2020-21  Summer 

 Environmental Interns
(deadline:  May 15, 2021)

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. Students will learn how to get other students at their high schools involved with local restoration projects. Each summer our focus changes.   This internship is free to students who are selected.



The entire internship is 45 hours. 

We will meet via zoom or person (Tule Ponds) on Thursday from 9:30-12 and Fridays from 9:30- 2:30 (with hour for lunch.  There will be 6 weeks, June 24,25; July 1,2 8,9,15. 16. 22, 23, 29, 30. 

Instructors:  Debbie Davidson, Art Williams, Lucile Zhu, Dr. Joyce Blueford



Overview of Program: Lam Research Foundation and Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District has funded us to continue our Environment Internships sponsored by the Math Science Nucleus.  This year we will teach techniques on monitoring chemicals in the environment and how to evaluate biological systems including species identification.   This year we will be increasing our involvement with the Masonic Home Compost and Reforestation Project.   Dr. Joyce Blueford, Geologist will continue as mentor with key instructor Debbie Davidson, Art Williams, and Lucile Zhu.     

About 10-15 students will be selected.  To qualify they need to have taken one year of science in high school and need to be a sophomore or higher. Chemistry class is highly recommended.  The entire internship is 45 hours.  We will meet via zoom or person (Tule Ponds) on Thursday from 9:30-12 and Fridays from 9:30- 2:30 (with hour for lunch.  There will be 6 weeks, June 24,25; July 1,2 8,9,15. 16. 22, 23, 29, 30. 

We will concentrate basic studies at Tule Ponds (Fremont), but will visit Masonic Home Reforestation and possible Sunol Water Temple.   Interns will learn about environmental issues in the local area. They will learn how to the analyze water for nutrients and elements using probes and spectrophotometers.  They will learn about soil, composting, and importance in restoration. They will 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 the environment through time.  Each Friday will blend lecture and outdoor experience, including obtaining data from kayaks and row boat.  

Example of 2020 intern projects from Tharika Thambidurai and Sahithi Adiraju.
Also consult our website for projects in Enviornmental Science: http://msnucleus.org


This internship is meant for students who are serious about science and applying their knowledge to solve a problem.  In an email send the following information to Dr.Blueford (blueford@msnucleus.org).  Deadline is May 15. 


Send an email to blueford@msnucleus.org

With your name, school, grade, email and phone.  Follow

  1. What city are you from?
  2. List science classes and teacher
  3. hy should we select you to be a Scientific Intern? (5 sentences maximum )
  4. What is your greatest strength? (2 sentences maximum)
  5. Tell me about a time that you participated in a team, what was your role? (3 sentences maximum)


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?  

please email information requested

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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