Pasadena City College Student Janet Teng Awarded Barry Goldwater Scholarship

The Goldwater Scholarship Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious national scholarships in the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics in the United States, seeks to identify and support college sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise of becoming this Nation’s next generation of research leaders in these fields.

According to the 2022 Scholars Press Release, from an estimated pool of over 5,000 college sophomores and juniors, 1,242 natural science, engineering and mathematics students were nominated by 433 academic institutions to compete for the 2022 Goldwater scholarships. Of students who reported, 175 of the Scholars are men, 234 are women, and virtually all intend to obtain a Ph.D. as their highest degree objective. Forty-five Scholars are mathematics and computer science majors, 308 are majoring in the natural sciences, and 64 are majoring in engineering. Many of the Scholars have published their research in leading professional journals and have presented their work at professional society conferences.

2022 Goldwater Scholars Announced

Janet Teng, Pasadena City College Student, is one of 417 college students from across the United States to be selected for this highly respected scholarship. 

My research project is based on work performed at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The project specifically probes surface chemical reactivity between iron metal and oxygen gas using the novel Operando Atom Probe Tomography analytical technique. This new approach to correlating the spatial signal with reaction time reveals the surface reaction kinetics and the crystal structure relationship of a material. Thus, mapping the progression of reactive gas penetration into metal surfaces to form metal oxides (i.e. corrosion) is made possible.

— Janet Teng, PCC Student and Undergraduate Researcher

Ms. Teng also expressed appreciation for all the support and guidance she received from her research mentors Dr. Jared Ashcroft, Dr. Tanya Faltens, Dr. Daniel Perea, Dr. Chiara Daraio, Dr. Sten Lambeets, Mr. Mark Wirth, and Dr. Yu-Chung Chang-Hou. Ms. Teng’s research and presentation is highlighted also in last fall’s Think Small post: 

You can also learn more about the Micro Nano Technology Collaborative Undergraduate Research Network (MNT-CURN) which offers a unique undergraduate research program for community college students.

Internship Season is Kicking Off for 2022

Two Internship Opportunities are in this post

NEATEC and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) offer a summer 2022 internship in Semiconductor and Nanotechnology

This is an opportunity for college students and recent graduates to learn about semiconductor and nanotechnology manufacturing processes by working in one of the most advanced centers in the nation. The student will be personally tutored by scientists and engineers at the NIST. A weekly stipend of $650 for the duration of the internship (14 weeks) and allowance of $500 for travel expenses.

Starting Date: May 23, 2022

Duration: 14 weeks

Venue: Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) NanoFab, at NIST – Gaithersburg, MD

Deadline: March 25, 2022. Visit this simple application form:

NEATEC NIST Internship Application – Summer 2022

Or download this PDF Flyer from NEATAC / NIST.  


Caltech Aerospace Mentorship Program (AMP) 

Caltech is offering a 10-week intensive summer research program in Caltech’s Aerospace department. The Aerospace Mentorship Program (AMP) offers summer interns the opportunity to complete a research project in faculty labs and work alongside graduate student mentors. Interns attend weekly seminars and skill development sessions, tour faculty labs, and participate in various social and cultural activities around Pasadena, CA. Participants receive a stipend of $6,840, plus $2,300 for on-campus housing and travel supplement.

Date: mid-June to late August 2022

Duration: 10 weeks

Venue: Caltech – Pasadena, CA

Deadline: March 31, 2022. Follow these links to apply: 

Summer AMP is a sub-program of Caltech’s WAVE Fellowships program and is intended for community college students. Applications are due by March 31, 2022. Students can start the application process via the SURF/WAVE webpage, here.

More information can be found at: AMP Summer Program.

Some Recent project titles:

  • Trajectory following for autonomous underwater vehicles
  • High strain rate compressive behavior of 3D printed aluminum 6061 of varying porosity
  • Implementation of reaction wheels and balancing for spacecraft simulators