Experiential Learning Between Semesters: A Look Back at Summer 2018

By Amanda Hellwig ‘19

Lizzy Roth at Haji Lane, a bustling avenue of shops and restaurants near the largest mosque in Singapore.

Lizzy Roth at Haji Lane, a bustling avenue of shops and restaurants near the largest mosque in Singapore.

Lizzy Roth studied abroad in Singapore this summer through the Asian Business and the Global Economy program run by the School of Management. She studied the Chinese language and Asian business practices, and she was even able to visit some company headquarters and network with professionals working in Singapore and abroad. As for why Lizzy chose to go on this adventure, she said, “I have always been curious what Asia was like and the melting pot that is Singapore intrigued me.” She wants to work internationally in the future and this trip allowed her to make connections that may help her down the road.

Aliaya presenting her research poster at the CSTEP Research Symposium.

Aliaya presenting her research poster at the CSTEP Research Symposium.

Aliaya Williams participated in the CSTEP program this summer, through which she worked in Dr. Jennifer Temple’s Nutrition and Health Research lab. She worked closely with graduate student Amanda Crandall in helping prepare a study on scarcity and was able to help with data entry, data organization, a literature review, and data analyses. As part of the CSTEP program, Aliaya presented at the Undergraduate Research Conference and the CSTEP Research Symposium, and she also went on field trips every weekend to bond with the rest of her cohort. “This summer I got the chance to make 23 new friends, find a lab environment that I love and learn more about what I want to do with my career. The CSTEP Summer Research Program is an amazing program that prepares us for not only research, but our future careers.”

Rachel proudly working in Wegmans’ Old World Cheese department.

Rachel proudly working in Wegmans’ Old World Cheese department.

Rachel Sudyn worked as a Store Operations Intern in the Old World Cheese department at Wegmans as the first part of a 3-summer internship. She learned various aspects of store operations, including scheduling, inventory, and product knowledge, with the last being a large part of the program. She traveled to First Light Creamery and Josef’s Artisan Meats in Canandaigua, NY to learn about the local products that Wegmans carries. Rachel was awed by the families who put so much labor and love into their craft. She also had the opportunity to meet the Wegman family and talk to other members of corporate to share her career goals and summer internship experience. Rachel got a lot out of the experience, saying, “I am very thankful for this experience and for being part of a company that invests in opportunities like these that allow us to continuously learn about and gain a new appreciation for our products.” She’s already looking forward to her next summer with Wegmans and learning even more!

Jingye Tan in his studio with his models and equations for fluid flow analysis.

Jingye Tan in his studio with his models and equations for fluid flow analysis.

Jingye (Kira) Tan, a mechanical engineering and mathematics student, worked independently on research throughout the summer to model and solve the equations that govern microscopic fluid flow using finite element analysis. During the first phase of his research, he successfully derived a set of mathematical and computational formulae to address his research question, and he subsequently made a breakthrough by completing a computer algorithm for the analysis and testing it to fix bugs until it was fully functional and valid. Kira will be working with his advisor Dr. Darrall to move onto the next phase of research, which involves solving fluid mechanics problems. He looks forward to eventually publishing his results and contributing to the important work being done in engineering and science.