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Trinity students spend the summer investing in lifelong learning

From hiking through the rainforests in Costa Rica to studying the brain’s response to cocaine through on-campus research, nearly 250 Tigers spent their summers learning near and far. This summer, nearly 140 Trinity students collaborated with faculty members to conduct undergraduate research, and 110 students interned for organizations around the country.

Eighty percent of type 2 diabetes patients with foot ulcers require amputation. That’s why Adil Ahmed ’19 and Abbie Jones ’20 worked with engineering professor Dany Muñoz-Pinto to design hydrogel wound dressings that will enhance skin cell reproduction. The wound dressings aim to help heal lesions quicker, lessening the need for more invasive procedures.

Caroline McKeighan ’19 and Curtis Segarra ’19 spent two weeks in south central Utah with geosciences professor Ben Surpless studying fault lines. The team flew drones over the fault lines to capture 4k video, which they then transformed into 3D maps of the fault system back on campus. Watch a story of their journey.

Students from Trinity’s international criminal justice program visited the Netherlands to learn about the International Criminal Court. This picture was from their last evening in the country, taken at the 1984 Winter Olympics bobsleigh track in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Megan Smith ’18 spent her summer break interning for Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas, a local nonprofit dedicated to urban nature conservancy. But this isn’t just a traditional internship—it’s a full-time, professional position funded by a stipend from Trinity’s Arts, Letters, and Enterprise program.

More than 60 students participated in Students + Startups, an initiative led by Trinity’s entrepreneurship program that places students in internships with startup companies in San Antonio. Nine Trinity students worked at cloud-based data security firm Jungle Disk this summer, housed in San Antonio’s downtown hub for tech startups, Geekdom. The “Triniteam” built a customer service chatbot using Google’s DialogFlow, developed a social media presence for the company, got intensive programming experience, and even took time to mentor local high school students.

In the spring, Trinity was awarded an $800,000 grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support opportunities for undergraduate research in the arts and humanities. This summer, the Mellon Foundation supported more than a dozen undergraduate research projects, including topics such as fake news and media literacy, the stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS, and racism in professional football recruitment.

Read more on Trinity’s Experiential Learning Blog.