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Congratulations to Drexel's 2015 DAAD Rise Recipients

March 25, 2015

Two Drexel students will spend their summers conducting research in Germany through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Research Internships for Science & Engineering (RISE) Program. Good luck in Germany!

Michael Marino is an electrical engineering student in the BS/MS program with a focus in signal processing and bioinformatics. His primary interests involve applications in biology, agriculture and medicine. He has previously worked in Germany at the University of Applied Science in Osnabrück doing research with sensor systems for applications in agricultural phenotyping. As a reseacher under the DAAD RISE program, Michael will be working at the Biophysics lab in the Universität Osnabrück studying the regulative role of endocytosis on the signalling of the type II Interleukin-4 receptor using three-dimensional SMLM.

Sergey Smolin is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department. He acquired his BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia and started at Drexel in 2012. Working closely with his advisor, Professor Jason Baxter, Sergey studies Perovskite Oxide thin films for their solar energy related potential by utilizing ultrafast spectroscopy.  The materials are grown by Prof. Steven May in the Materials Science Department.  Sergey hopes that his research will help unlock the potential of perovskite oxides for alternative energy applications.

In line with this goal, Sergey applied for and was accepted into the DAAD RISE Pro internship where he will work with Prof. Marcus Baer in studying interfacial properties in Perovskite Oxide thin films with x-ray techniques including synchrotron-based techniques. The research will explore the effect of interfacial properties on photovoltaic performance. Sergey is very excited to begin the research in Germany and would like to thank his advisor, Prof. Jason Baxter, for his guidance and support. 

The DAAD RISE program offers 2-3 month research internships in science and engineering at German universities and research institutions. U.S. undergrads are paired with German PhD students to help them with their dissertation research. The working language is English.

The DAAD RISE Pro program allows graduate students to conduct 2-6 month research internships in science and engineering at companies in Germany.

For more information visit the program websites (DAAD RISE and DAAD RISE Pro) or email fellowships@drexel.edu!