This summer MERI staffed 7 interns working in various research projects of the institute. Samantha Calderon (Bloomfield H.S.) and Marielly Pena (Newark Tech) were brought to us through the program “Explore NJ” for High School students interested in environmental science, and were supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1203210. Samantha will begin her first year at Bryn Athyn College in Pennsylvania and Marielly is a returning junior at Newark Tech. Omar Morgan studied under our “Senior Experience” program throughout the school year as well as this summer. He graduated in June from Bergen Academy and will begin his college career at Boston University. Brian Wlodowski & Maulik Patel will return to college this fall. Brian is a 3rd year student at Ramapo College and Maulik will begin his 2nd year at TCNJ. Isabella Martin will return to Bergen Academy as a Senior and Sumin Lim who was brought to us through Liberty Science Center’s “Partners in Science” program is a senior at East Brunswick High School.