NSF-STC Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Project Description for Mr. Michael Yilma
The objectives of the following summer research project are based on the skills
and interests of Mr. Michael Yilma. Mr. Yilma is currently a Computer Science
major with a minor in Mathematics at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina.
In addition, he is a Malcolm X Leadership and Presidential Scholar, as well as
the recipient of the Leadership and Academic Achievement Award from North
Carolina State University. Mr. Yilma's grade point average reflects aptitudes
in Chemistry, Biology and Computer Sciences.
Mr. Yilma has also worked as the production manager of a news magazine publihsed
by the Future Black Scientists of America. He would like to apply these skills
toward educating and "providing redirection for at risk minority students" in the
With these interests as guidelines we have decided that Mr. Yilma will:
- Work with Dr. Venkat Vasudevan on creating a multimedia module, along with
a web summary "Understanding Molecular Modeling" for undergraduate students in
chemistry. Our objective here is to distribute this model to other universities
and high schools via the web as introductory material that could be used in the
K-12 and undergraduate curriculum. This will require consulting with professors
both on and off campus.
- Create a WWW home page for the NSF-STC SURP program that will briefly
summarize all of this years' student SURP projects along with an overview of our
NSF-STC's SURP goals.
Because Mr. Yilma has already demonstrated good communication skills along with
interests and aptitudes in Computer Science and Chemistry, I believe that he
will be successful with these two tasks.
Ron Kriz, Project Advisor
May 30, 1995