Joule Fellowship

This Fellowship gives K-14 teachers from across Connecticut access to an intensive six-week summer engineering research program, and continued engagement throughout the school year including a generous stipend! Participants receive a $5,000 stipend, $1,500 in classroom materials, and up to $300 reimbursement for travel expenses.

UConn’s program focuses on performing research in engineering laboratories and participate in seminars and professional development activities, including networking with engineers from industry and academia. Teachers work closely with doctoral students and other teachers in a collaborative environment under the supervision of our excellent engineering faculty.

The Fellowship activities will allow the teachers to present the full range of engineering careers, disciplines, and core concepts to your students to improve their ability to make informed career choices. We will also help you integrate these projects into your curriculum in a practical manner.

The next upcoming Joule Fellows Program will kick off on July 5, 2017. During the second week of the program Joule fellows will participate in The daVinci Project (July 10- 14). The daVinci Project brings basic engineering activities into STEM classrooms. Please make sure to apply for daVinci Project  as well.

To find more resources regarding this fellowship, visit the official website:


More information: https://joulefellows.engr.uconn.edu/

Young Scholars Senior Summit Program
The Young Scholars Senior Summit (YSSS) program is a three-week residential, inquiry-based enrichment experience housed at the University of Connecticut. Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Young Scholars will participate in challenging creative projects and research investigations under the supervision of university mentors. This year the program will run from July 7 to July 28, 2019.

Accomplished university professors and/or advanced graduate students will host Young Scholars in their labs and studios as well as work with them on projects in shared areas of interest. Students and mentors will become a community of scholars working together on important issues on the cutting edge of various fields of study. Your three-week stay on campus will give you a preview of the college experience.

The YSSS program has four main goals:
To support scholars to become contributors to their fields of interest by working directly with faculty members and advanced graduate students in apprentice-based research initiatives.
To prepare scholars to deftly navigate the college admissions process.
To connect scholars together as a strong, intellectually stimulating peer community and build meaningful relationships with college professors and advanced graduate students.
To increase Students awareness about their college and career opportunities

More Information: https://ysss.uconn.edu/students/ysss-experience/

UCONN mentor connection program:

UCONN mentor connection program

Formation of Nanoparticles – Controlling Size & Shape

Mentors: Dr. Mu-Ping Nieh, Associate Professor, Institute of Materials Science/Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering; and Yan Xia & Ying Liu, Graduate Research Assistants

“Nanoparticles” are applicable in medical, sensing and optical researches due to their small sizes—in the range of nanometers (1 nanometer = a billionth of a meter). We have developed many lipid-based nanoparticles that have a variety of shapes (spheres, disks, long-ribbons, sheet-like) through self-assembly (that means the nanoparticles spontaneously forming by themselves). Our research group have established methods to control the size and shape of the nanoparticles. If you choose this site, you will have an opportunity to assist the scientists to obtain the knowledge of how molecular interactions and molecular architectures can be applied to control the shape and size of the nanoparticles, further advancing the nanobiotechnology.




Making “Nano-pockets” for Nanoparticles

Mentors: Dr. Mu-Ping Nieh, Associate Professor, Institute of Materials Science/Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering; and Armin Tahmasbi Rad, Graduate Research Assistants

Nanometer (1 nanometer = a billionth of a meter) sized particles have many potential applications in biomedicines and biotechnologies. Because the small size of the particles greatly enhance the internalization of cancer cells (i.e., cancer cells love to “eat” them). Based on our well-established strategy to make self-assembled (i.e., spontaneously forming) lipid-based nanoparticles, we can wrap other nanoparticles (nano gold clusters, quantum dots and etc.) inside the lipid nanoparticles, which become nano-pockets. Then, the loaded nanopockets will have the potential to serve as biodiagnostic particles to detect cancer cells with a high sensitivity. If you choose this site, you will help the scientists in the research group to design such nano-pockets and understand how the loading nanoparticles affect the final shape and size of the nanopockets.UCONN mentor connection program.



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Our YSSS Alumni:

Name Year Grad student Program State Email Address
Oscar Barbour 2012 Yan YSSS CT
Sahil Desai 2012 Yan YSSS CT
Parth Shah 2012 Yan YSSS CT
Bryan Weiner 2012 Yan YSSS CT
Suzzane Hyman 2013 Yan YSSS CT
Song Hyeon 2015 Armin YSSS South Korea
Zachary Steinberg 2015 Armin YSSS New York note4zach@gmail.com
Niyaza Mammootty 2015 Armin YSSS California
Asma Mammootty 2015 Armin YSSS California asma.mammootty@gmail.com
Hunter Udelhoven 2018 Farnoosh YSSS Colorado hunter.udelhoven@yahoo.com
Razvan Matei 2019 Farnoosh YSSS North Carolina razimatei22@gmail.com
Kadin Kristjansson 2019 Farnoosh YSSS Missouri kadin.kristjansson@gmail.com
Joanne Lee 2019 Sanyukta YSSS New Jersy 55joyjoy55@gmail.com

Our Joule Fellow alumni:

Name Year Grad student Program State Email Address High School Name
Philip Smith 2015 Armin Joule Middletown, CT  06457 philip.smith@cthss.org Vinal Technical High School
Donna Hertel 2016 Armin Joule Kalamazoo, MI donna.hertel@gmail.com Portage Northern Science
Sean Clayton 2016 Armin Joule New Haven, CT seanpclayton@gmail.com James Hillhouse High School
Austin Lin 2019 Chung-Hao/Don Joule New Haven, CT austin.lin@uconn.edu Metropolitan Business Academy
Karina Woltke 2019 Chung-Hao/Don Joule New Haven, CT kwoltke04@gmail.com John C. Daniels Interdistrict Magnet School of International Communication