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November 2, 2018
Vol. LXX, No. 22

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Interns Look Back on Their Summer @NIAMS
2018 NIAMS summer interns with (front, starting third from l) Dr. Stephen Katz, NIAMS director; Dr. Robert H. Carter, deputy director; and Gahan Breithaupt, executive officer. Also shown are Dr. Stephanie Mathews (back, l), scientific program manager, Career Development and Outreach Branch, and Dr. Robert C. Walker (back, r), chief of the branch.
2018 NIAMS summer interns with (front, starting third from l) Dr. Stephen Katz, NIAMS director; Dr. Robert H. Carter, deputy director; and Gahan Breithaupt, executive officer. Also shown are Dr. Stephanie Mathews (back, l), scientific program manager, Career Development and Outreach Branch, and Dr. Robert C. Walker (back, r), chief of the branch.

Gratitude was the predominant sentiment expressed by the 2018 summer interns, as they looked back on their experiences working at NIH under the mentorship of top scientists in the NIAMS intramural research program. This past summer, 16 students from universities across the United States participated in this competitive program. Each student received hands-on training and sampled what it is like to work at NIH by attending lectures, seminars and symposia. Some also shadowed clinical staff and all conducted basic and translational research, making their time at NIH truly memorable.

“[The program] really helped to reinforce my interests in the intersections between science and medicine,” said Dorian Frazier, a returning intern from the University of Maryland.

“Everyone in my lab and in the institute has been immensely supportive in helping me grow as a scientist by teaching and advising me on the journey to become a biomedical researcher,” said Talia Solomon, a student from Carnegie Mellon University.

The NIAMS Summer Research Program provides outstanding training opportunities for high school, undergraduate, graduate and medical students. Students can apply online at https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/sip. The application for summer 2019 will be available in mid-November.

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