Paid Summer Internship

Paid Research apprenticeship programs for high-school and undergraduate students on Through wall imaging

Research activity on Through Wall Imaging

Prof. Erricolo’s research group has been investigating Radio Frequency Tomography as a non-destructive evaluation method to image cracks in concrete structures. These techniques include qualitative and quantitative deterministic methods.

During Summer 2018, we plan to expand our measurement capabilities by designing a rail antenna positioning system, which would provide measurements along a straight line or a plane. The design will be performed during Spring 2018, while the construction is planned to take place during the month of June 2018. After the new positioning system is built, we will perform high-frequency measurements of electromagnetic fields transmitted through various concrete structures. The measurement results will be processed using Matlab, compared with our in-house theoretical prediction tools and the results, if satisfactory, will be used to prepare a conference presentation co-authored by the students.

 High school student activities ($10/hour not to exceed 300 hours)

  • [June 2018] The student will contribute to building the mechanical part of the rail positioning system, with help from the local machine shop at UIC.
  • [July 2018] Once the positioning system is ready, high-frequency measurements will be taken using an advanced vector network analyzer.

Undergraduate student activities ($15/hour not to exceed 300 hours)

  • [June 2018] The student will contribute to writing programs using LabView to control the motors of the positioning system.
  • [July 2018] Then the student will contribute to program/configure the vector network analyzer to automatically take measurements using the new positioning system.

Student requirements

The students will be selected based upon an examination of their credentials including (i) GPA, (ii), resume, (iii) one letter of reference, and (iv) one personal letter of motivation.


Applications must be submitted by March 2, 2018

High school students

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The proposed research activities focus on introducing students to the electrical engineering field and provide them with some in-depth understanding of certain ongoing projects that are of great interest to the Army Research Office. During these apprenticeships, the students will gain important technical skills working under the supervision of PhD students in the investigators’ groups, with close monitoring by the faculty mentors. The students will learn how to use some scientific instrumentation and create professional plots using Matlab. They will gain experience on how to present their results clearly and efficiently and on using PowerPoint. It is anticipated that their skills in writing simple reports as well as oral presentations will both be significantly enhanced at the end of the program. All these skills they learn will prepare the high school students for their future entry to highly competitive undergraduate programs, and attract the undergraduate students into science and engineering careers.

The proposed research activities will start with a full-day project-inception orientation at the beginning of the program to layout the procedures and mechanics of the program.  Specifics of professional training on lab safety, planning, time management, and group interaction/leadership will be provided. Also, a presentation on (i) project planning and literature review, and (ii) statistical design of experiments and data analysis (accompanied by related handouts prepared by the PIs) will be part of the orientation.

During the research apprenticeship, bi-weekly research group meetings/seminars will allow the students to present progress of their research and help them learn to communicate with workers who may have different training and background. The students may get co-authorship of conference presentations, based on their activities from this opportunity.

Additional activities for the students

During the summer, both the HSAP and URAP students can participate to the activities available on the UIC campus, which include but are not limited to

  • UIC Enrichment Programs on writing; Mathematics; Chemistry; Physics;
  • Academic Support Programs: ACE College Reading for Success; Asian American Mentor Program; Learning Beyond the Classroom; PAP Academy; TRIO SALC for Low-Income; First-Gen College Students, and/or Students with Disabilities
  • College-based Programs: UIC Business Summer College Prep; College of Engineering PREP-ME Summer Workshop; Global Asian Studies Success Program, Summer Exploration & Transition Program; Urban Health Program: Preparing for Academic Student Success;
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