2010 Alumni Journals

2010 Alumni Journals

SRIP Alumni Journals

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Priscilla Amara~Priscilla Amara, Benedict College~

My experience this summer was great but yet challenging.  I had the opportunity to see what its like to be in a graduate school environment and it was very helpful because I've been debating whether or not to attend grad school. The seminars and colloquiums that are held during the week were very interesting and a great way of networking. UVA is definitely a prestigious institution and this experience broadened and reinforced my career path. Meeting peers with similar interests and passion for research cannot get any better. THANK YOU SRIP!!!

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Keaira Berry~Keaira Berry, Claflin University~

Words fail to fully convey how much educated fun I had while interning in the Summer Research Internship Program at UVa.  I was blessed with another great opportunity to meet people from all over the world!  I interned in an exciting neuroendocrinology lab under the mentorship of Dr. Chien Li.  While in the lab, I was awarded funds to attend two national conferences: 92nd Annual Endocrine Society Meeting and the Leadership Alliance National Symposium.  These opportunities have been career-steering and have encouraged me to give more in-depth thought to my future personal and professional endeavors.  Now, I am interested in pursuing my PhD in pharmacology.  The SRIP also introduced us to different fields of biomedical science each week in our colloquiums which were very innovative areas of cutting-edge research. I really appreciated the emphasis on collegiality and collaborative research at UVa.  If I had to rate my experience on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest, I would give UVa SRIP a 9 because there is always room for improvement, but the program is rated so highly because it is of top notch quality. I am forever grateful for this experience and highly recommend any interested and eligible persons to apply!

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Stephanie Crespo~Stephanie Crespo, Rochester Institute of Technology~

This summer's experience was one of the best experiences I've had. From the people I met to the methods I learned, I would never want to change any of it. Everyone in the program helped me figure things out for my future and present life. I couldn't thank them more. My mentor and lab mates were the best. They challenged me and encouraged me to think out of the box. They helped me learn more about the opportunities I could take in my life too. I learned concepts and methods in lab that I never thought I would and I will never forget them. Thank you!

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Linda De La Paz~Linda De La Paz, Florida International University~

This past summer at UVA was definitely the best research internship I have participated in. Not only was the program able to match me to a lab by my interests, but I was exposed to many other fields of research every week
during seminars. In lab, I was taught new techniques which I will no doubt use later in graduate school. Additionally, I loved how all the undergraduates lived
on the same floor of the dorms. It fostered a family-like environment in which we were all able to hang out after a day in lab. I was recommended by a friend to attend SRIP, and I would recommend this program to anybody of any level of research to join!

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Jasmine Gray

~Jasmine Gray, Hampton University~

I could not have dreamed of a more fantastic summer if I had tried!  Here at the University of Virginia, I had the opportunity to explore my interest with the guidance and support of many phenomenal scientists.  Scientist in all different stages of life from the mentors, to the speakers, to my peers in the program were able to grow and learn from each other, and the experience was invaluable.  The open door policy many people here have makes it easy to ask questions, which to me is a very important part of learning.  I was always excited about what I was going to learn next in lab, and I was always excited to bond with my SRIP peers.  In just ten weeks, my peers in the program became my friends who I will never forget!  This program was an amazing experience that I would do all over again!  This summer will truly be missed, but what I have gained from the experience will stay with me for a lifetime!

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Ruth Kiros~Ruth Kiros, Smith College~

My experience at the Summer Research Internship Program at UVA was priceless both academically and socially. I worked in an exciting pathology lab under Dr. Tim Bullock. I was able to work one to one with my mentor and closely with lab members which was extremely helpful. I was exposed to different research areas in biomedical sciences during the weekly seminars. Interacting with my fellow interns during round table discussions also gave me a chance to learn about their research. In ten weeks, I have had an experience of a graduate student and have made long lasting friends. I am grateful and blessed for having this rewarding experience that has impacted my life greatly. I am now looking forward to my next step in science. I encourage anyone who is qualified to apply to this amazing program.

