What REACH Interns Did on Their Summer Vacation

Keller Center’s REACH (International Research Exchange Program) students made their final presentations this past week.  The 2018 summer cohort of nine researchers from Germany and Hong Kong gave Keller staff, faculty hosts, and lab partners briefings on their summer projects while lunching on a typical American meal of macaroni and cheese and fried chicken.  

Although they spent their summer tucked away in labs in EE, MAE, CS, CBE, and PRISM you may recognize some of the projects as typical summer pursuits.  Enrique Jing was working on findings bugs, in smart systems. Nadine Zieger spent most of the summer swimming, in e-coli. Esther Cremer went star gazing, for polymers. It was a summer around the camp fire or Cabra burner for Ricky Chen, while staying chill, in cryogenic temperatures was a priority for Henning Sturmeit.

All kidding aside, this year’s REACH program was a great forum for international collaboration and gave the researchers a tangible understanding of what life is like in a Princeton University research lab.  Many commented on the contrasts with their home University’s academic culture and how their time here will enhance their research work back home. 

Another frequent comment was the friendliness on campus and the willingness of faculty hosts and grad students to advise researchers on both work in the lab and personal mentorship.  Thanks to Prof. Craig Arnold, Asst. Prof. Sujit Datta, Prof. Nick Feamster, Prof. Claire Gmachl, Prof. Margaret Martonosi, Assoc. Prof. Michael Mueller, Prof. Thanos Panagiotoulos, and Prof. Nan Yao for opening their labs and creating a welcoming environment for the participants.

While their projects took priority over the last eight weeks, the cohort did get some downtime to explore the surrounding area and beyond. Esther Cremer met up with staff member Beth Jarvie while both were visiting Boston.  Other students spent weekends in Seattle, DC, New York City, Philadelphia, and California. 

Eight weeks has flown by, but we hope that our program has fostered some lasting friendships and impactful collaborations.  As our researchers head off to explore other parts of the United States before heading home, we hope they keep in touch and wish them safe travels.