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Summer Student Is Competition Finalist

Lisa Ruhleow, a junior from the University of Wisconsin, is no stranger to winning awards. Before coming to NIH as one of the finalists in this year's Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program (BESIP), she received scholarships from the Aide Association of Lutherans and a bioengineering department award from her university. "Competition was high for one of the 16 internship positions," explained BESIP chairman Dr. Robert J. Lutz. He said more than 90 students from 33 universities and colleges across the country competed for a place in this year's program.

College student Lisa Ruhleow shows off her summer's work at the annual Poster Day event.

Ruhleow arrived in Maryland in June and began her internship at the Center for Information Technology working for Tom Pohida, a biomedical engineer with the Division of Computational Bioscience. Her project was titled, "The Use of Digital Subsampling in Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) Signal Processing." As she explained, "Subsampling is a digital technique that converts a high frequency signal to a lower frequency range, making the signal simpler to process and analyze." According to Pohida, "We were not able to dedicate the time for the project until Lisa arrived...her accomplishments will enable us to significantly improve the EPR small animal imaging system in the near future."

Ruhleow was the only summer student to represent CIT at this year's annual Summer Student Poster Day, an all-day event on Aug. 9 at the Clinical Center exhibit area. Sponsored by the NIH Office of Education, this year's event featured more than 400 posters displaying the science projects of the many summer science interns, including students from high schools, colleges, universities and medical schools from across the country.

Growing up in the small town of Oconomowoc, Wisc., Ruhleow says she always felt an affinity for the sciences. "Even in grade school I found that science and information technology were something that really interested me, and that I was good at," she said. She hopes to return to CIT or NIH in the future not only as a summer intern, but also perhaps, after she graduates, as "a full-time biomedical engineer."

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