The Penner Group High School Outreach Program.

Congratulations to Victoria Lee (Fountain Valley High School) and Aurnov Chattopadhyay (University High Irvine)! At the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair, Victoria won a Senior Division Chemistry Award, and Aurnov was recognized with a Office of Naval Research Award. See all the winners here: Congrats to Victoria and Aurnov!!

what is it?
The Penner Group High School Outreach Program is a program of outreach to Orange County high school students in connection with our National Science Foundation contracts. It started with Jeff Chen, then a junior at University High School in Irvine, in 2001 with NSF award CHE-0111557.



The Class of Summer 2015: Participants in the Penner Group High School Outreach Program, summer 2015. Shown from left to right are: Mya Le Thai (Penner Group High School Outreach Coordinator), Stephen Lantin (UniHIgh Irvine), Kristin Vagara (Huntington Beach HS), Victoria Lee (Fountain Valley HS), Salvador Verduzco (Godinez Fundamental School, Santa Ana), Aurov Chattopadhyay (UniHigh Irvine).

During summer 2015 we had five outstanding high school students working together with us (See above). This brings to forty four the total number of high school students who have pursued independent research projects under the supervision of myself and senior graduate students. This web site has produced visibility for our program beyond the City of Irvine and since 2006 we have attracted students from Aliso Viejo (2), Costa Mesa, Fullerton (2), Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Santa Ana (6), Valencia (2), and Villa Park (1). The map below shows the city of origin (as a blue dot) for each of our participants.


Map of Orange County indicating (as blue dots) the geographical distribution of participants in the Penner Group High School Outreach Program.

Students engaged in our outreach program often prepare posters for presentation at the Orange County Science Fair (OCSF). These presentations have been well received and as indicated in the Table, several have been selected at OCSF for presentation at the California State Science Fair (CSSF). Irrespective of the degree of success attained by each student in the laboratory, these students have all been enthusiastic and engaged in their research, which occurs under the direct supervision of a senior graduate student in the laboratory.



Two Penner Group High School Outreach Fellowship All Stars in Action:
LEFT: Ervin Meneses (Santa Ana High Schoool) examines an array of gold nanowires, summer 2010.
Ervin is a sophomore at Union College, Schenectady, New York this fall, 2012. Ervin was the first recipient of the Penner Group High School Outreach Fellowship sponsored and funded by National Science Foundation.
RIGHT: Johncarlo Mensa (Santa Ana High School) is aligning a lithographic mask on a sample to prepare it for the growth of nanowires, summer 2011. Johncarlo is presently (fall 2012) a freshman at Allegeny College in Pennsylvania. He was the second recipient of the Penner Group High School Outreach Fellowship sponsored and funded by the NSF.


they're great!
Two students (Rei Wu and Swetha Kambhampati) competed in the Siemans-Westinghouse Competition (http://www.siemens-foundation.org/competition/.), the most prestigious science competition for high school students in the U.S., and both were recognized as semifinalists. We have had a total of 44 participants to date, and of these, at least 37 of our ``alumni'' have already been accepted to, are currently attending, or have graduated from, colleges including: UC Berkeley (9 alumni), MIT (5), Caltech (3), Stanford (3), UCLA (3), Harvard (2), UCSD (2), Dartmouth (1), Upenn (1), UC Irvine (1), Union College (1), Wellesley (1), UC Davis (1), UC Merced (1), CSU Fullerton (1), Allegany College (1) (See table below for a complete list).

are you interested in participating?
Great! Our summer 2016 Penner Group Highschool Outreach program will offer a 4 week course in Electrochemistry. You will attend a laboratory series Monday through Friday for 4 hours a day, from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, for the four weeks. Laboratory experiments in electrochemistry will illustrate key concepts, leading to an understand of the research in the Penner lab. Over the 4 weeks you will explore the following concepts:

  1. types of conductivity and types of materials,
  2. how batteries work,
  3. electrochemical cells,
  4. measuring current and potentials,
  5. electrodeposition.
You'll also learn the various types of instrumentation that is used in electrochemistry to gather data such as: a potentiostat, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction. As well as learning laboratory skills the students will attend bi-weekly group meetings where they will learn more details about the projects that are being researched in the Penner lab. Collaboration is very important in science and these meetings will teach you how to interact with fellow lab members and how to approach difficulties in research by interacting with other scientists. In the last week and a half of the program you will concoct a mini electrochemistry experiment of your own, building your ability to think independently and allowing you the opportunity to explore a particular area of electrochemistry. This will involve conceiving of an electrochemical experiment, learning the background and setup of the experiment, collecting data, and compiling this information into a poster that will be presented on the last day of the program.

