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 is from Immaculate Heart High School.
Namira Bentaya is from North High School.
They were working on COVID-19 – An Antibody Testing Educational Video.

Mohamed Ganda is from Alexander Hamilton Senior High School.
Eric Contreras is from Cerritos College.
They were working on Requirements for a COVID-19 Contact Tracing APP.

Claire Gantan is from the University of California, Berkeley and was working on Pill ID APP.

Christopher Guerra is from New Designs Charter School and was working on Soft Robot Aiding Apparatus (SRAA).

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

Chloe Heath is from Santa Clara College.
Hannah Pechet is from Hamilton Humanities Magnet High School.
They were working on Virtual Study Group APP.

Brandon Imai is from Oxford Academy.
Brandon Szeto is from Oxford Academy.
Matthew Young is from Oxford Academy.
They were working on Neurological Rehabilitation using Virtual Reality.

Jonah Horne is from the University of Southern California.
Derron Lopez is from Fullerton Community College.
Jessica Mai is from South Pasadena High School.
They were working on Binaural Beats for Enhancing Student Concentration.

Jalan Jaffe is from Oaks Christian High School.
Jonas Jawad is from Fullerton Community College.
IN is from La Habra High School.
Tiffany Pugh is from Oaks Christian High School.
They were working on 2-Gather Volunteering and Charity APP.

Mina Maglaa is from Cerritos College and was working on Applying Telemedicine into Dentistry.

Isabella Man is from Westridge School and was working on Wound Check APP.

Max Mitterberger is from Oaks Christian High School.
Lauren Hu is from South Pasadena High School.
They were working on Optimized Mask Project for People with Asthma.

Salaidh Perez is from North High School and was working on “E-ducate” – Spanish Language Web Site with College Prep Resources.

Tara Saxena is from the Nueva School and was working on Neuro-feedback Wearable APP for Stroke Recovery.

Leila Shiva is from the Girls Academic Leadership Academy and was working on Home-based Neuro-feedback for ADHD.

Amber Tang is from San Marino High School and was working on UV-Based Consumer Sanitizer.

Matthew Wu is from the Army and Navy School and was working on Photosynthesis and Cardiology.

Gabriel Xanthopoulos is from Bishop High School and was working on Portable Coach.

Christine Zhou is from Brown University and was working on UtiliTool for Social Distancing.

2019

Mason Comerford was from the University of Southern California and was working on Monitoring Hand Tremors for Use in Hypoglycemia Detection.
This Fall 2020, Mason is enrolled at the University of California, San Francisco in its Masters in Translational Medicine program.

Tejal Gala was from the University of California, Berekely and was working on Pill ID APP.
This Fall 2020, Tejal is taking a gap year to apply to medical school.

Byron Huang was from Harvard-Westlake School and was working on Self-stabilizing Spoon for People with Tremors.
This Fall 2020, Byron is attending Yale University.

Matthew Young was from Oxford Academy and was working on Light and Music Therapy for Alzheimer’s Patients.
This fall 2020, Matthew is attending Oxford Academy.

2018

Claire Gantan was from Cresenta Valley High School and 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 Fall of 2018, Claire enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley.