SUNFEST at Penn
2016 Program Dates: May 31 to August 6, 2016
SUNFEST, or the Summer Undergraduate Fellowship in Sensor Technologies, is a unique program that provides talented undergraduate students with hands-on research during the summer in the area of sensor technologies.
This program provides:
- Summer research experience with a stipend of $4,850
- On-campus housing is provided at no or minimal cost
- Partial travel support for non-Penn students
- Opportunity to work on an interesting interdisciplinary topic
- Work under the mentorship of a faculty member and a graduate student
- Participate in workshops on how to give effective presentations, how to write technical reports, how to apply for graduate school
- Learn about ethics in engineering and science
Each year an average of 10 students, ending their freshman, sophomore or junior year of college, are selected from various universities nationwide based on their academic record and attitude towards research. The program is open to students in engineering and the physical sciences.
The purpose of this program is to expose the students to real, in-depth research in the area of sensor technology and to motivate them to go on to graduate school. This program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation as a REU Site (Research Experience for Undergraduates) and the Center for Sensor Technologies at the University of Pennsylvania.
2016 Symposium Winners
Winner: DaVonne Henry,"“Comparing Apples and Oranges: Hyperspectral Imaging Techniques for Fruit Detection and Determination of Plant Health" (Adviser: CJ Taylor)
Honorable Mention: Andrew Yoon, “Functional MRI-Compatible Orthosis for Hand Grasp Assistance During Robot-Assisted Therapy for Stroke Survivors” (Adviser: Michelle Johnson)
Honorable Mention: Alejandra Garcia, “Different Parameters Affect the Properties of Polyvinylidene Nanofibers” (Adviser Jorge Santiago-Aviles)
Honorable Mention: Theresa Rizk, “Mental State Transitions and the Role of Polysynaptic Pathways” (Adviser: Dani Bassett)