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The Pre-College Summer Research (PCSR) at the Interventional Robotics Lab (IRL) provides hands-on research and development opportunities for high school students in the areas of science, engineering, and medicine preparing them for college.  This program is available to students whether or not they plan to attend UCF as a student in the future.

Anticipated activities are not different from those for current graduate and undergraduate students in the lab which include:

  • Need finding
  • Idea brainstorming
  • Literature review
  • Requirements identification
  • Design specification identification
  • Computer design
  • Simulation
  • 3D printing
  • Benchtop evaluation
  • Academic publication
  • IP documentations (invention disclosure, provisional patent).

* Students can be co-author on publications and (co-)inventor on patents based on contribution.

Start/end date: June to early August based on high school schedule. 

Work hours: A minimum of 20 hours per week is recommended. Between 9:30am and 5:00pm through Monday to Friday. There should always be current lab members present while high school students working.

This is voluntary work.  Research materials and operational costs for the PCSR program are supported by donations. Previously some participants’ families have generously donated to this program.

To interested students:

  • Submit (email to the director) a resume/cv and one page letter stating research interests and anticipated dates/hours.
  • Application open/deadline: April 1st/April 30th.
  • Notifications of acceptance: May 10th.
  • In order to provide the best research experience, we are limiting the number of accepted student and priority will be given to rising seniors.

Pre-College Summer Research Students

Summer 2018

Hari Dandapani

Entering 12th grade Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy

Design of a Semi-Robotic Locking Fixture for Laparoscopic Instruments

Designing an apparatus that surgeons can utilize to securely fasten their instruments during laparoscopic surgery

Split-Trocar

Creating a trocar that can be locked during laparoscopic surgery

Robotic and laparoscopic surgery; autonomous robotic devices; interventional surgical technology; 3D printing. I hope to combine my interests in all of these topics to make something novel and beneficial to the field of medicine.

I enjoy practicing Taekwondo and am captain of my school’s robotics team. In my free time, I like building new things with Arduino, volunteering at Adult Day Care Centers and the Women’s Center, and playing with my dog.

Tej Stead

Entering 12th grade at Trinity Preparatory School

Design of a Semi-Robotic Locking Fixture for Laparoscopic Instruments

Designing an apparatus that surgeons can utilize to securely fasten their instruments during laparoscopic surgery

Split-Trocar

Creating a trocar that can be locked during laparoscopic surgery

Mathematical modeling, medical robotics, signal processing, cryptography

Math/programming/physics/robotics competitions, Quiz Bowl, scuba diving, cooking

Diego Santiago

Entering 12th grade at Trinity Preparatory School

Design of a Semi-Robotic Locking Fixture for Laparoscopic Instruments

Designing an apparatus that surgeons can utilize to securely fasten their instruments during laparoscopic surgery

Computer engineering, software development, cryptography, medical robotics, physics

Programming, science olympiad, FRC robotics competitions, Orlando Science Center volunteer, Weightlifting

Summer 2019

Areen Agha

Rising junior at Lake Howell High School

Student at Seminole State College for A.A. degree in Business

Single Actuator Multiple Manipulation (SAMM) Mechanism

The SAMM box allows for the movement of multiple degrees of freedoms (MDOFs) with a single actuator and to constitute how much energy is conserved by this product.

Arduino Demonstration of SAMM Box

A visual representation of the protype design of the MDOFs of a SAMM box from a single motor which is programmed and coded with Arduino to create the several axis motions controlled by one central power.

Single Actuator Multiple Manipulation (SAMM) Mechanism Prototype Design

Model design of SAMM box using engineering components and 3D printed parts to build SAMM protype in order to represent its compact design and minimal size and weight.

Mathematical Calculation; 3D Printing; Arduino Programming and Coding; Physics; Software Engineering; Robotics Development.

Club Base Camp, National Honors Society, DECA, Future Healthcare Professionals of America, Environmental Club, Hospital Volunteer, Boxing & Running.

David Green

Entering 12th grade at Trinity Preparatory School

SAMM motor project

Robotic prosthetics

Middle and High school Robotics, High school Programming

Traveling, movies, games, spending time with friends and family, Captain of the High School Archery team.