Local students intern at UML over summer

09/10/2006
By From the Lowell Sun

LOWELL -- Several local students participated in a summer internship program through UMass Lowell.

Participants included Westford residents Jeremy Badessa and Thomas Haynes, Windham, N.H., resident Loran Carley, Tyngsboro's Amanda Courtemanche, Lowell resident Sevang Doung, and Billerica's Melissa Levicki.

The Summer Opportunities in Science is offered to incoming freshmen who are going to major in Math and Science. The eight-week internship allows students to work directly with UMass faculty and graduate students, giving the incoming freshmen a head start on skills and knowledge they will gain throughout their college career.

Participants can intern in research positions, working with faculty members in ongoing research initiatives, or the students can work on specific projects that will help them prepare for the difficult course work they will experience as math and science majors.

Badessa will be entering the Department of Computer Science in the UMass College of Arts and Sciences this fall. For the Summer Opportunities in Science program, he is working with Dr. Holly Yanco.

Haynes will enter the Department of Electrical Engineering in the UMass College of Engineering. He is also working with Dr. Yanco.

Carley will be entering the Department of Mathematical Sciences in the UMass College of Arts and Sciences this fall. He is working with Dr. Jayant Kumar in the Center for Advanced Materials.

Courtemanche will be entering into the Department of Computer Science in the UMass College of Arts and Sciences this fall. She is with this summer with Dr. Yanco.

Doung will enter the Department of Chemistry in the UMass College of Engineering this fall. He is working this summer with Dr. James Whitten.

Levicki will be entering the Department of Chemistry in the UMass College of Arts and Sciences this fall. For the Summer Opportunities in Science program, she is working with Dr. David Ryan.