Info for Current WMF Interns

Information for current WMF interns

CONGRATS on being accepted into the 2019 WMF Research Intern Program! Below you will find information about your internship and a list of your fellow 2019 interns.

Your responsibilities as a WMF student intern

  • Respond to emails from your faculty mentor/graduate students etc. in a reasonable amount of time (within 24 hours). Make sure you have a good line of communication with your mentor/graduate student advisor/laboratory tech.
  • Be respectful of your mentor, graduate students, and laboratory personnel they are offering up their valuable time to help you succeed in your research career.
  • As a part of a research group, you should feel welcome to ask questions! Also, make sure to take lots of notes.
  • Work on your research project with the end goal of presenting your findings at the annual WMF Research Symposium. Faculty mentors should be aware of this, but remind them that you should participate!

Upon selection into the program in December

  • Complete the following Google Docs:
    • (1) formally accepting the internship
    • (2) providing personal information for NASA funding reporting purposes

Spring Semester Items

  • Email your faculty mentor when you return from break to begin setting up a research schedule for the semester.
  • The spring semester stipend ($575) will be deposited into your student account in late January. Note that both google docs (see above) must be completed to receive the stipend.

Fall Semester Items

  • Complete this Google Doc re-confirming your participation in WMF for the fall semester.
  • Talk with your advisor about participating in the WMF Research Symposium. We HIGHLY encourage all WMF students to do a poster presentation on their research project and present it in November of their fall semester.
  • The fall semester stipend ($575) will be deposited into your student account in mid-September. The Google Doc reconfirming your participation must be completed to receive the fall semester stipend.

Potential Faculty Mentor Issues

If issues arise with your faculty mentor, such as those outlined below, please do not hesitate to contact the PA Space Grant office or the director of this program Dr. Erin DiMaggio (

Your advisor (or graduate student mentor) has not given you a research project in a reasonable amount of time

Your advisor is not responsive to emails or phone calls

You are being pressured to work more than 5 hours per week

You are asked to complete tasks that you are not comfortable with in the laboratory.

Potential Personal Issues

If personal issues arise and you need to discontinue your participation in the WMF research internship program please reach out to Dr. Erin DiMaggio at We will work to find the best solution for your situation.

Current 2019 WMF Research Interns

StudentFaculty mentorCollegeLab/Project
Jenna JohnsonLu BaiEberly College of ScienceThe Bai Lab – gene regulation by chromatin structure
Alexis MillerAllison BeeseEarth and Mineral SciencesInvestigating Material Properties Produced Through Additive Manufacturing of Metals
Greta MillerAllison BeeseEarth and Mineral SciencesInvestigating Material Properties Produced Through Additive Manufacturing of Metals
Isaiah GainesEmily BellEberly College of ScienceFueling Cancer Cell Migration and Metastasis
Patrick BrownTerrence BellAgricultural SciencesThe Microbiome Manipulation Lab
Paarth JainDavid BoehrEberly College of ScienceThe Boehr Lab – Biophysical chemistry of enzymes
Maria Camila Gonzalez TovarJustin BrownEngineeringMusculoskeletal Regenerative Engineering
Brianne HargroveJustin BrownEngineeringMusculoskeletal Regenerative Engineering
Katie ByrdJohn CarrollInformation Sciences and TechnologyCenter for Human-Computer Interaction
Rachael OwensJohn CarrollInformation Sciences and TechnologyCenter for Human-Computer Interaction
Wayne ZhaoLong-Qing ChenEarth and Mineral SciencesConstructing a solid interfacial energy database and machine learning
Jasmine MorganDarrell CockburnAgricultural SciencesThe Cockburn Lab – human gut microbiome research
Ashley MerlyDavid ConroyHealth and Human DevelopmentMotivation Laboratory
Grace Van PatterKenneth DavisEarth and Mineral SciencesLand-atmosphere Interactions and carbon cycle science
Zakaria NurFrancesco Di GioiaAgricultural SciencesVegetable Crop Science
Anicia AndersonMichele DiazLiberal ArtsLanguage and Aging Lab
Catherine KohlmanRoman DiBiaseEarth and Mineral SciencesGeomorphology and Landscape Evolution
Elizabeth PowderlyBlair EvansHealth and Human DevelopmentThe Team Lab
Eden ElmaMiriam FreedmanEberly College of ScienceCharacterization of Indoor Air Pollution Sources
Samantha SatterthwaiteAndris FreivaldsEngineeringCumulative Trauma Disorders Research
Lauren SternTanya FurmanEarth and Mineral SciencesGeochemistry and Volcanology Lab
Elizabeth DaileyNoel GiebinkEngineeringApplied Optoelectronics & Photonics Lab
Emily BuckinghamEnrique GomezEngineeringOptical Characterization of Conjugated Molecules and Advanced Processing for Conducting Polymers
Christine MideaRobert HickeyEarth and Mineral SciencesHickey Research Group – Polymerization-Induced Nanostructural Transitions
Yurik McCraySarah IvoryEarth and Mineral SciencesPaleoecology Lab
Anna WickenheisserHelen KamensHealth and Human DevelopmentBehavioral Neurogenetics Laboratory
Taran RowlesJason KayeAgricultural SciencesKaye Biogeochemistry Lab – Nutrient cycling and plant-microbe relationships in agroecosystems
Nailah OliverSridhar KomarneniAgricultural SciencesNanotechnology for environment
Anjali SapreJasna KovacAgricultural SciencesUsing genomics to characterize foodborne pathogen virulence and antimicrobial resistance
Timothy UlshPeter LaFeminaEarth and Mineral SciencesPenn State Geodesy and Volcanology Lab
Gina CapeceJoshua LambertAgricultural SciencesThe Lambert Lab – Modulation of obesity, inflammation, and cancer by natural products
Lyndsey CarrJesse LaskyEberly College of ScienceEvolutionary adaptation to changing environments
Jared KinesLi LiEngineeringReactive Transport
Brooke NarteyScherezade MamaHealth and Human DevelopmentHealth Disparities and Physical Activity Research (HDPAR) Lab
Molly EhrigTim MiyashiroEberly College of ScienceExamining microbial diversity within an animal-microbe symbiosis
Katherine FowlerMiguel MostafaEberly College of ScienceExperimental Particle Astrophysics
Isabella RuudAllen PhillipsEberly College of ScienceEnzymology and Regulation of Amino Acid Metabolism
Kady DennisJustin PritchardEngineeringMulti-Scale Analysis of Drug Resistance
Abigail GlynnJoseph ReeseEberly College of ScienceStress responses and gene regulation
Abigail MaugerMelissa RollsEberly College of ScienceSubcellular Compartmentalization of Neurons
Claire ByrnesTim RyanLiberal ArtsFunctional and Evolutionary Morphology Research (FEMR) Lab
Lucia MitnikChaleece SandbergHealth and Human DevelopmentAdult Neuroplasticity Laboratory
McKenna GrahamChaleece SandbergHealth and Human DevelopmentAdult Neuroplasticity Laboratory
Elyse JohnsonKatriona SheaEberly College of ScienceThe Shea Lab – Community ecology of disturbance
Harrison WeidnerMoriah SzparaEberly College of ScienceThe Szpara Lab – Viral comparative genomics
Antoinette CottonClaire ThomasEberly College of ScienceAdventures in Genetics and Development
Luna MoralesElizabeth TrautEngineeringOpen Data for Sustainable Transportation
Britney TingJames WangInformation Sciences and TechnologyMultimedia Information Retrieval
Kemper YoungQing WangEarth and Mineral SciencesElectroactive Polymers for Electrical Energy Storage Applications
Kaitlyn WasselShomir WilsonInformation Sciences and TechnologyHuman Language Technologies Lab
Ella HerrmannBrad WybleLiberal ArtsLaboratory of Visual Attention and Memory
TaiRe DanielXueyi ZhangEngineeringDiffusion and Reaction Engineering with Advanced Materials (DREAM Team)
Kim ZhuSiyang ZhengEngineeringMicro & Nano Integrated Biosystem (MINIBio) Laboratory
Emma PoturalskiAndrew ZydneyEngineeringBioprocessing, Protein Purification, Membrane Systems