ENLACE 2021

The ENLACE summer research program at UC San Diego aims to encourage the participation of students and researchers in the sciences and engineering, while promoting cross-border friendships. The program is an opportunity to explore a variety of interests through work on varied projects, while challenging the person to always consider science in the context of societal needs.  The announcement of the program can be found here.

This year’s program will be virtual and with no cost for participation. The research projects listed below are available as part of this year’s program. Teams of five participants will be organized to work on each project.  It is expected that participants will devote 30-35 hours per week to the research project.

The program will also include the following activities:

For high school students:

     
  •  College Prep workshops (Wednesdays from 3:00 to 5:00 PM)

For college students:

     
  • Grad School Prep workshops (Wednesdays from 3:00 to 5:00 PM)

For all participants:

     
  • Science & Society lectures (Mondays from 8:00 to 9:00 AM)
  • Featured Scientist lectures (Wednesdays from 2:00 to 3:00 PM)

 

I. PROJECTS

 

During the program, we are offering participation in the following projects:

Project 1: Next-generation wildfire modeling workflows using QUIC-fire

Research Director: Dr. Ilkay Altintas | Department: San Diego Supercomputer Center

Project 2: New user-friendly methods for visualization of differences among phylogenetic trees

Research Director: Dr. Siavash Arabbaygi | Department: Computer Science and Engineering

Project 3: Python Robotics

Research Director: Dr. Nikolay Atanasov | Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project 4: Exploring the structure and characteristics of extrachromosomal DNA in cancer

Research Director: Dr. Vineet Bafna | Department: Computer Science and Engineering

Project 5: Introduction to python, quantum computing, and a matter-wave gyroscope

Research Director: Dr. Julio Barreiro | Department: Physics

Project 6: Understanding extreme conditions in stars and planets using laboratory and modeling tools

Research Director: Dr. Farhat Beg | Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Project 7: Discovering new low-temperature stars and brown dwarfs in deep photometric surveys

Research Director: Dr. Adam Burgasser | Department: Physics

Project 8: Exploring machine learning methods to classify low-temperature stars and brown dwarfs

Research Director: Dr. Adam Burgasser | Department: Physics

Project 9: Developing and sharing machine learning algorithms in particle physics

Research Director: Javier Duarte | Department: Physics

Project 10: Diagnosing COVID-19 in a minute or less using handheld acoustofluidics

Research Director: Dr. James Friend | Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Project 11: Density functional theory for prediction of thermal properties in metallic glasses

Research Director: Olivia A. Graeve | Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Project 12: Design of STEM teaching modules for middle school students

Research Director: Olivia A. Graeve | Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Project 13: Machine learning for prediction of structure in neutron detectors

Research Director: Olivia A. Graeve | Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Project 14: Engineering design for additive manufacturing

Research Director: Dr. Alicia Kim | Department: Structural Engineering

Project 15: Engineering analysis of heart disease

Research Director: Dr. Andrew McCulloch | Department: Bioengineering

Project 16: Data analysis and automation in electrochemical energy storage

Research Director: Dr. Shirley Meng | Department: Nanoengineering

Project 17: Machine learning for computational super-resolution

Research Director: Dr. Piya Pal | Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project 18: Unraveling the life-history of fishes: age and growth analysis using fish otoliths

Research Director: Dr. Arturo Ramirez | Department: Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Project 19: Spatial, temporal, and phylogenetic analysis of COVID-19 spread

Research Director: Dr. Peter Rose | Department: San Diego Supercomputer Center

Project 20: Machine learning for the Internet of Things applications

Research Director: Dr. Tajana Rosing | Department: Computer Science and Engineering

Project 21: Cerebrospinal flow in the central nervous system

Research Director: Dr. Antonio Sanchez | Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Project 22: Fire whirls and dust devils

Research Director: Dr. Antonio Sanchez | Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Project 23: How good is an oral thermometer at catching fevers?

Research Director: Dr. Benjamin Smarr | Department: Bioengineering

Project 24: Wearable sensors for healthcare monitoring

Research Director: Dr. Joseph Wang | Department: Nanoengineering

Project 25: Deep learning for COVID-19 diagnosis based on CT Scans

Research Director: Dr. Pengtao Xie | Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project 26: Disease segmentation from chest X-rays based on deep learning

Research Director: Dr. Pengtao Xie | Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project 27: Ab-initio computational study of interfacial magnetic anisotropy of Heusler alloys

Research Director: Dr. Kesong Yang | Department: Nanoengineering

Project 28: Tracking human-object interactions using acoustic and Wi-fi signals 

Research Director: Dr. Xinyu Zhang | Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering

 

II. APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

 

I.1. Instructions for students 

 

As part of your application you will have to provide the following documents in PDF format (no other formats will be accepted).

1. A letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or a university professor.

2. School transcripts:

              
  • For high school students in the USA: The transcript must show courses for 10th grade and the first semester of 11th grade. It can also include courses for 9th grade, but this is not a requirement. The transcript must also include the overall grade point average.  Only students currently enrolled in their junior year of high school can apply to the program.
  • For high school students in México: The transcript must show grades for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd semesters of high school. The transcript must also include the overall grade point average.  Only students currently enrolled in 4th semester of high school can apply to the program.
  • For university students in México: The transcript  must show all grades for all college semesters that have been completed. The transcript must also include the overall grade point average.

3. A two-page essay describing (1) why you want to participate in ENLACE 2021 and (2) what is your specific area of interest.

4. The ENLACE 2021 Signatures document.  All signatures must be handwritten. The forms can be found in these links:

       

5. Now that you have all your documents ready for submission, please complete the online application form:          

       

 

I.2. Instructions for researchers / teachers

 

As part of your application you will have to provide the following documents in PDF format (no other formats will be accepted).

1. A letter of recommendation from the Chair of your department. 

2. The ENLACE 2021 Signatures document.  All signatures must be handwritten. The form can be found here: 

       

3. Now that you have all your documents ready for submission, please complete the online application form: