Gateways 2016 introduced undergraduate Joel Gonzalez-Santiago to the work of nanoHUB, presented by Lynn Zentner of Purdue University, and led to an internship.

2021 Interns 2021 Interns

Kaitlin Groothuis
Purdue University
Dr. Paul Parsons

Hello, my name is Kaitlin. I am a returning sophomore in Purdue’s User Experience Design program, working on the usability consulting team of the Science Gateways Community Institute. I plan to obtain minors in Psychology and Foods & Nutrition along with a Bachelor of Science in UX. I am grateful for this opportunity of interning at SGCI.

I am interested in working with communities to design technologies that address local needs: civic design. User research and graphic design are also areas of interest for me, though I hope to have more exposure and a greater understanding of other facets of user experience design.

At Purdue, I have worked with a team improving UEGroup’s youXtools over the course of a semester. UEGroup is a User Experience consultancy that has created its own suite of user testing tools. Through my project-focused education, I have become familiar with methods like heuristic analysis, user interviews, observations, usability testing, diary studies, low and mid-fidelity mockups, wireframes, and more.

During this summer, I am working with the Science Gateways Community Institute as a consultant to improve the reach of STEM resources and education by making websites easier to use.


Brandon Dentler
Purdue University
Dr. Paul Parsons

My name is Brandon Dentler. I am currently a junior at Purdue University and in my second year of User Experience Design within the Polytechnic Institute. I am planning on getting a Bachelor’s of Science in User Experience Design with a focus in User Interface design within the video game industry, and am also working toward a certification in Entrepreneurship. I plan to graduate from Purdue University in the Spring of 2021.

Although I have just completed my first semester within the User Experience field, I feel as if I have been exposed to so many techniques and standards I must know. Specifically usability testing. This has been my favorite form of testing I have learned thus far within the program. Also in my first semester, I had the opportunity to work alongside 6 others for a company called Star Behavioral Health Providers (SBHP) to help renovate their site from the ground up. I have learned so much thus far in the field of User Experience and am very excited to learn so much more.

I have also received a great opportunity to work with the Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) over the summer. I am very excited to transfer my skills from the classroom into the real world and learn more about how to interact with real clients. I am also excited to be working within the usability and UI side of SGCI and working alongside the scientific community to make their applications work easier and smoother for them. 


Rachel Anderson
Purdue University
Dr. Paul Parsons

My name is Rachel Anderson. I am currently a graduate student at Purdue University. I received my undergraduate degrees from the University of Denver in 2016. I received two degrees, a BSBA in Marketing and a BSBA in Hospitality Management. Additionally, I minored in French. While I was able to work in the hospitality field for 8 years, I decided to return to school to complete my lifelong goal of receiving a Master’s Degree. I plan to graduate from Purdue University in the Spring of 2022.

To me, UX design combines my passion for people and design. I believe you can completely transform a person’s experience with great design. While I am still in my first year of graduate school, I have learned so much and am excited to learn more.

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI). I am excited to transfer my skills from the classroom and previous work experience into real-world UX situations. I am also eager to be working within the usability and UI side of SGCI and working alongside the scientific community to make their applications work easier.