Students Selected for Prestigious Wright Scholar Program

Five students will spend their summer working directly with professionals in the Air Force Research Laboratory as part of the Wright Scholar Research Assistant program. The select program is a paid internship that gives students the opportunity to work at the AFRL and participate in workshops, lectures and tours of STEM related jobs.

Phillip Hawthorn '17, Jasmine Hughes '18, Katie Kohnen '18, and Stephen Leik '17 are participating in the program for the first time. Austin Fuchs '17 is returning for a second year.

"I will be working in the GRILL (Gaming Research Integration for Learning Laboratory,)" Hawthorn said. "I am looking forward to learning about the project that my group will be working on throughout the summer."

Leik will also be in the GRILL.

"The section I will be in relates to what I will be studying in college," Leik noted. "This is because it has to do with engineering; I want to major in mechanical engineering which needs some knowledge in all parts of engineering."

"I am going to work in the Human Performance Wing," Kohnen shared. "I'll be working with a biochemist who has done work with drug interactions, effects on medicine at high altitudes, and genetics."

Hughes said, "I will be working in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate section this summer."

Fuchs will be returning to the Aerospace Engineering section for a second year.

"I felt I learned a lot last year and decided I wanted to learn more," Fuchs said.

CJ has been well represented in the Wright Scholar Research Assistant program in the past with eight students being selected in 2016 and seven in 2015.

"I am most looking forward to gaining experience and becoming more comfortable with the technology used in genetic research," Kohnen reflected. "Having a formal internship will allow me to see inside the careers within the Human Performance Wing."

Hughes added, "I am looking forward to applying what I have learned in my chemistry and Project Lead the Way engineering classes to the research I will be doing this summer."

"I am looking most forward to learning more about engineering through the Wright Scholar Research Assistant program this summer," Leik shared. "I am glad to have the opportunity to be in this program."

You can learn more about the Wright Scholar Research Assistant program here.

Posted May 10, 2017

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