Undergraduate Uses A.I. to Combat Covid-19 in Virtual Internship
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
By Mike Cavaliere
July 16, 2020
Rising Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University junior Audrey Osburn dreams of one day being an astronaut working onboard the International Space Station, and she is hoping a summer internship at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory is going to get her one step closer to achieving that goal.
A Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Physiology student, Osburn is working remotely with scientists at the national research center to study Covid-19 antigens and antibodies, in hopes of better understanding how the virus spreads in order to slow, or eliminate, the rate of infection.
“The real-world impact of my work could potentially be finding the final piece of the puzzle that stops Covid-19 in its tracks,” Osburn said, adding that some of the data she has created so far has already been analyzed by the lab’s supercomputer.
Although the pandemic forced her internship to transition online, Osburn remains aware of the rare opportunity she’s been afforded. Now, in addition to gaining hands-on experience to help build her resume for the future, she’s contributing to work that can have a global impact — right now.