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Student Success Internship

Welcome to the Student Success Internship (SSI) Virtual Project Showcase

The SSI program, now in its seventh year, provides departments the opportunity to design internship positions for undergraduate students to complete professional projects. The interns are paired with faculty and staff mentors who provide guidance and advice throughout the projects.

All students, faculty, and staff are invited to view posters and students’ presentations and learn about the impact projects SSI interns are leading at UC Merced. Please join us in a celebration of student success and professional development!


Showcase List

Click on a student's name to access their research presentation!

Student Name Internship Title Mentor Name(s)
Victoria Lennon Advancing Antiracism and Inclusion - Faculty Grant Program Fatima Paul and Naoko Kada
Danielle Gaspar Alumni Relations: Philanthropy, Engagement, Partnerships, and Research Jessica "JaeJae" Julian
Jenifer Alvarado Analyzing the Impact of Undergraduate Research Programs Through Data Visualization Valerie Anderson and Jorge Arroyo
Cesy Ixcoy Anti-Melt Enrollment Coach Analyst Lisa Perry
Carlos Lopez-Hernandez Anti-Melt Enrollment Coach Analyst Lisa Perry
Juana Navarro Assessing Educational Inequality in California’s Central Valley and Imperial Valley Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes
Nora Chen Brain Development in Children from Diverse Socioeconomic Backgrounds Elif Isbell
Rewanshi Kumar Brown Youth Academy's Middle School Early Outreach Innovation Project Michael Pierick and Mari Harris
Adam Crawford

Capstone Design Team Optimization Automation

Alejandro Gutierrez and Ashlie Martini
Jacqueline Penate

The Center for Educational Partnerships Communications Project

Bernardo Reyes
Angelo Fatali Content Management and Scaling Stefano Foresti
Cecilia Martinez-Bello

Creative Content-Making on Instagram: Share the Library’s Story

Sara Davidson Squibb
Romeo Marroquin Digital Twin Enabled Fault Diagnosis and Health Monitoring for Process Control Applications Furkan Guc
Ashley Marie Suarez Educational Opportunity Outreach Project Edith Ramirez
Sivagunalan Thamilarasan

Exfoliation and Characterization of MoS2 2D Materials

Parveen Kumar
Jowi Aizpuro Geospatial Data Management Intern for Merced Vernal Pool and Grassland Reserve Joy Baccei and Erin Mutch
Alberto Medel

Greenhouse and Experimental Garden Intern Project

Emily Moran and Jason Sextonr
Laura Cabrera

Human Resources Communications and Marketing

David Ellington, Fabiola Elizalde and Kevin Reyes

Lindsey Sanchez Identifying and Promoting Campus-Led Community Engaged Research Robin DeLugan and Steve Roussos
David Vidauri

Identifying and Promoting Campus-Led Community Engaged Research

Robin DeLugan and Steve Roussos
Phoebe Adamyan

Implementing Python Knowledge to Replication Simulation Written in Matlab

Katrina Hoyer and Jon Anzules
Ashley Alvarez Internal Audit and Data Analytics Project Shelton Autry
Henry Rojas de Leon Isotopic Analysis of Human Diets in the Ancient Andes Beth Scaffidi
Zachary Silva Mapping Utilization at Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve Brandon Stark and Joy Baccei
Ukamaka Ezimora

Materials for Sustainable Plastics and the Environment

Lilian Davila
Michae Difrieri Microwave-based Methane Sensing YangQuan Chen
Liliana Silva-Vazquez Multilingual Writers Research Project Paul Gibbons, Catherine Koehler, and Amy Fenstermaker
Avi Rae Quiogue Research Compliance Process Review Project Leslie Teixeira-Porto, Chou Xiong and Danielle Dai'Re
Nancy Ooi Social Media and Digital Communications

Hrant Hratchian, Mariah Gonsalez, Shahar Sukenik, Tom Martinez and Christine Isborn

Alexander Ochoa Student Scholarship Recipient Database Carla Spain
Jennifer Cruz UC Learning Center David Ellington, Fabiola Elizalde and Kevin Reyes
Adrianna Alpern Valley Fever Data Project David Gravano
Xitlaly Gomez-Vega Yosemite Big Wall Plant Adaptation Project Jason Sexton