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Meet Our Summer 2018 Undergraduate Research Fellows

Summer 2018 Undergraduate Research Fellows

From left: Adam Elliott, Samuel Kwong, Lilla Petruska, Benek Robertson, Winton Yee; Not Pictured: Cade Cannedy;
 

This summer, we are pleased to welcome a cohort of Undergraduate Research Fellows to the Bill Lane Center for the American West.

Under the direction of Professor Bruce Cain and Senior Researcher Iris Hui, the students will spend ten weeks exploring such topics as air pollution and health in the rural West, water management and permitting in California, and the future of renewable energy policy. Their areas of study range from Political Science and Philosophy to Computer Science and Bioengineering. Please join us in welcoming our young researchers.

Summer 2018 Undergraduate Research Fellows

Research Fellow Topic
Cade Cannedy Air Pollution and Health in the Rural West Working with the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research to examine the impact of air pollution on health in the Central Valley.
Adam Elliott Air Pollution and Health in the Rural West Working with the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research to examine the impact of air pollution on health in the Central Valley.
Samuel Kwong Water Managment and Permitting Process in California Web-scraping, Natural Language Processing and other textual analytic tools to examine the water management and permitting process in California.
Lilla Petruska Renewable Energy and Environmental Permitting Work examining the prevalence of renewable energy in the West and investigating how variations in regulations and state policies affect the adoption of renewable energy.
Benek Robertson Public Opinion on Infrastructure Investment Work designing two public opinion polls on willingness to pay for various water and transportation infrastructure projects.
Winton Yee Water Managment and Permitting Process in California Web-scraping, Natural Language Processing and other textual analytic tools to examine the water management and permitting process in California.

 

This summer, follow our students’ activities on the Out West student blog. During the summer quarter, the Center's interns will be sending in virtual postcards, snapshots and reports on their work at organizations throughout the West. Sign up to get our biweekly summer newsletter by email.

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Recent Center News

Sep 14 2018 | Out West student blog
“With the general election approaching,” writes the Center’s summer research fellow Benek Robertson, “I hoped to highlight specific policy areas that could influence the general election and California politics for years to come.”
Sep 13 2018 | Center News
Beyond her accomplishments at Water in the West and Stanford, Newsha Ajami has also shown an intense dedication to developing and mentoring the generation of scientists, engineers, and policymakers following in her footsteps.
Sep 12 2018 | Out West student blog
“I’ve come to recognize the value of rephotography as tool to analyze environmental change through time,” writes San Francisco Esturary Institute intern Nick Mascarello.