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2019 Summer Undergraduate Research in Science and Engineering

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The Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based Sciences and Education (CLASSE) funds summer research opportunities in the areas of x-ray and accelerator sciences, materials science and mechanical engineering for pre-selected undergraduate students from primarily undergraduate institutions and minority serving institutions.

The eight-week Summer Undergraduate Research in Science and Engineering (SUnRiSE) program starts Tuesday, May 28, 2019 and end Sunday, July 21, 2019.

Sunrise_Homepage_Photo1.jpg Students work directly on research projects related to x-ray and accelerator technologies, working side-by-side a collaborating faculty from their home institution and a CLASSE scientist or graduate student mentor. Students conduct studies on such topics as photocathode sources, measurement of accelerated electron beams, laser optics for use in the future accelerators, residual stress, fatigue and X-ray diffraction, x-ray optics and x-ray detectors. In addition to conducting research, students developed numerous technical skills, including familiarity with programming languages and techniques.

To be eligible for this program, undergraduate students must be nominated by a CLASSE researcher and collaborating faculty member from their home institution. Under this program, students interested in a career in science, engineering, and technology are invited to participate in cutting-edge research under the advisement of their faculty mentor at (CLASSE).

The program will include formal seminars, formal lectures, tours of research facilities at Cornell, social and recreational events, and a forum at the end of the program where participants present their research results. Local group housing can be provided through Cornell University Campus life, if participants prefer not to commute daily. CornellCampus.jpg

Women, Minorities and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering are strongly encouraged to participate in the SUnRiSe program.

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Student: Cody Cummings
Home Institution: Rochester Institute of Technology
Mentor: Richard Gillilan
X-ray Scattering coupled Chromatography: a New Tool for Studying protein interactions at Deep Ocean Pressures

Student: Marisol Figueroa
Home Institution: Universidad Ana G. Mendez
Mentor: Lymari Fuentes-Claudio
The Use of Biotemplates and Sol-Gel method for the preparation of Titanium Dioxide (TiO2)

Student: Angel Garcia-Colon
Home Institution: Universidad Ana G. Mendez
Mentor: Mitkel Santiago
ORR Activity of Zinc Oxide Doped with Cobalt Ions at Different Loading Concentrations

Student: Kalery La Luz Rivera
Home Institution: Universidad de Puerto Rico
Mentor: Jorge Colon
Morphological studies of zirconium phosphate nanoparticles as support for Co(II) and Ni(II) catalysts for the OER and ORR

Student: Mattias McMullin
Home Institution: Lawrence University
Mentor: Thomas Oseroff
Tuning of Photonic Band Gap Accelerating Structures

Student: Kiel Pink
Home Institution: Fort Lewis College
Mentor: Arthur Woll
Fiducial Marker Apparatus for Precision Placement FMAPP

Student: Harrisetta Sandoval
Home Institution: Fort Lewis College
Mentor: Arthur Woll
Enabling the Direct Computation of Polycrystalline Microstructures Obtained from Near-field High Energy X-ray Diffraction Microscopy (HEDM)

Student: Jessica Shinkle
Home Institution: Fort Lewis College
Mentor: Arthur Woll
The study of granular fluids using X-ray imaging

Student: Pedro Trinidad-Perez
Home Institution: Universidad de Puerto Rico
Mentor: Carlos Cabrera
Catalysis of Oxygen Reduction Reaction with modified PtNi Nanostructures in Alkaline Medium



The SUNRiSE program is closely aligned to the Summer Research for Community College Students (SRCCS) program. Details about the SUNRiSE and SRCCS programs are provided below. View/download:


2018 Students, Mentors and Projects

Rachael Helvoigt, 2017 SUnRiSE participant

2017 Students, Mentors and Projects

2016 Students, Mentors and Projects

2015 Students, Mentors and Projects

For further information, please contact:
General inquiries:
Associate Professor Carl Franck
(607) 255-3562, 255-5215 (ph)

Housing and stipend inquiries:
Ms. Monica Wesley
(607) 255-4952 (ph)