Still interested? Fantastic! Now, here are the requirements for admission into our program for summer 2016:
The Penner Group Highschool Outreach coordinator is Ms. Mya Le - please email her your application materials and/or any questions you may have about our program. Please only send applications in the month of May, any other applications maybe lost or misplaced and you might not be considered for our program.

Table. Students Participating in the Penner Group High School Outreach Program: 2001-Present (reverse chronological order).

Student
Period of Association
Graduation Year
High School
Project Title
Present Status
Stephen Lantin 6/13 to 7/13 and
6/15 to 7/15
2016 University High School, Irvine Nanowire-based super-capacitor electrodes Freshman at UC Santa Barbara, fall 2016!
Aurnov Chattopadhyay 6/15 to 7/15 2017 University High School, Irvine Nanowire-based super-capacitor electrodes Senior at University High, fall 2016!
Victoria Lee 6/15 to 7/15 2016 Fountain Valley High School Nanowire-based super-capacitor electrodes Freshman at UC Berkeley, fall 2016!
Kristin Vagara 6/15 to 7/15 2016 Huntington Beach High School Nanowire-based super-capacitor electrodes Freshman at Cornell, fall 2016!
Salvador Verduzco 6/15 to 7/15 2016 Godinez Fundamental School, Santa Ana Nanowire-based super-capacitor electrodes Freshman at USC, fall 2016!
Andrew Liu 6/14 to 7/14 2015 Oxford Academy, Cypress Chemical sensing with nanowires Sophomore at UC Berkeley, fall 2016.
Aviva Myers 6/14 to 7/14 2015 Laguna Beach High School Chemical sensing with nanowires Sophomore at Stanford, fall 2016.
Jennifer Mendoza* 6/14 to 7/14 2015 Santa Ana High School Chemical sensing with nanowires Sophomore at California State University, Fullerton, fall 2016.
Kelly Mendoza* 6/14 to 7/14 2015 Godinez Fundamental School, Santa Ana Chemical sensing with nanowires Sophomore at UC Merced, fall 2016.
Eleni Andrikos 6/13 to 7/13 2015 Orange County School of the Arts
Santa Ana
Sophomore at UC Davis, fall 2016.
Kruthi Renduchintala 6/12 to 7/13 2015 University High School, Irvine Light emitting nanowires. Sophomore at UC Berkeley, fall 2016.
Albert Tung 6/12 to 7/13 2014 University High School, Irvine Virus-based Biosensing Junior at Stanford, fall 2016.
Joon Hee Lee 6/13 to 7/13 2014 Arnold O. Beckman High School, Tustin Junior at Caltech, fall 2016.
Kimberly Venegas* 6/13 to 7/13 2014 Santa Ana High School A senior at Santa Ana High School, fall 2014.
Daisy Andres* 6/13 to 7/13 2014 Santa Ana High School Freshman at UCLA, fall 2014.
Erick Andres* 6/12 to 9/12 2013 Santa Ana High School Thermoeletric nanowires. Sophomore at UC Berkeley, fall 2014.
Deven Patel 6/12 to present 2014 Villa Park High School Biosensing with nanowires. Sophomore at UCLA, fall 2014.
Cliff Kao 6/11 to 9/11 2013 University High School, Irvine NOx sensing with gold nanowires 2nd place, International Chemistry Olympiad, 2012! Congrats Cliff!
Sophomore at UPenn, fall 2014.
Melissa Huang 6/11 to 9/11 2013 Foothill High School, Tustin Biosensing using PEDOT/phage films. Sophomore at UC Irvine, fall 2014
Johncarlo Menza* 6/11 to 9/11 2012 Santa Ana High School Thermoelectric nanowires. Freshman, Allegheny College , fall 2012.
