Student Summer Plans
Share your summer plans and be inspired by those of your fellow Reedies.
This is a great way for you to make connections with fellow classmates and help us to plan internships and externships that better serve you. You have the option to remain anonymous, to publish your plans to this page, or to simply share them with us via email. Thanks in advance for sharing your summer activity with us.
1. Ahyan Panjwani - Mathematics-Economics
Researching bond markets and mechanisms for a hedge fund in Portland.
2. Anonymous - English
I am working in the library for the first half of summer, and then going home (to Bend) and relaxing.
3. Alyssa Harrison - Biochemistry
I will be working with Rebecca LaLonde on her research of organometallic catalysts. Alongside lots of chemistry, I'm planning to bead and craft like I can't during the school year. I am also training for a backpacking trip on the Oregon Coast at the end of summer.
4. Anastasia Hansen - Music
Working as a counselor at a summer camp for K-9th graders to prevent summer learning loss.
5. Brian Barrett - Math/Computer Science
I will live on campus and work 40 hrs./week at the CUS help desk.
Alternatively, if I get a job I recently applied for, I will return to my hometown of St. Louis and work at a tech incubator that creates backbone technologies for huge, cutting-edge companies like Twitter and Facebook.
6. Colleen Werkheiser - physics
I will be doing a physics REU at the University of Washington. My project focuses on using a table-top x-ray spectroscopy system to test solar-powered batteries and photovoltaics. I will be helping to build these systems and to test batteries using these systems.
7. Elaine Kushkowski - ES-Biology
I am going to be a Unit Leader and Craft House Director at the Girl Scout camp that I have gone to for the past 11 years.
8. Eliot Gardner - Mathematics
I am spending the summer, and perhaps a longer period of time, in residency at Arcosanti field laboratory in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. I'll be working on new construction projects on site, developing skills of practical and artistic design and architecture focused on the concept of "Arcology," architecture + ecology. Essentially, exploring elegant and feasible solutions to urban sprawl (ultimately, a major contributor to the modern "human condition") through experimental, interdisciplinary collaboration, and synthesis and implementation of new and old design concepts and philosophies. Not to mention, a supportive and lively community, and more sunshine, fresh air, and stars in the sky than one could ever wish for!
9. Erin McConnell - BMB
I'll be doing research with Reed graduate Angela Koehler on the Myc oncoprotein developing a small molecule binding assay.
10. Frank Fan - Math-Economics
will be interning at a private equity firm in Beijing
11. Gregory Ledger - Math
Doing Math research with Adam Groce in the Reed Math department. In particular, we are doing cryptography research.
12. Haley Tilt - Classics
Working on my Summer President's Fellowship for four weeks in Rome, then returning to Portland to continue that work. I will also be working for the SDS while I am back in Portland.
13. Hannah Looney - French Literature
I know I'm normally the poster-child of having lazy summers with zero career building, and I hate to betray my adoring fans, but just couldn't resist the opportunity to study abroad in Avignon at the Institut d'Études Françaises d'Avignon. Don't worry; I'll make sure to relax and skip class a few times to drink cidre brut in a bistro. All work and no play make Looney a dull bird.
Once I get back from France I'll play with my cats and work on getting my Missouri accent back again.
14. Anonymous - Physics
I am going to intern at Scripps in San Diego doing engineering in their Ocean Physics Group.
15. Isabella Jorissen - Math-CS
Working at the Software design studio
16. Jolon Timms - Environmental Studies - Chemistry
Will be doing research on glaciers in Juneau, Alaska. http://juneauicefield.com
17. Kevin Wong - Mathematics
I will be going through 20+ hours of domestic violence and abuse training, followed by 1-2 weeks of exhilarating camp!
18. lafcadio flint - psychology
Assisting with research at the UCSF Emotion, Health, and Psychophysiology lab
19. Lauren Vanderhooft - Psychology
After applying once before, I now have the privilege to work at the Oregon National Primate Research Center to study addiction models in non-human primates. Though I have next to zero experience in neuroscience, I have a strong background in general animal care as well as operant animal behavior research.
I am incredibly excited to work closely with a local research program that will allow me to study animals I may never get an opportunity to study again. I am hoping what I learn at ONPRC can be brought back to the Learning & Adaptive Behavior Lab under Tim Hackenberg, in order to continue to study social models in rats and include alcohol as a mediator on behavior in social reinforcement paradigms.
20. Leah Cepko - Biology
I plan to perform a computational biology research project which surveys the rate of genetic mutation in different populations and genotypes of the aquatic crustacean, Daphnia magna.
21. Nathan Martin - English
I'm a Presidential Summer Fellow for 2015, and I'll be pursuing an independent poetry writing project over the summer in Utah and Arizona.
22. Anonymous - Math
To beat alyssa at innovation.
23. Nicole Ezell - Biology
I get the opportunity to intern with White Bird, learning about the daily operations of the nonprofit and about the medical care that they perform. This will have a particular focus on mental health crisis intervention and long-term treatment. I'm super excited!
24. Oleksandr Lushchyk - Chemistry
I have received an SOS grant to go rock hounding throughout Oregon for the month of June. I will bike down to the coast for agates, to a national forest for thundereggs, and to Glass Butte for obsidian. Once I have the raw materials, I will craft them into necklaces and earrings in a workshop in Portland. Then in July, I will fly to the University of Syndney for a semester abroad!
25. Olivia Kilgore - Sociology
I will be working with the non-profit organization Youth Organizations Umbrella in the Chicago area and will spend my summer facilitating leadership workshops to youth.
26. Patricia Katasi - Political Science
The Joffrey Ballet summer intensive, ACLU Racial Justice Program, and writing for the blog "Dynamic Africa".
27. Raphaela Hsu-Flanders - Environmental Studies
I will be spending the summer on campus, pursuing environmental chemistry research with Christopher Walsh. I am going to be validating an atmospheric source region attribution model in order to assess the downstream effects of mercury pollution on a given geographic region. I will be using ArcGIS to generate seasonal maps of atmospheric mercury pollution, tracing the origins and particle pathways of emissions to individual point sources.
28. Anonymous - Sociology
I will be an intern with ICPSR, the social science research institute out of the University of Michigan.
29. Revant Bagaria - Mathematics-Economics
I'm going back home to Kolkata, India. I was fortunate enoguh to find a paid internship in Kolkata, with a Foreign Exchange Consultancy. I will be working with MS-Excel extensively and will do a lot of Economics and Statistics related work.
30. Anonymous - Chemistry
31. Veda Kreth - Psychology
I am working as a T-Watcher for CUS, doing longer projects! I work there during the year but this is a good opportunity to get more experience and learn how to better serve the Reed community during the year.
32. Yuka Esashi - Physics
I will be participating in the UTRIP (University of Tokyo Research Internship Program). I will be working under a U of Tokyo professor who specializes in seismology.
This program is aimed towards students who attend universities outside of Japan, and is conducted in English. The position is unpaid, but I applied to and received an associated scholarship so that my accomodation and flight costs wil be fully covered.