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Congratulations to Drexel's 2018 DAAD RISE and RISE Pro Honorees!

March 5, 2018

Six Drexel students will conduct research in Germany through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Research Internships for Science & Engineering (RISE) Program and one has been selected as an alternate. Congratulations to all of Drexel's DAAD honorees!

Yigit photoYigit Alparslan
BS/MS Electrical Engineering '21, Honors
Program: DAAD RISE (declined)
Drexel Faculty Mentor:
Emin Caglan Kumbur
Yigit is interested in sustainability and alternative energy storage technologies and will be studying fuel strategies for a carbon-lean transport sector at the Nuclear Research Centre in Jülich, Germany.

Tarita Roy Choudhury
BA/MS Environmental Studies & Sustainability/Urban Strategy '19, Honors
Program: DAAD RISE
Tarita will be studying climate change adaptation and environmental impact assessments for urban areas at the DHafenCity Universität in Hamburg, Germany.

Marina D'SouzaMarina D'souza
BS Environmental Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering '20, Honors
DAAD RISE Alternate


Leah Friedman
BS Custom-Designed Major - Cognitive Neuroscience '19, Honors
Program: DAAD RISE
Leah will be researching the neural correlates of healthy and pathological decision making in the Cognitive Neuroscience Research Group at the Otto von Guericke University in Magdeburg, Germany.

Annette Kang
BS Biological Sciences '19
Program: DAAD RISE
Drexel Faculty Mentors:
Sean O'Donnell, Susan Gurney, Meghan Barrett
Annette will be studying diet preferences in ant-parasite communities at the Technische Universität Darmstadt in Darmstadt, Germany.

Yawei Li photoYawei Li
PhD student Chemical Engineering
Program: DAAD RISE Pro
Drexel Faculty Mentor:
Joshua Snyder
Yawei will be studying spectroscopic analysis of the kinetics of multi-step electrochemical reactions.

Adrian Mendonsa
BS Chemical Engineering '20
Program: DAAD RISE
Drexel Faculty Mentor:
Jason Baxter
Adrian will be studying green micro-process engineering at the Technische Universität Darmstadt in Darmstadt, Germany.


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 research for up to 3 months in science and engineering at companies in Germany.

Learn more about DAAD Scholarships and how to apply at Drexel.