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Basic Sciences 2006 Summer Undergraduate Research Program concludes with six winners

The School of Medicine recently hosted undergraduate students from colleges and universities across the country. During the summer term, School of Medicine faculty opened their laboratories and provided students with experience in using scientific research to improve our understanding and treatment of human disease. The participants, undergraduate sophomores or seniors, will now complete their undergraduate course work and will likely pursue careers in biomedical research or clinical medicine.

“Our summer undergraduate research program gives talented science and premedical students exposure to cutting-edge biomedical research that can impact clinical medicine, allowing the participants to better select a fun and rewarding career,” states  Lawrence Sowers, PhD, associate dean of research for the School of Medicine. In their assigned laboratories, program participants are able to conduct research in collaboration with graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and medical students.

Dr. Sowers’ office provides students with a stipend for the 10-week program. Participants work on their chosen research topic and attend weekly meetings to network, discuss the conduct of research, and learn about careers in research science.

The 2006 Summer Undergraduate Research Program culminated with a poster presentation by the 19 participants. 

Six students earned prizes: 

First place ($500 each):  Claire-Alyce Andrews and Michael Garispe

Second place ($250 each): Christina Phandl and Jonathan Ross

Third place ($150 each): Justin Koo and Jordan Lang

Other students participating in the program were: Natasa Candarevic, Vlatka Candarevic, Neal Dach, Scott Hadley, Michael Keeney, Ashley Martin, Ethan Mink, Jeshua Rahming, Jeffrey Rudolf, Brandon Schmid, Stuart Seheult, Matthew Tan, and Kathleen Xu.

The judges for this year’s symposium were professors Penelope Duerksen-Hughes, Jonathan Neidigh, Nathan Wall, and Bruce Wilcox.

“The quality of poster presentations this year was excellent,” says Dr. Neidigh, the 2006 program coordinator. “We expect these students to make positive contributions to clinical medicine and biomedical research.”

By Jonathan Neidigh

TODAY news for Thursday, November 2, 2006