N3 2021 Summer Intern Showcase
On September 10, 2021, NASA's Neurodiversity Network (N3) sponsored a presentation showcase featuring the work done by the sixteen high school and beginning college summer interns (and 13 NASA Subject Matter Expert mentors) selected for our pilot program. Each mentor introduced their intern(s), and each intern did a 10-minute oral presentation with slides via Zoom. Of the 16 projects, 8 involved Astronomical observations (including the use of SSU's GORT robotic telescope), 3 were Space Technology, 2 were Earth Science, 2 were Heliophysics, and 1 was a new numerical method for data analysis that cuts across all disciplines. Videos of 13 of the project presentations are now viewable on the N3 website: http://n3.sonoma.edu/internships. At least half of the interns are continuing to work with their mentors during the academic year, and we expect several to lead to scientific publications with interns as co-authors.
"The quality of these high school internship projects was absolutely fantastic - the complexity of most of the projects rivaled those of my graduating college seniors." - Lynn Cominsky, N3 PI.