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Twelve research interns spending summer at MU

Jul. 07, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Twelve undergraduate students from eight institutions are spending their summer doing biomedical research in Marshall University's laboratories.

The students are participating in nine-week programs sponsored by the West Virginia IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence and the university's Summer Research Internship for Minority Students program.

"Over the summer, these students will gain valuable, hands-on experience doing graduate-level research in the labs of some of Marshall's finest scientists. We also teach them how to share their findings at a scientific meeting and to network, all of which helps them build academic competitiveness for graduate school," said Dr. Elsa I. Mangiarua, a professor in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Toxicology at Marshall's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

While at Marshall, the interns are working on research projects related to cancer, cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes, neuroscience, toxicology and environmental health, infectious diseases and bioinformatics. The students will present their research results at a symposium on July 29.

In addition to the formal research training they each receive from their Marshall faculty mentors, the interns are taking part in workshops and seminars about a variety of topics related to research and graduate education. Students in the two programs attend many of the same seminars and interact socially through a bowling outing, ice cream socials and other special events intended to help them get to know one another outside of the laboratory environment.

Students in the WV-INBRE summer program include Jaya Ale, University of Charleston; Joshua Easterling; University of Charleston; Bishnu Kafley; Berea College; Rebecca Martin, Davis and Elkins College; Hajer Mazagri; University of Charleston; Noah Mitchell, Wheeling Jesuit University; Rishi Reddy; West Virginia State University; Anthony Schenelle, Wheeling Jesuit University; and Linh Vu, University of Charleston.

The WV-INBRE program also sponsors summer fellowships for instructors. This year's fellowship recipients are science teacher Olivia Boskovic from Huntington High School and Sobha Goraguntula, an assistant professor of chemistry at Alderson-Broaddus College.

Students in the Summer Research Internship program for minority students includes Annesha King, University of Virgin Islands; Ashlea Hendrikson, Oakwood University; and Emmanuel Rosas, University of Texas at Brownsville.

Each student receives a stipend. Depending on the program in which they are participating, they may also receive room and board, lab fees, and reimbursement for travel to and from Marshall.