Summer provides opportunities
for Bell Center students
Many Bell Center students have summer internships and research opportunities. Here are just a few of the experiences our BRNC students had this summer.
BNRC Undergraduate Students
As a senior in Electrical and Computer Science Engineering, Geoff Green II used this summer to further his talents. Through his involvement with the Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP), Geoff, along with his mentor and colleagues, published an article called: The Benefits of Certain Everyday Music Listening Habits on Heart Rate Variability, which explores the relationship between heart rate variability and the use of music in a cognitively stimulating way. In his research, Geoff uses a variety of measures to test his hypothesis. From his research, the positive results presented information regarding the degree in which cortical and subcortical neural communication can influence one’s motivation for listening to music. Furthermore, this research sets the precedence for further research analyzing how to combat autonomic and neurological dysfunction through music.
DeMario Webb, a rising junior studying Mechanical Engineering, took his talents to Indianapolis this summer. He is currently interning at Rolls-Royce as a Design Engineer in the Rotatives Department. In this position, his roles have included creating visual standards for the compressor wheels of an airplane engine and a battleship. He also has the task of analyzing the stress that compressor wheels endure and identifying critical features indicating the severity of that stress. In addition to his work at Rolls-Royce, DeMario has spent his time exploring Indiana. He went cliff jumping for the first time at White Rock Park, and he witnessed the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. He also took part in the Snake Pit, attended a minor league baseball game, visited the NCAA Hall of Champions, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Deontre “Tre” Gray is a rising senior studying Sports Industry who is making major headway this summer. Through his exposure with the Management Leadership of Tomorrow (MLT), Tre was able to gain once-in-a-lifetime experience. With only 20 applicants receiving this honor out of a pool of 1500, Tre proudly accepted an internship with ESPN in their New York office. He is currently working as a dual intern for both the Corporate Citizenship team and Consumer Insights with the Research and Analytics Department. With this phenomenal experience, Tre has learned many of the ins and outs of the sports television business.
Both divisions have molded Tre and sharpened many of his skill sets. Through the Corporate Citizenship team, some of Tre’s accomplishments include assisting in all philanthropic events with major sport league partners, developing and assisting in the creations of new community engagement projects for the ESPN brand in addition to league partners, and aiding in the development of the philanthropic plan for the Make a Wish Foundation that was showcased at this year’s ESPYS. Through Consumer Insights with the Research and Analytics Department, he learned ways to effectively expand the ESPN brand to widen their distribution of properties, identifying and growing target audiences, and developing new revenue opportunities.
In addition to the insight he has gained from this internship, Tre has learned about the behind the scene work done in production for ESPN’s reach outside of its most prominent show, Sports Center, and more. Tre has gained a cumulative experience while in New York. Even through subtle exposure, Tre has seen the thought process that goes into making a successful brand.
During his internship, Tre has gain some cool experiences. These experiences include being able to test prototype tools, traveling with the company, meeting important executives at ESPN including the President John Skipper, meeting NBA draft picks, and more.
Currently a PhD student in Health and Exercise Behavior, Jennifer Maisonet-Cotto spent her summer as an intern for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and University and a Youth Health Equity Model of Practice fellow for Ohio Mental Health. As a result of her program, Jennifer was able to partner up with the Environmental Protection Agency for a project called Research on Measures of Economic Vulnerability to Identify and Characterize Alternative Measures of Economic Vulnerability that Should be Considered in Environmental Justice Work. This project helped to ensure that Executive Order 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations was adhered to. The order states “that every federal agency is responsible for making environmental justice part of its mission by identifying and addressing disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects of its programs, policies and activities on minority populations and low income populations.” Through Jennifer’s work, she hopes that her project leads to the improved identification of communities in economic distress in addition to ensuring the inclusion of communities with higher burdens of environmental hazards. Overall, her works aims to shift vulnerable communities into economically stable ones.