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Three Engineering Undergrads Serving Competitive Internships in Germany

June 29, 2018

Congratulations to three University of Idaho undergraduate students selected for competitive DAAD-RISE Germany internship positions this summer. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) to undergraduate students through a selective application process. This year, three U of I biological engineering students in the College of Engineering are spending their summer working with doctoral students at universities and research institutes throughout Germany.

Samuel Funk, originally from Lewiston, is a senior in the University Honors Program majoring in biological engineering and minoring in German. His internship placement is at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in the Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies. His research project focuses on remote photoacoustic sensing using speckle analysis using ultra-fast diode sensor.

Addie White, originally from Boise, is a junior in the University Honors Program majoring in biological engineering and minoring in German. She is an intern for the disturbance ecology department at Bayreuth University and is helping with various projects involving the effects of climate change on grasslands.

Ethan Overfelt, from Moscow, is a senior majoring in biological engineering and minoring in French. His research internship is in Hannover in the Institute for Technical Chemistry at Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University Hannover. His research mainly concerns the production and purification of two novel recombinant proteins, one a collagen mimetic and the other a fibrinogen mimetic.
Students interested in information on DAAD-RISE may contact Rachel Halverson in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at, or Holly LaHann in the Distinguished Scholarships Program at


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