Fall Quarter 2020-21 "Increasing Sustainable Sanitation Access and Reducing Environmental Impacts of Chemical Manufacturing"
King Center on Global Development
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Applications closed on September 28, 2020
The Stanford King Center on Global Development’sAcademic Year Undergraduate Research Assistant Program connects undergraduate students with research being conducted by the King Center's faculty affiliates and postdoctoral fellows. Students committed to providing research support have the opportunity to engage in world-class research and have real-world impact. Undergraduate research assistants will be paid $17.50 per hour and cannot work more than 15 hours per week for all campus work. With the four-quarter 2020-21 academic year, research assistant positions will be offered fall, winter, spring, and summer quarters.
Students may participate in this program, regardless of whether or not they are enrolled in classes.
Students may participate in this program while on their one "flex quarter" for the 2020-21 academic year (however, please be aware that students must be on their flex quarter in order to accept a full-time position).
Research must be conducted remotely.
RESEARCH PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Lack of excreta collection and treatment endangers individual and community health across the developing world, particularly in rapidly growing urban centers. Through collaborative work at Stanford and in Dakar, Senegal, Professor Tarpeh’s research team aims to increase sustainable sanitation access and reduce environmental impacts of chemical manufacturing by producing disinfectants and fertilizers from wastewater. Based on previous laboratory development and field trials, the research team will establish proof-of-concept of an electrochemical separation process to recover ammonia disinfectants and fertilizers from urine. By combining molecular-scale laboratory investigations with real-world evaluation, this multidisciplinary effort aims to prioritize future optimization efforts and business model development.
Location: remote/online; for students already living on campus, research may possibly take place in the Tarpeh Lab at Stanford University, but only if and when Dean of Research approval is given.
What you will do
Assist PhD students Anna Kogler and Lorelay Mendoza with designing reactors to produce ammonia disinfectant and fertilizers from wastewater, and run experiments with the reactors to determine performance.
Responsible for designing and executing experiments, as well as recording and analyzing data (pending Dean of Research guidelines on undergraduate lab work).
Responsible for assisting with a literature review on the global cost of sanitation; key activities include synthesizing scientific and policy sources, as well as addressing data gaps identified by project mentors
At the end of each quarter, submit a written report of research findings and next steps
Work with an interdisciplinary team of engineers, scientists, and business experts to translate experimental results and reactors into field-ready prototypes for deployment in Dakar, Senegal.
Eligibility and Requirements:
Stanford undergraduates in good academic standing are eligible to apply.
All majors are welcome.
A background in chemistry and/or engineering is preferred, but not required.
An ideal candidate would have a strong interest in engineering sustainable development, and particular interest or experience in water quality engineering.
Applicants should be self-motivated, be well-equipped to work in interdisciplinary teams, and demonstrate an independent, “can-do” attitude to overcome obstacles.
10 hours per week during fall quarter 2020.
Along with the application, applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, resume or c.v., and a Stanford transcript (if an incoming freshman, applicants should submit a copy of their high school transcript).
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.