One such quality poster belonged to Fordham University second-year pre-med student Sophia Idso, who was one of three Research Internship Program poster winners. Idso was mentored by Armando Giuliano, MD, executive vice chair of the Department of Surgery for surgical oncology and a professor of Surgery, and Hisashi Tanaka, MD, PhD, associate professor of Surgery.
"I have never had such an amazing experience," said Idso, whose project focused on the ability of statins to decrease tumor proliferation. "The best part was meeting my mentors. They gave me so much insight and knowledge about how to conduct research."
The two other Research Internship Program poster winners were: Virginia Chan, from the laboratory of Dmitriy Sheyn, PhD, assistant professor of Orthopaedics; and Giovanna Curci Regis, an intern in the laboratory of Maya Koronyo-Hamaoui, PhD, associate professor of Neurosurgery.
Katherine Samuel, who is 17 and starting her senior year at Campbell Hall High School, was one of three Minors in Research poster winners. Mentored by Melodie Metzger, PhD, assistant professor of Orthopaedics, Samuel's project assessed a new surgical approach to repairing traumatic shoulder fractures. "My favorite thing about this experience has been discovering new passions and gaining career-path direction," she said.
The two other Minors in Research poster winners were: Jiho Kim, mentored by Alexander Ljubimov, PhD, professor of Biomedical Sciences and director of the Eye Program at the Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute; and Justin McCaskill, an intern in the laboratory of Sanjeev Kumar, PhD, assistant professor of Biomedical Sciences, Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute.
Benjamin Taylor, 17, ended the summer session with career clarity. "By getting hands-on research experience and direct mentorship, I confirmed that I do want a career in biomedical science. That's something I didn't know when I started this summer," said Taylor, whose mentor was Moshe Arditi, MD, professor of Pediatrics and Biomedical Sciences and director of the Infectious and Immunologic Disorders Translational Research Center in the Department of Biomedical Sciences.
Poster participants consistently expressed how much they valued their Cedars-Sinai internships. Julia Levy, whose mentor was C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, medical director of the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center and professor of Medicine, put it this way: "What I valued most was the team I worked with at the Women's Heart Center." Levy, who is currently applying to medical school, added, "Everyone is really intelligent, kind and always willing to teach you something."
Manisha Chaudhary, program manager in Academic Programs, sees the internship programs as mutually beneficial. "These programs support our teaching mission and are a pipeline for the next generation of scientists," Chaudhary said. "Not only does the field of biomedical science benefit, but also Cedars-Sinai when some of these talented individuals return and are hired into research and clinical roles that ultimately enhance patient care."
For more information about internships, visit the websites of the Research Internship Program and the Regenerative Medicine Institute's High School Outreach Program.