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Latino High School Scholars Visit

Dr. Arlyn Garcia-Perez (top, second from r), assistant director of NIH's Office of Intramural Research, breaks for lunch with this year's cadre of Latino high school scholars selected to participate in the National Hispanic Youth Initiative in Health, Biomedical Research and Policy Development. The initiative, under the auspices of the Interamerican College of Physicians and Surgeons, brings high-achieving Hispanic students from all over the nation to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area where scientists and interns introduce students to a range of careers in health research. This year, the students were welcomed to campus by Dr. John Ruffin, NIH associate director for research on minority health, and given an overview of research training opportunities by Levon Parker, director of NINDS's Summer Program in the Neurological Sciences.

Jose Vargas (l), a 1995 NHYI alumnus and current student researcher in NIH's Undergraduate Scholarship Program, gave a firsthand account of his experiences working in NIH labs. Garcia-Perez and Dr. Alberto Luis Rivera-Rentas also talked about life as a researcher and the opportunities at NIH. The scholars' visit on campus ended with several hands-on tours of NIH labs.

Bruce Sabath, a student researcher working in NINDS's Laboratory of Molecular Medicine and Neuroscience, explains concepts to an NHYI scholar.

Gabriel Linares (l) of LMMN gives Gustavo Saucedo of El Paso, Tex., a quick demo at the microscope. Before departing for home, the students visited the Health Resources and Services Administration, FDA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Office of Minority Health and had lunch on Capitol Hill with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

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