The selected intern(s) will work in the Polymer Laboratory in the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering (CBEE) at OSU. The intern(s) will potentially work on several different projects related to polymers, biomaterials and sustainable engineering. Our lab has expertise with hydrogels for biomedical applications. Examples include: hydrogel composites for the replacement of ruptured spinal discs; development of a hydrogel bandage for the treatment of burn patients; hydrogel beads for drug delivery or the remediation of heavy metals in drinking water. We are also looking at bovine tail discs as a model for human spinal discs, and the effect of hyaluronic acid (HA) on knee joint lubrication. There are also several sustainability projects related to plastics recycling for building insulation in third world countries (Haiti project), plastic wood using palm fronds as the filler instead of wood (Hawaii project) and recycling of plastics for 3-D printer filament. New projects pop up all the time, but the theme is that we usually deal with polymers (plastics).
Each project has a focused team with interns working closely with graduate and undergraduate students, as well as daily contact with the faculty mentor. The selected intern(s) will also be involved with summer engineering outreach programs and will serve as a mentor for a one-week summer science and engineering camp for high school students (SESEY, http://cbee.oregonstate.edu/sesey). Please note, the intern(s) will partake in a safety training at the beginning of the internship. Females, minorities, students from low-income households and first-generation college-bound students are strongly encouraged to apply.