HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – In-depth, mentored research experiences at Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine will help develop the skills of the nearly 20 undergraduate students from 10 different institutions who are spending the summer conducting biomedical research in laboratories on campus.
While at Marshall, the students are working in the university’s facilities on research projects important to the health of Appalachia, such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer and addiction-associated diseases. The students will present their research results at a symposium at the end of their nine-week program.
Participating in the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Summer Research Internship for Minority Students (SRIMS), sponsored by the Office of Research and Graduate Education at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health Award, are:
In addition to SRIMS, Marshall University, in partnership with researchers at West Virginia University, received a $16 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to help build expertise in biomedical research out of which the West Virginia IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence, or WV-INBRE, was born. Students participating in the WV-INBRE summer program at Marshall include:
WV-INBRE also sponsors summer fellowships for instructors at primarily undergraduate institutions and high school science teachers. This year’s undergraduate faculty fellowship recipient is Ping Lu, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics at Bluefield State College, who is working with Michael Norton, Ph.D., professor of chemistry at Marshall University. Three local high school science teachers are also participating this summer with mentors from Marshall University, they are:
Lastly, five additional students from Marshall University are participating in the American Heart Association Undergraduate Summer Internship Research program led by principal investigator Nalini Santanam, Ph.D., M.P.H., FAHA:
“Each of these programs provide students the unique opportunity to network within their field and perform meaningful research, while also granting them an academic competitive edge for graduate school,” said Kelly Carothers, coordinator of the SRIMS program.
For more information about WV-INBRE, visit wv-inbre.net or contact Elsa I. Mangiarua, Ph.D., professor of biomedical sciences at Marshall, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 304-696-6211. For more information about SRIMS, visit jcesom.marshall.edu/research/srims or contact Carothers by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 304-696-7279. For information about the American Heart Association program, contact Santanam by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 304-696-7321.
Photo caption: Students participating in biomedical research internships this summer at Marshall University include (back row, left to right) Brittani Greene, Caleb Duncan, Kate Preece. Kia Smith, Rebecca Lee, Matt Chapman, Zach White; (front row, left to right) Kassey Wagner, Madison Wall, Jessi Adams, Heather Connery, Sydney Jamison, Gretel Toloza Alvarez, Adrian Maldonado, Sam Sanchez. Not pictured: Anisha Valluri, Emily Hendricks.
Media Contact: Sheanna Spence, Director of External Affairs, School of Medicine, 304-691-1639
Date Posted: Wednesday, June 05, 2019