(Back row) Matthew Burke and Marcus Guttierez
(Front row) Noel Ermer, Maylin Martinez, Anouk Braun and Tristan Brankovic
During each summer, USC Viterbi School of Engineering hosts high school students from throughout the Southland to join the research teams of faculty. The Summer High School Intensive in Next Generation Engineering (SHINE) lasts seven weeks during the summer, but the networks and friendships last much longer.
Recently, students from the SHINE 2018 cohort returned for a reunion, the second this school year, as shown above. Noel Ermer (SHINE 2017), Maylin Martinez, Anouk Braun, Matthew Burke, Tristan Brankovic, and Marcus Guttierez (all from SHINE 2018) returned to catch up with each other as well as Dr. Katie Mills, Dr. Megan Herrold, and Anisha Nagarajan, who run the SHINE program. The seniors are waiting to hear acceptance news from their college applications (and we’re happy to say that USC is on their list!) and the students who are juniors are thinking ahead about how they will participate in research again this year. Matthew Burke is returning to SHINE to participate in Professor Han Wang’s Electrical Engineering lab this summer after conducting research in a robotics lab last summer.
The SHINE alumni graciously stayed to say hello to about twenty families who attended the SHINE 2019 Information Session that same day. These amazing SHINE grads spoke about how their summer experience helped them in their coursework, confidence, and communication skills. Several of their parents who also attended spoke about how they observed their children gain important life skills by attending SHINE.