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ASU Honors Students Complete Summer Internships

September 19, 2011

Four students in the Angelo State University Honors Program completed 2011 summer internship programs in a variety of fields both in the U.S. and abroad.

Art major Jessica Kindrick spent June and July interning at the Mexic-arte Museum in Austin. Her major work was on a grant project to digitize 27 years worth of photographs and printed materials on the history of the museum. The Archive Index binders she helped create will eventually be housed in the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas.

Physics major Blake McCracken interned in the Detonations Science Branch of Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Development at China Lake Naval Base in California. He spent much of his internship building circuits to be used in testing the detonation velocities of different explosives on the nanosecond time scale. He also attended Basics of Explosives Safety Training and got to experience the lab environments at both China Lake and the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.

International business major Erika Adkins completed an internship in Buenos Aires, Argentina, through the Comision de Intercambio Educativo (COINED) intercultural exchange organization. She did marketing work for EduArgentina recruiting students for its Misión Académica, worked on educational programs for Argentina’s trade union members and promoted national tourism.

Biology major Cassady Hossenlopp interned at the Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences (AFRIMS) in Bangkok, Thailand. She spent much of her time researching dengue fever and the virus that causes it as part of AFRIM’s efforts to produce a vaccine. She also attended symposiums, observed at the AFRIM Virology Research Unit and shadowed physicians treating dengue fever at the Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health.

All of these internship opportunities were made possible by funding through ASU’s Alvin and Patricia New Honors Program Enhancement Fund. Adkins’ and Hossenlopp’s trips were also partially funded by the ASU Center for International Studies.

In 2008, San Angelo Mayor Alvin New and his wife, Patricia, donated $150,000 to establish the Honors Program Enhancement Fund that bears their names. Alvin New earned his B.B.A. in management from ASU in 1984. Patricia New earned her ASU bachelor’s degree in education in 1986 and a M.Ed. as a reading specialist in 1993.