Drell was on hand to offer congratulations and talk about the two programs.  

The SULI and STAR programs pair college students and recent college graduates with SLAC mentors, who guide the interns through an eight- or nine-week intensive research program. SULI, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, gives undergraduates the opportunity to conduct research on topics ranging from accelerator physics to science writing.

(Image)The STAR program, which ran at SLAC for the first time this summer, allows aspiring sixth- through twelfth-grade science teachers to experience hands-on science through research internships at various Department of Energy laboratories. (See "STAR Program Receives a Boost," March 18.)

In her speech, Drell praised the two programs for the unique opportunities they provide. "I’ve had many past participants tell me, ‘SULI made me want to go to graduate school’ or ‘SULI made me want to pursue a research position,’” she said.

(Image)After Persis' talk, Education Officer Susan Schultz presented the annual Ernest Coleman award to UC Berkeley undergraduate Adam Zok. The award is given to one SULI student who demonstrates good citizenship as well as scholastic aptitude over the course of the program. In her presentation, Schultz praised Zok’s “enthusiasm and initiative” in planning recreational activities for his fellow interns. Schultz said, “[he] took great joy in acting for the needs of others.”

—Martin Sanchez
SLAC Today, August 14, 2008

Above photos (click for larger images):
Top right: SULI and STAR participants and mentors enjoy a picnic lunch.
Left: Persis Drell congratulates Maria Gonzalez.
Lower right: Susan Schultz presents Adam Zok with the Ernest Coleman award.