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Meet East LA College’s 2016 Base 11 Fellows

This summer, two East Los Angeles College students participated in Base 11’s fellowship program. Francisco Gomez and Philip Chan spent the summer at the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering, where they conducted hands-on research. Under the mentorship of faculty member Wilson Chan, Ph.D., Francisco and Philip used a wind tunnel to run experiments on the aerodynamics of small wings, such as those on drones, and present their final results to faculty and administrators. Not only did Philip and Francisco live on campus with other Base 11 fellows for the summer, but they were even paid for their research!

This fall, Philip is transferring to UC Riverside while Francisco is transferring to UC Irvine to continue studying engineering. Meet the East LA students:

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Since the first day I stepped onto USC’s campus for this internship, I absolutely knew that it was going to be a unforgettable experience!”

“The program sparked my curiosity for research. It’s more plausible now for me to go to grad school.”



Philip CPhilip Chan at USC wind tunnelhan


“My first week was an eye opener. My mentor Dr. Wilson Chan gave us a laboratory tour and I was surprise by the type of equipment and history behind each tool used in research.


Read more about Philip and Francisco’s experiences at USC.



Current community college students can apply now for Base 11’s experiences on university campuses.

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