Each year, the program offers a small number of stipends to allow some URAP apprentices to continue work on their mentors' research projects over the summer. To be eligible, students must have been working with the same mentor for at least two semesters. Mentors nominate their students. These stipends are generously supported by a number of private donors.

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Research in the Trace Gas Biogeochemistry Laboratory

Summer 2017

Anya Mikheicheva : Geophysics

Mentor: Robert Rhew/Geography

I have been working on a few projects  "Net ecosystem fluxes of methyl halides from Rush Ranch, a salt marsh ecosystem in the San Joaquin Delta", “Halide extractions from Oxford Tract” and  I’m about to start another project that is running GS-MS with a different carrying gas, which could possibly improve gas chromatography results. With the first two projects I did a lot of halide extractions and they are done at this moment and ready for the last SAM measurements, that will give us the valuable data for both projects. For the Rush Ranch project we recently collected new samples in the field and going to finish measurements on GS-MS gas chromatography next week.

Donor: Leadership Fund
Message to Sponsor:

Thank you for providing me this opportunity, this experience is very valuable for me. It's a great opportunity to learn and help to accelerate important research that could possibly affect everybody as it studies fluxes of compounds that catalyze stratospheric ozone depletion.