Yash Desai 6/11 to 9/11 2013 University High School, Irvine ZnO nanowires for the photolysis of water. Sophomore at UC Berkeley, fall 2013.
Ashley Park 6/11 to 9/11 2013 University High School, Irvine Biosensing using PEDOT/phage films. Sophomore at Wellesley College, fall 2013.
Felicia Hsu 4/10 to 9/10 2011 Valencia High School Silver nanowires for high sensitivity sensing. Sophomore at MIT, fall 2012.
Ervin Meneses* 6/10 to 9/10 2011 Santa Ana High School Laser thermal annealing of metal nanowires Freshman at Union College,
Schenectady, New York, fall 2011.
Sam Kim 9/09 to 12/09 2011 Aliso Niguel High School Thermoelectric nanowires Sophomore at Harvard, fall 2012.
Catherine Dong 6/09 to 9/09 2012 Northwood High School, Irvine Electrodeposition of nanowires. TBA
Vivek Abraham 2/09 to 8/09 2012 University High School, Irvine Electrodeposition of nanowires. TBA
Jennifer Kadowlski 5/09 to 8/09 2010 Troy High School, Fullerton Electrodeposition of nanowires. Junior at UCLA, fall 2012
Ayan Kusari 8/08 to 3/09 2011 University High School, Irvine An Electrolytic Approach to Ocean Water Restoration Sophomore at UCSD, fall 2012.
Pratiksha Thanker 8/08 to 12/08 2010 University High School, Irvine Phage-Based Biosensing Junior at MIT, fall 2012.
Chasen Stark 6/06 to 8/08 2009 University High School, Irvine LPNE Bi Nanowire growth and characterization Senior at USC, fall 2012.
Jonathan Noguchi summer 2008 2008 Troy High School, Fullerton Metal nanowires Senior at Stanford University, fall 2012.
Aashish Varma 5/07 to 8/08 2008 Estancia High School, Costa Mesa Hydrogen sensing with palladium nanowires Sophomore at Cal Berkeley, fall 2012.
Adam Khan 4/07 to 8/08 2008 University High School, Irvine Semiconductor nanowires Sophomore at Caltech, fall 2012.
Micca Hecht 4/07 to 8/08 2008 Tarbat V'Torah, Irvine Design of RCL nanowire circuits Junior at MIT, fall 2012.
Dat Hoang 6/06 to 8/07 2007 Trabuco High School, Mission Viejo Virus-Based Biosensing Graduated Berkeley 2011,
grad. student at Columbia in Chemistry, fall 2012.
Johan Hoang 8/05 to 6/06 2006 University High School, Irvine Semiconductor Nanowires Graduated Harvard
Swetha Kambhampati 10/04 to 6/06 2006 University High School, Irvine Thermoelectric Nanowires Swetha wins Merage American Dream Fellowship!.
Graduated MIT in 2010
Sherwin Doroudi 6/04 to 9/04 2005 Sage Hill High School, Irvine Metal Nanowire Etching Graduated Caltech.
Trevor Granger 6/04 to 9/04 2004 Sage Hill High School, Irvine Silver Nanowire Growth and Electrical Simulations Graduated Dartmouth.
Keidi He 8/03 to 1/06 2004 University High School, Irvine Detecting Dissolvecd Hydrogen Using Pd Nanowire Arrays Graduated UC Berkeley, 2011.
Albert Linden 6/03 to 3/04 2004 University High School, Irvine Chemical Sensing with Metal Nanowires Graduated UC Berkeley, 2010.
Rui Wu 6/02 to 8/03 2003 University High School, Irvine Electrodepositon of Iron Nanowires Graduated MIT.
Jeff Chen 9/01 to 5/02 2002 University High School, Irvine EC Synthesis of Luminescent Cadmium Sulfide Nanoparticles Graduated UC Berkeley 2004,
CEO of Mertex Technologies.

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