Summer Internship Alumni

The AMI-USC summer internship program is designed for highly motivated high school and undergraduate students who have demonstrated an academic interest in the biomedical sciences.  Selected interns had the opportunity to personalize their own summer projects, while being mentored directly by AMI-USC Staff, based on their own interests and strengths within STEM subject areas.

AMI-USC would also like to acknowledge the contributions of Emily Hahn, Tejal Gala, Tejas Bharath, John Paul Francis and Marisol Castellanos toward the success of this year’s summer internship program.

Upon completion of the AMI-USC summer internship program, interns have:

  1. Learned about the healthcare innovation and investment process
  2. Developed their own critical thinking skills with respect to biomedical innovation and
  3. Expanded their practical skill sets with real project deliverables.

The following students were part of the AMI-USC summer internship program since 2018 and their projects are listed below. Also see the 2020 Summer Internship video here.

2020

LB – Immaculate Heart High School
Namira Bentaya – North High School
They worked on COVID-19 – An Antibody Testing Educational Video.

Mohamed Ganda – Alexander Hamilton Senior High School
Eric Contreras – Cerritos College
They worked on Requirements for a COVID-19 Contact Tracing APP.

Claire Gantan – the University of California, Berkeley – worked on Pill ID APP.

Christopher Guerra – New Designs Charter School – worked on Soft Robot Aiding Apparatus (SRAA).

Chloe Heath – Santa Clara College
Ira Saini – University of Southern California
Hannah Pechet – Hamilton Humanities Magnet High School
They worked on EndoYou APP for Tracking Pain Associated with Endometriosos.

Chloe Heath – Santa Clara College
Hannah Pechet – Hamilton Humanities Magnet High School
They worked on Virtual Study Group APP.

Brandon Imai – Oxford Academy
Brandon Szeto – Oxford Academy
Matthew Young – Oxford Academy
They worked on Neurological Rehabilitation using Virtual Reality.

Jonah Horne – University of Southern California
Derron Lopez – Fullerton Community College
Jessica Mai – South Pasadena High School
They worked on Binaural Beats for Enhancing Student Concentration.

Jalan Jaffe – Oaks Christian High School
Jonas Jawad – Fullerton Community College
Imaani Nadeem – La Habra High School
Tiffany Pugh – Oaks Christian High School
They worked on 2-Gather Volunteering and Charity APP.

Mina Maglaa – Cerritos College – worked on Applying Telemedicine into Dentistry.

Isabella Man – Westridge School – worked on Wound Check APP.

Max Mitterberger – Oaks Christian High School
Lauren Hu – South Pasadena High School
They worked on Optimized Mask Project for People with Asthma.

Salaidh Perez – North High School – worked on “E-ducate” – Spanish Language Web Site with College Prep Resources.

Tara Saxena – Nueva Upper School – worked on Neuro-feedback Wearable APP for Stroke Recovery.

Leila Shiva – Girls Academic Leadership Academy – worked on Home-based Neuro-feedback for ADHD.

Amber Tang – San Marino High School – worked on UV-Based Consumer Sanitizer.

Matthew Wu – Army and Navy School – worked on Photosynthesis and Cardiology.

Gabriel Xanthopoulos – Bishop High School – worked on Portable Coach.

Christine Zhou – Brown University – worked on UtiliTool for Social Distancing.

2019

Mason Comerford – University of Southern California – worked on Monitoring Hand Tremors for Use in Hypoglycemia Detection.
In the Fall of 2020, Mason enrolled at the University of California, San Francisco, in its Masters in Translational Medicine program.

Tejal Gala – the University of California, Berkeley – worked on Pill ID APP.
In the Fall of 2020, Tejal took a gap year to apply to medical school.

Byron Huang – Harvard-Westlake School – worked on Self-stabilizing Spoon for People with Tremors.
In the Fall of 2020, Byron enrolled at Yale University.

Matthew Young – Oxford Academy – worked on Light and Music Therapy for Alzheimer’s Patients.
In the Fall of 2020, Matthew attended Oxford Academy.

2018

Claire Gantan – Cresenta Valley High School – worked on a AMI-USC project under the mentorship of Daniel Holland and the USC Dornsife BUGS, Jr. program on Polarization-sensitive Optical Coherence Tomography.
In the Fall of 2018, Claire enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley.