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Each iSTAR site has been developed in conjunction with faculty from across the University. As we continue to collaborate with departments and faculty here at Drexel and abroad, we will add more sites to our growing list of international STAR opportunities.  

Information about sites for iSTAR 2018 is forthcoming.

Baltimore, Maryland

Students had the opportunity to participate in faculty-mentored research at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s Brain Science Institute. Students were given the opportunity to conduct research in neurodegenerative diseases.

Summer 2017

  • Anjali Ganguly, Biological Sciences: “ Astroglia Subset is Lost During ALS Disease Progression
  • Josh Maret, Biological Sciences: “Tau-Mediated Disruption of Neuronal Nucleocytoplasmic Transport in Alzheimer’s Disease” 

Chennai, India

Students from the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, & Health Systems have had the opportunity to participate in faculty-mentored research at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology – Madras, thanks to a collaboration between Biomedical Engineering faculty member Dr. Sriram Balasubramanian with faculty at IIT-Madras.

Summer 2017

  • Arun S. Balaji, Biomedical Engineering: “Analysis of Thermal Profiles of the Dominant Hand Pre- and Post-Fatigue Using Infrared Thermography”
  • Mayank Patel, Biomedical Engineering: “Analysis of Muscle Fatigue Using Surface Electromyography Signals in the Grastrocnemius Muscle During Isometric Plantar Flexion” 

Summer 2016

  • Brandon Gordon, Biomedical Engineering: “Modeling TB-HIV Co-infection”
  • Aakankschit Nandkeolayar, Biomedical Engineering: “Analysis of Eletromyography Signals from Brachioradialis to Estimate Grip Force”  


The University of Oulu has partnered with faculty in the College of Engineering to provide iSTAR opportunities for students in Electrical Engineering and Environmental Science/Engineering.

Summer 2015

  • Hongjie Chen, Electrical Engineering: “Wireless Sensor Network”
    Mihnea Mihail Maris, Electrical Engineering: “Visible Light Communication”

Summer 2014

  • Ashleigh Jugan, Environmental Science: “Bioremediation of Sulfur in Mining Waters: A Review”
  • Burim Derveni, Electrical Engineering: “Characterizing a Visible Light Communication System”
  • Jeffrey Proko, Electrical Engineering: “Exploring Telecommunications through Visible Light”
  • Jonathan Fink, Environmental Science: “Catalytic Oxidation of Volatile Organic Compounds”

Los Angeles, California

Westphal College of Media Arts & Design students have had the opportunity to spend their STAR summer in Los Angeles, California for a cross-cultural experience conducting faculty-mentored research, scholarship, and creative work. Students are paired with faculty mentors on campus, as well as professional mentors in California, for 6-8 weeks of mentored work in California, after which all iSTAR in LA students return to campus to present their work at the STAR Scholars Summer Showcase.

Summer 2015

  • Annell Cordero, Screenwriting & Playwriting: “The View from the Bottom of the Hollywood Food Chain” 
  • Lucy Moroukian, Film & Video: “Critical Decision Making in the Production of Film” 
  • Kevin Quinn, Film & Video: “Grip & Electric: The Skeleton of the Independent Film Crew”
  • Luis Rodriguez, Music Industry: “Production Techniques and Issues of Pop Music” 

Monteverde, Costa Rica


Selected students travel with faculty to Costa Rica and conduct field research under the on-site supervision of a graduate student in the mountainous area near Monteverde. This opportunity is appropriate for students in the College of Arts & Sciences, specifically in Biology and/or BEES departments. For further information, see Dr. Sean O’Donnell’s lab webpage.

Summer 2015

  • Francesca Dogias, Biological Sciences: “Bivouac checking behavior and species abundance in ant-following birds”

  • Savanna Michener, Biomedical Engineering: “Close Encounters of the Bird Kind: Using a Novel Telemetry System to Track Tropical Forest Birds associated with Army Ants”

Summer 2014

  • Alyssa Klein, Custom-Designed Major: “Bird Species Attending Army Ant Raids”

Summer 2013

  • Abigail Mudd, Chemistry: “If You Can’t Stand the Heat…: Comparing Thermotolerances of Two Species of Army Ants”

Saarbrucken, Germany

The Leibniz Institute for New Materials (INM), Saarbrucken, Germany, partnered with the Department of Materials Science & Engineering to provide an iSTAR opportunity for engineering students on topics including energy storage and electrospinning of carbide fibers.

Summer 2014

  • Amanda Bellafatto, Materials Science & Engineering: “A Comparative Study on the Effect of Probe vs. Sample Hardness on Adhesion”
  • Adam Blickley, Materials Science & Engineering: “Carbon Nanotube Synthesis by Pulsed Laser Deposition of Petroleum Coke” 
  • Eric Burgeson, Chemical Engineering: “Characterization of Graphene Grown by Chemical Vapor Deposition”
  • Gabriel Dela Paz, Mechanical Engineering: “Fabrication and Characterization of Thin-Film PDMS Membranes”
  • Andrew Kostrubanic, Mechanical Engineering: “Preparation and characterization of LasSrMnO4 nanowires”
  • Timothy Reppert, Mechanical Engineering: “Optimization of Biocompatible Textiles for Tissue Engineering Applications”
  • Joshua Trusty, Chemical Engineering: “Preparation of SiO2 Particle Arrays for Biological Evaluation” 

Summer 2013

  • Aquil Jones, Mathematics: “Characterization of Electrospun Carbon Fibers from Polyacrylonitrile”
  • Matthew Langenstein, Materials Science & Engineering: “Core-Shell Composite Ultra-Fine Fiber Materials for Supercapacitor Electrode Applications”
  • Alexander McBride, Materials Science & Engineering: “Investigating Charge Induced Expansion of Porous Carbon Electrodes in Ionic Liquids”
  • Victoria Sadowski, Biomedical Engineering: “Electrospun Separators for Application in Supercapacitors” 

Sussex, United Kingdom

The University of Sussex began accepting iSTAR Scholars in Summer 2017 in their School of Life Sciences. Students accepted to work at University of Sussex have the opportunity to spend 8-10 weeks conducting research in life sciences (chemistry, biology, etc.) while experiencing a broad array of cultural activities specific to the United Kingdom. Upon completion of their research at the University of Sussex, iSTAR Sussex students return to campus to present their work at the STAR Scholars Summer Showcase. 

Summer 2017

  • Celso Jose Delatorre Neto, Chemistry: “Optimising the Photo-Epoxidation of Styrene in Liquid Phase”
  • Raman Y. Mathur, Mechanical Engineering: “Using Graphene-Oxide and Graphene Composites as a Back Electrode in Perovskite Solar Cells to Improve Photoconversion Efficiency” 
  • Joshua P. McGuckin, Biomedical Engineering: “Crosslink Nanorods for Enhanced Water Splitting Efficiencies”