Special to The Catholic Voice
Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School Senior Mary Carmen Reid ‘17 was accept- ed into the Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program (SIMR), a prestigious eight-week summer internship in which high school students are invited to perform research on a medically-oriented project with Stanford faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students and researchers.
Mary Carmen did clinical research at the Stanford University Medical Center, focused on chronic Hepatitis C in Asian- American and non-Asian patients in the United States. She analyzed patient medical records and used the information to build a database of patients with Hepatitis C. She also had the opportunity to hear current grad students and postdoctoral researchers at Stanford give lectures about cancer-related topics.
Rheumatologist Dr. P.J. Utz, M.D., founder of SIMR and Mary Carmen Reid.
“Hearing two Nobel Laureates in science was also a treat, to say the least!” said Mary Carmen. “I met some amazing, talented young leaders of tomorrow and I can’t wait to interact with people who are
STEM-oriented when I go to college (which will be soon!). The eight weeks taught me a lot about myself — who I am as a student, as an intern, and as a young adult. It was a beautiful, challenging, and transformative summer which I hope many others at SJND get to experience someday.”
Fellow senior classmate Anna Victoria Serbin ’17 was selected for the 2016 CHORI (Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute) summer research internship. She was one of 12 students selected from a very competitive pool of more than 1,000 applicants.
During the paid summer internship, Anna Victoria carried out a full-time stem cell research project under the supervision of a mentor at Children’s Hospital of Oakland. Each intern posted about their studies in the lab, symposiums, and the experience of being an intern on a special Instagram account (see @cirm_stemcells and #cirmsparklab).
Anna Victoria Serbin
At the end of the internship, Anna Victoria presented at two symposiums, the CHORI Summer Research Symposium 2016 and the CIRM SPARK 2016 Meeting where she received additional awards at both symposiums.
She said, “Spending my summer intern- ing at CHORI was unforgettable. I learned so much in such a brief period of time, an experience that I will bring with me in my academic career and beyond. With my mentors Dr. Kuypers and Sandra Larkin, MS, we tested the effect of potential anti- sickling drug compounds in both normal and sickled human and mice hemoglobin to observe shifts in oxygen affinity and changes in the red blood cells. Looking back at what I learned, I can confidently say that I see myself in the science field, helping others attain better health.”
Reprinted with permission of: The Catholic Voice, Oakland, CA
On August 12, 2016 the CHORI community hosted its’ 35th Summer Student Research Symposium. Enthusiastic students, proud parents and family members, CHORI & UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital faculty mentors and staff, and many friends joined together to celebrate the accomplishments of this summers’ class. During the summer, 44 students (64% female, 34% in high school, 77% under-represented minority, low income or with a disability) worked one-on-one with their research mentor to develop their own unique hypothesis driven project. Mentors were recruited not only from the CHORI and BCHO campus, but also from the UC Berkeley Stem Cell Center, and the UCSF Parnassus, Laurel Heights and SF General Campuses. This broad range of mentors allowed for a very diverse research experience for the students. This years’ symposium booklet features student biographies, research experiences, and some of the activities our students participated in this summer: Download the 2016 Symposium Guide
Given we were ‘sharing the spotlight’ with the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio De Janeiro, we paid a special tribute to our research mentors. Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals were presented to mentors who had given their time and expertise to students for a minimum of 3, 5 and 10 years respectively over the past decade. Their effort is what makes this program both sustainable and unparalleled.
Monday, September 11, 2017 5:02 PM