HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine recently welcomed 20 summer interns for a nine-week biomedical research program. The participants, who are mainly from West Virginia colleges and universities, will conduct research that is relevant to health concerns in the Appalachian region such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, addiction disorders and cancer.
“These talented students learn first-hand what it is like to pursue a career in research while enhancing their academic competitiveness for graduate school and networking with others in the field,” said Kelly Carothers, coordinator of the Summer Research Internship for Minority Students (SRIMS).
The School of Medicine’s Office of Research and Graduate Education’s SRIMS program sponsors students from the United States. The 2021 participants are listed below with their colleges, hometowns, and mentors:
West Virginia IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE) is funded through a $16 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Marshall University, in partnership with researchers at West Virginia University, received the award to help build expertise in biomedical research. Students participating in the 2021 WV-INBRE Summer Program include:
Two West Virginia teachers have also been chosen for the WV-INBRE Summer Fellowship Program:
Five students are supported by the American Heart Association Summer Intern Research program led by principal investigator Nalini Santanam, Ph.D., MPH, FAHA:
New this year is the NIH sponsored National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Summer Research Internship, which focuses on increasing underrepresented populations in drug abuse and addiction research. This year’s recipient:
“We are providing in-depth, mentored research opportunities for undergraduates,” said Elsa I. Mangiarua, Ph.D., professor of biomedical sciences and director of the WV-INBRE program. “The programs also promote awareness of Marshall’s graduate degree programs and available careers in biomedical research.”
In addition to lab work, interns attend educational and professional seminars along with networking activities. They will present their research findings at a symposium at the conclusion of the program.
For more information about WV-INBRE, visit wv-inbre.net or contact Mangiarua at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-696-6211. For more information about SRIMS, visit jcesom.marshall.edu/research/srims or contact Carothers at email@example.com or 304-696-7279. For information about the American Heart Association program, visit https://jcesom.marshall.edu/AHA or contact Santanam at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-696-7321. NIDA information is available by contacting Daniel Morgan at email@example.com or (304) 696-7298
Photo caption: Students participating in biomedical research internships this summer at Marshall University include (back row, left to right): Sidra Tahir, Umesh Nepali, Marnie Kerby-Ballinger, Alex Dague, Alex Simpkins, Christopher Bender, Sean Hill , Alex Martinez, (front row, left to right) Emily Taylor, Taisha Valenzuela, Jocelyn Hernandez, RaeAnne Reed, Fallon Gallimore, Brendin Flinn, Sakinah Burger, Maddy Michels, Anya Miller, Claire Combs, Courtney Lulek, Sydnie Jenkins
Date Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2021