Fifteen students and two science teachers from high schools across Palm Beach County have been selected to join the biomedical research laboratories of The Scripps Research Institute from June 11 to July 20, 2012, as participants in the Institute’s eighth annual Scripps Florida Kenan Fellows summer research internship program.
Since its inception, more than 100 high school students and science teachers have completed the prestigious six-week program, which places interns in the biology and chemistry labs of the Institute’s Florida campus. Working alongside Scripps Research scientists and engineers, Kenan Fellows make important contributions to the Institute’s research initiatives while learning critical scientific skills and gaining valuable laboratory experience.
“We’re excited to welcome our newest Kenan Fellows to the Scripps family,” said Deborah Leach-Scampavia, director of education outreach for Scripps Florida. “Every summer we’re amazed by the level of sophistication we see in the interns, and every summer the positive feedback we receive from their faculty mentors is overwhelming. The scientists invest a great deal of time working with these students, but the incredible enthusiasm the interns bring to the labs they join makes it all worthwhile.”
“This is an excellent opportunity for our high school students and science teachers,” stated Wendy Spielman King, K-12 Science Manager for the School District of Palm Beach County. “This internship gives our students an advantage as they apply to the top post-secondary science programs in the country. It also provides our science teachers with valuable professional development experiences.”
Interns assist with research on diverse topics ranging from neuroscience and cancer biology to medicinal chemistry and infectious diseases. Each Kenan Fellow is assigned a specific research project by their faculty mentor and presents the results of their project at an all-day seminar on the final day. During the course of their internship, Kenan Fellows learn basic laboratory techniques, experimental design, data analysis, and more. In addition, interns attend special weekly seminars presented by Scripps Research faculty, offering an in-depth look at the latest research taking place on the Florida campus.
The 2012 Kenan Fellows represent schools located throughout Palm Beach County, from Belle Glade and Boca Raton to Jupiter and West Palm Beach. Also this summer, three previous Kenan Fellows will return to Scripps Florida as college undergraduates for a second, more intensive research internship. All three participated in the program as Palm Beach County high school students. The ten-week undergraduate program includes workshops exploring research topics and offering guidance on applying for graduate school. Undergraduate interns also are required to develop and present a scientific poster at the end of the summer that describes the results of their research project.
The Scripps Florida Kenan Fellows summer research internship program is sponsored by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, a foundation with a special interest in supporting K-12 education.
Complete List of 2012 Scripps Florida Summer Interns (Kenan Fellows)
Palm Beach County High School Students
1. Sofiya Andreyeva, Palm Beach Gardens Community High School, Molecular Therapeutics Intern
2. Lorena Benitez, Atlantic Community High School, Metabolism and Aging Intern
3. Ricardo Canelo, John I. Leonard High School, Translational Research Institute Intern
4. Randell Doane, The Benjamin School, Metabolism and Aging Department Intern
5. Claire Dykas, Spanish River Community High School, Chemistry Intern
6. Lauren Fremont, Jupiter Community High School, Cancer Biology Intern
7. Kristina Garcia, Boca Raton Community High School, Infectology Intern
8. Alexandra Kaye, The Benjamin School, Neuroscience Intern
9. Angela Liang, Suncoast High School, Cancer Biology Intern
10. Hashna Manoharan, Florida Atlantic University High School, Neuroscience Intern
11. Courtney McEwen, Jupiter Community High School, Metabolism and Aging Intern
12. Ryan Meingasner, Seminole Ridge Community High School, Molecular Therapeutics Intern
13. Adrienne Propp, The Benjamin School, Metabolism and Aging Intern
14. Julia Rothschild, Suncoast High School, Cancer Biology Intern
15. Jordan Zeldin, Spanish River Community High School, Infectology Intern
Palm Beach County High School Science Teachers
1. Lucas Basso, Palm Beach Central High School, Metabolism and Aging Intern
2. Samuel Jackson, Glades Central Community High School, Translational Research Institute Intern
Undergraduates – Returning Palm Beach County High School Students
1. Sergine Brutus, Emory University (Palm Beach Gardens Community High School graduate), Chemistry Intern
2. Yimin Chen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Atlantic Community High School graduate), Cancer Biology Intern
3. Kasey Haugen, University of Central Florida (William T. Dwyer High School graduate), Chemistry Intern
About The Scripps Research Institute
The Scripps Research Institute is one of the world’s largest independent, not-for-profit organizations focusing on research in the biomedical sciences. Over the past decades, Scripps Research has developed a lengthy track record of major contributions to science and health, including laying the foundation for new treatments for cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, hemophilia, and other diseases. The institute employs about 3,000 people on its campuses in La Jolla, CA, and Jupiter, FL, where its renowned scientists—including three Nobel laureates—work toward their next discoveries. The institute’s graduate program, which awards Ph.D. degrees in biology and chemistry, ranks among the top ten of its kind in the nation. For more information, see www.scripps.edu.
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