Congratulations to Dr. Aura Ontiveros-Valencia and. The paper entitled "Hydrogen-fed biofilm reactors reducing selenate and sulfate: community structure and capture of elemental selenium within the biofilm" has been published" has been accepted in the journal: Biotechnology and Bioengineering.
SUSTAINABILITY, LIFE SCIENCES,
Announcing an Exciting Paid Research Internship Opportunity!
OPPORTUNITY: The Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology solicits applications
to be Swette Undergraduate Sustainability Interns for 2016/2017. Swette Interns perform
research that focuses on using microorganisms to provide sustainability services to society.
Sustainability services include producing renewable energy, improving water quality,
bioremediating contamination, and improving human health. More information on the
Swette Center may be found at http://www.environmentalbiotechnology.org/.
The Center seeks motivated and creative undergraduate researchers to work as research
interns for 15 months in 2016 and 2017. Each Swette Intern will be integrated into an ongoing
research project in the Center and will be compensated at up to $12,000 for the
period 5/9/16-8/11/17. Interns will perform research for 10-15 hours per week during
the academic year and 20 hours per week during the summers. Swette Interns will exhibit
a high level of dedication to the research project during the internship period and must be
able to work in multi-hour increments. They will produce significant results that advance
sustainability research and will present their results in written and oral formats.
This is a tremendous opportunity to work with some of the world’s most distinguished
researchers in environmental biotechnology: Dr. Bruce Rittmann, Dr. Cesar Torres, Dr.
Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, Dr. Hinsby Cadillo-Quiroz, and Dr. Andrew Marcus.
APPLY: The internships are open to undergraduate students who will be juniors or seniors
during the 2016/2017 academic year. An intern must have a background in science or
engineering that addresses sustainability. Applicants should provide a one-page cover
letter of their interests – including a description of why the applicant will be a successful
Swette Intern and confirming their commitment – a resume, and contact information for
three references. Selection criteria emphasize academic qualifications, demonstrated
commitment to sustainability research, time availability, and research promise. Posting
information will be noted at this website on or before 12/14/15:
http://www.environmentalbiotechnology.org/opportunities.html. The posting will close
QUESTIONS: If you have questions about this internship, please contact:
Diane.Hagner@asu.edu / (480)965-5847 or Carole.Flores@asu.edu / (480)727-0395.
Thesan Appalsamy has been corresponding with Dr. Rittmann over the past four years and has recently completed his final year of high school at Greenbury Secondary High School in Phoenix, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He will soon enter university at University of KwaZulu-Natal in Chemical Engineering. Thesan was awarded a scholarship from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, who concern themselves with a wide variety of research and implementation areas including fuel cell technology. He chose Chemical Engineering because it has a large scope which will allow him to experience multiple disciplines while gaining valuable knowledge.
Thesan originally contacted Dr. Rittmann because he needed guidance from a pioneer in the field of environmental biotechnology for research with his science fair project which dealt with converting waste into electricity using a Microbial Fuel Cell. They corresponded regularly and exchanged ideas about bacterial respiration, decomposition of organic waste matter with regards to fuel cell applications, and algae's ability to produce biofuels and act as a carbon dioxide filter as well as transform into electricity during decomposition . They both hope to continue their correspondence and to perhaps meet in person one day!