PRISM Scholars Newsletter

November 23rd, 2021

Voice of Inspiration

“I have no special talent, I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” – Carl Sagan

“I haven’t failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

“Let’s build the change we wish to see.” – Emily Pilloton

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Alumni News

Congratulations to Alumni Mike Alves!


On Thursday, November 18, Michael Alves defended his doctoral dissertation from the University of California - San Diego. He presented his dissertation thesis, titled New Insights into the Heterogeneous Chemistry and Photochemistry of Indoor and Outdoor Environments, over Zoom. Dr. Alves worked under the direction of Dr. Vicky Grassian, Distinguished Chair of Physical Chemistry. The Grassian Group at UCSD focuses on the chemistry and impacts of environmental interfaces.


As an undergraduate, Mike attended Minneapolis College. He transferred to Augsburg University, where he spent the summer doing undergraduate research under the supervision of Dr. Dave Hanson. He spent a second summer doing undergraduate research at the Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment (CAICE) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU).


As an undergraduate at Augsburg, Mike received an National Science Foundation (NSF) S-STEM Scholarship award and was part of the Augsburg TRIO McNair Scholars Program. He went on to receive a NSF Graduate Fellowship. In August of 2021, Mike was awarded the NSF Mathematical and Physical Sciences Ascending Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. He will pursue research on the environmental organic chemistry of indoor gases and surface films under guidance of Dr. Allen Goldstein at the University of California - Berkeley.

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Thank you!!

Thank you to all the PRISM scholars who completed the PRISM survey. Amazon gift cards were sent out to respondents via email in early November. If you completed the survey and did not receive your gift card, feel free to reach out to Dr. Jennifer Brookins-King at brookinj@augsburg.edu. We are grateful for your participation!

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Upcoming Events

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Come Meet Dr. Brian Dewsbury!

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SciTech Internship program and The Louis Stokes-North Star STEM Alliance Presents:

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Opportunity for Chemistry Majors

The ACS International Research Opportunities for Students (IRES) program is now accepting applications for its Summer 2022 cohort in Germany and Singapore. Participants will receive a living stipend, housing allowance, travel funding, and unique professional development experiences established specifically for the cohort. Funded through the NSF Office of International Science & Engineering, IRES is open to sophomores and juniors majoring in chemistry or an allied field now through December 15.


Visit the IRES webpage for additional information, requirements, and application.

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UpTurnships Ramping up Recruitment

Opportunities for spring or summer programs are now available at UpTurnships. Interested students can now apply to the program without attending an information session but you are still encouraged to attend an information session to get to get a better idea of the programs.

Students interested in finance, accounting, sales, and computer science are encouraged to apply!


Click below for more information about UpTurnships:


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bOjE1eWf1yvIL4HTxv3iXtUF26T4KBZB/view?usp=sharing

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Links to recent STEM Workshops

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Applying for Paid Summer Research Opportunities in STEM

Perspectives on the Opiod Crisis in the Somali Community:

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