Summer 2019 Available Opportunities

Supervised Student Research: Independent Project

Students are invited to design a research project of their own and seek out a willing summer faculty advisor. In doing so, students are required to secure an advisor's approval of the project and agreement on total number of weeks of full-time work (8 or 10 weeks between May 28 and August 2), as well as the work expectations and outcomes (e.g. lab reports blog posts, research paper/poster), before submitting the application.

Supervised Student Research with Prof. Aaron Leconte (Chemistry)

Project Title: Protein engineering: making brighter luciferases

Project Description: Luciferase is a protein that generates light through a chemical reaction. In addition to giving fireflies their famous glow, luciferase is also a valuable tool in medical imaging used to understand cancer, the immune system, and more. Our group has been working to make genetic changes to luciferase to expand these imaging applications. We have recently published our work describing luciferases with altered colors and altered substrate recognition. Students would join a team of researchers working to make our luciferases brighter using evolution-inspired design.

Interested students should contact Prof Leconte, ALeconte@kecksci.claremont.edu. Advisor must approve of the application, including total number of weeks of full-time work (8 or 10 weeks between May 28 and August 2), as well as the work expectations and outcomes (e.g. lab reports blog posts, research paper/poster), before submission.

Supervised Student Research with Prof. Lenny Fukshansky (Mathematics)

Interested students should contact Prof. Fukshansky for details, lenny@cmc.edu. Advisor must approve of the application, including total number of weeks of full-time work (8 or 10 weeks between May 28 and August 2), as well as the work expectations and outcomes (e.g. lab reports blog posts, research paper/poster), before submission.

Supervised Student Research with Prof. William Lincoln (Robert Day School)

Interested students should contact Prof. Lincoln for details, wlincoln@cmc.edu. Advisor must approve of the application, including total number of weeks of full-time work (8 or 10 weeks between May 28 and August 2), as well as the work expectations and outcomes (e.g. lab reports blog posts, research paper/poster), before submission.

Supervised Student Research with Prof. Pavel Naumov (Mathematics)

Project Description: Pavel Naumov is looking for summer research students interested in logical foundations of multiagent systems. This is theoretical research at the intersection of artificial intelligence, logic, game theory, and epistemology.

Prerequisites: Mathematical maturity and interest in logical puzzles and abstract thinking, no computer programming is involved. The list of previous publications in journals and peer-reviewed conference proceedings co-authored with undergraduate students and full texts of papers are available online.

Interested students should contact Prof. Naumov, pnaumov@cmc.edu. Advisor must approve of the application, including total number of weeks of full-time work (8 or 10 weeks between May 28 and August 2), as well as the work expectations and outcomes (e.g. lab reports blog posts, research paper/poster), before submission.

Supervised Student Research with Prof. MarkHuber (Mathematics)

Project Title: Robust estimation of the mean of a random variable

Project Description: Monte Carlo methods estimate the value of high-dimensional integrals by constructing a random variable whose expected value equals the integral that we are trying to find. Then we can simulate an independent, identically distributed stream from this distributed, and use these random draws to approximate the mean. For instance, the sample average is the simplest way to estimate the mean.

In this project, we will work on robust methods for approximating the mean. These involve adaptation to our random variable or changing the number of random variables drawn based on the output of the first few samples. The result is a guarantee on the quality of the result. In this project the quality of the random variable will be studied both theoretically and experimentally.

Qualifications: Students need to have completed a calculus based probability courses such as Math 151 (or equivalent). Having a second course in probability or statistics (such as Math 152, Math 156, or Math 160) will be useful.

If interested, contact Prof. Mark Huber, mark.huber@claremontmckenna.edu. Advisor must approve of the application, including total number of weeks of full-time work (8 or 10 weeks between May 28 and August 2), as well as the work expectations and outcomes (e.g. lab reports blog posts, research paper/poster), before submission.

Supervised Student Research with Prof. Ellen Rentz (Literature)

Project Title: Organizing, Archiving, and Curating

Project Description: Are you interested in old stuff? Spend your summer in the archives, organizing a collection for CCEPS, the Claremont Center for Engagement with Primary Sources. Working in conjunction with Professor Rentz and one or more curators at Honnold Library’s Special Collections, you will design a summer-long archiving project in an area of your choosing (in consultation with CCEPS and subject to availability). In addition to arranging and describing a collection of materials that haven’t been archived yet, you will conduct research on the topic, write a series of blog posts for the CCEPS website, and curate an exhibit (either in the library or online) and/or implement a scholarly digital project. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in the history of the book, the history of collecting, library science, interdisciplinary humanities. For more information about recent CCEPS projects, visit the Honnold Library website

If interested, contact Prof. Ellen Rentz, Ellen.Rentz@claremontmckenna.edu. Advisor must approve of the application, including total number of weeks of full-time work (8 or 10 weeks between May 28 and August 2), as well as the work expectations and outcomes (e.g. lab reports blog posts, research paper/poster), before submission.

Supervised Student Research in the Kravis Leadership Institute

Research opportunities to study leadership are available through supervised research projects with Faculty/Staff in the Kravis Leadership Institute. This summer leadership research opportunity is full-time work for 400 hours over 10 weeks (May 28 - August 2) either on a current leadership research project with the Leadership Research Unit or an independently designed research project focused on leadership. Leadership research projects through the Leadership Research Unit work with Professor David Day, Professor Ron Riggio, and/or Dr. Sherylle Tan.

The Leadership Research Unit conducts research on leadership topics such as:

  • Corporate and Executive Leadership
  • Cross-Cultural Leadership
  • Early Career Success
  • Women and Leadership
  • Youth Leadership Development

If interested, contact Dr. Sherylle Tan (stan@cmc.edu). Advisor must approve of the application, including total number of weeks of full-time work (8 or 10 weeks between May 28 and August 2), as well as the work expectations and outcomes (e.g. lab reports blog posts, research paper/poster), before submission.

Supervised Student Research with Prof. Babak Sanii (Chemistry)

Project Title: Biomolecular printing

Project Description: We have recently developed a method to produce stacks of lipid bilayers in prescribed geometries using rapid-prototyping techniques (3D printing and laser-cutting). This project will apply this method to producing manufacturable devices that can self-sort molecules, and evaluate their effectiveness with fluorescence microscopy. The project requires safe lab habits, literature searching, a collaborative nature, and willingness to learn/apply/share.

If interested, contact Prof Babak Sanii, BSanii@kecksci.claremontmckenna.edu. Advisor must approve of the application, including total number of weeks of full-time work (8 or 10 weeks between May 28 and August 2), as well as the work expectations and outcomes (e.g. lab reports blog posts, research paper/poster), before submission.

Supervised Student Research with Prof. Babak Sanii (Chemistry)

Project Title: Silicone fibre-optics

Project Description: We have recently developed the first method to produce long filaments of silicone. Somewhat surprisingly, preliminary tests indicate that these filaments can function as fibre optics for lasers. This is promising these would be much more flexible, bio-compatible and gas-permeable than existing glass fibres. This project will optimize the silicone filament method for light-transmission, and dope the silicone with sensitizer molecules as a proof-of-concept for a sensor device. The project requires safe lab habits, literature searching, a collaborative nature, and willingness to learn/apply/share.

If interested, contact Prof Babak Sanii, BSanii@kecksci.claremontmckenna.edu. Advisor must approve of the application, including total number of weeks of full-time work (8 or 10 weeks between May 28 and August 2), as well as the work expectations and outcomes (e.g. lab reports blog posts, research paper/poster), before submission.