The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) conducted the Summer Experience in the Earth and Mineral Sciences (SEEMS) program from June 15-21. This summer marked the 12th year that EMS has collaborated with the Penn State Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) Summer Academy to provide opportunities for UBMS scholars to work with EMS faculty, graduate students and undergraduates on conducting hands-on research projects. Research projects included: "Petroleum Geology," "Shape Metal Alloys," "Gasification Kinetics of Coal and Biomass Blends," and "Rock Mechanics."
SEEMS is coordinated by the Office of the Associate Dean for Educational Equity, and faculty members who led SEEMS teams to include: Zuleima Karpyn of the Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, Elizabeth Kupp-Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sarma Pisupati-Department of Energy Engineering and Jamal Rostami-Department of Mining Engineering. In addition to EMS, the Eberly College of Science also hosted UBMS scholars in Summer Experience in the College of Science (SEECoS) program.
The culminating activity of the Summer Academy is the team research presentations, which took place over two days. The team presentations are competitive and judged by members of the Penn State community. Teams earned medals for placing first through third in both overall (among SEEMS and SEECoS groups) and group competitions. This summer, SEEMS teams placed first and second in the overall competition.
For more information, contact Curtis Price, coordinator of multicultural programs and associate dean for education equity in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at 814-867-2455.