2018  Summer

 Environmental Interns

Environmental Interns is a high school program sponsored by the Math Science Nucleus and funded by Lam Research Foundation and Alameda County Flood control and Water Conservation District.   Students learn the science behind the environment and they actually get to work on restoration projects.  Projects have included Masonic Home Reforestation Project,  Mission Creek,  Irvington Creek, California Nursery Historical Park, and Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon.  Each summer our focus changes.   This internship is free to students who are selected.   Students above are 2017-18 interns.



June 21, Thursday   9-12   Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon
Focus:  Why Chemistry is important in restoration, Sample techniques

June 22, Friday  9-12  Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon
Focus:  Plants and Chemistry of Soil, working with plants

June 28,  Thursday  9-12  Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon
Focus:  Chemical/Biological Sampling of Tyson Lagoon 

June 29, Friday  9-12  California Nursery Historical Park
Focus: Native Trees and their requirements

July 12, Thursday 9-12  Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon
Focus:  Principles of Restoration -  Natural Composting

July 13, Friday  9-12   Masonic Home

Focus:  Composting

July 19, Thursday 9-12 Restoration Competition

July 20, Thursday 9-12 Restoration Competition

August 9, Thursday 9-12 - Restoration Competition

August 10, Thursday 9-12  -  Comparing and looking at restoration projects

Overview of Program: Interns will learn about environmental issues in the Tri-City area of Fremont, Union City and Newark. They  learn how to the analyze water for nutrients and elements using probes and spectrophotometers.  They  learn about soil, composting, and importance in restoration. They learn different techniques of restoration especially on what tools to use.  Students will learn about how microorganisms can help determine the health of environment, and many other environmental parameters include how humans have changed their environment.  Each day will blend lecture and outdoor experience.

Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon will be used for basic training on spectrophotometers (chemical analysis); ecology, and methods of restoration.  We will also do work at California Nursery Historical Park learning about native and non-native trees and how to take care.  We will also do work at Masonic Home taking care of the trees and learn about larger scale composting and reforestation.  We also will have an opportunity to look at several other sites.  Scientific illustration techniques will also be a component of this year’s training. If students may continue with projects during the 2018-19 school years. 

This internship is meant for students who are serious about science and applying their knowledge to solve problems. 

After training students are eligible to continue with research projects funded by Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District and Math Science Nucleus.  Throughout the year students work on different projects from chemical testing, recording species abundance, working with compost, and many other environmental projects.


Are you still interested?  Lam has funded project for 2018-19. 

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About the Intern Program

 Lam Research Corporation is funding this program so students can explore different fields of science in a lab or outdoor experience.  This is tailored for sophomore to senior high school students.  If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Joyce Blueford at blueford@msnucleus.org


About Lam Research

Lam Research Corporation has been a major supplier of wafer fabrication equipment and services to the worldwide semiconductor industry for more than 30 years.  As the industry transitions from business computer-based applications to feature-rich consumer products, chipmakers are challenged to mass produce highly sophisticated devices.  To keep pace and meet demanding production requirements, semiconductor manufacturers will need to invest in highly versatile and reliable wafer fabrication equipment.  As the market leader in plasma etch and a leading supplier of single-wafer clean products, Lam Research strives to consistently deliver the technical capability and cost-effective performance our customers require.  With corporate headquarters located in Fremont, California, the Company maintains a network of facilities throughout North America, Europe, and Asia to meet the complex and changing needs of its global customer base. 

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