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Jessica Quinn

~Jessica Quinn, Alcorn State University~

There are no words that can express my learning experience at the University of Virginia. The people here are focused and willing to help. The people in my program were very diverse. We enjoyed learning about each other as well. My peers were there to encourage me daily. This institution has the best learning environment I have ever been in. My mentor, Dr. Shupnik, is an amazing woman. She leads her lab with commitment and loyalty. She has helped me gain the courage and knowledge I need for achieving. The SRIP program has met my needs in learning more about research. I have matured a lot this summer. The University of Virginia is a top school for research in my eyes. I will deeply miss my mentor, peers and the SRIP staff.

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ReAnna Roby ~ReAnna Roby, Alcorn State & Washington State University~

Not only did the Summer Research Internship Program meet my expectations, but it exceeded them. This was my third summer doing research and it was indeed a charm. I was afforded the opportunity to perform a number of techniques I had only read about in literature and the experience was truly amazing. I had the pleasure of working under Dr. Brad Worrall and Dr. Jessica Connelly, as their mentee. We looked at Stroke Epigenomics. My mentors were understanding and patient, which is an invaluable characteristic in the field. With the help of my mentors and Mr. Travis Lillard's training, I have become a better scientist. As for my SRIP peers, words cannot express how we matured over the course of the program and I am grateful for them all. Thank you SRIP 2010 for the opportunity not only to mature as a scientist, but also as a pupil.

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Katherine Schiermeyer~Katie Schiermeyer, East Tennessee State University~

My experience at UVA this summer has been a time I will never forget. Not only did I meet great people in the SRIP program, but also was able to work with faculty and graduate students who were extremely helpful with lab techniques and concepts new to me since my undergraduate degree is in mathematics. Because I came to Charlottesville ready to expand my horizons, I have made invaluable connections with everyone in my lab and in other programs. Then, through my research projects I reinforced my decision to attend graduate school due to the exhilaration I felt every time I learned new lab methods or biological theories. Even though frustration can sometimes set in when experiments periodically aren’t going well, everyone at UVA and the passion I have for learning science made this summer irreplaceable and I would highly recommend SRIP to anyone looking for the same experience.

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Chika Ugwoaba~Chika Ugwoaba, University of Washington~

This summer has been a great experience. Working in Dr. Eric Houpt's lab allowed me to see a range of research tools and techniques being used to investigate amebiasis. Some highlights of my experience in the lab include doing mouse laparotomies, running PCR's and gels for genotyping, doing serial dilutions of drugs, and working with amoeba in vitro. Another aspect of my summer that I especially enjoyed was shadowing Dr. Scott Heysell, a fellow in the Houpt lab. In the future, I hope to work either as a general physician or a pediatrician for Doctors without Borders. At the daily meetings, the physicians discussed cases of infection, the treatments being used, and the progression of the patient’s health over time. Seeing the collaboration and teamwork of the infectious disease physicians at UVA only strengthened my interest in this field. Also, it was helpful to talk with Dr. Houpt about going into medical practice abroad. I must thank SRIP for making such a great match in pairing me with the Houpt lab, and for allowing me this wonderful opportunity.

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Yorleny Vicioso~Yorleny Vicioso, Nassua Community College & Stony Brook ~

The Summer Research Internship Program at The University of Virginia was more than a great experience for me. It not only gave me the opportunity to do independent research, but it also allowed me to obtain valuable information from other scientists, physicians and graduate students. I feel so much more knowledgeable and skilled. More importantly, I am confident to take a step further and continue to do research at my current school. I was also given the opportunity to meet peers with similar interests. If you are interested in medical school or a research career, I strongly encourage you to apply to this program. I am very grateful for having completed such a competitive research program.

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Syed Zaidi~Syed Zaidi, George Mason University~

Having completed the program, I found the SRIP program to be a great experience for those considering a research-based career in one of the biomedical sciences. Aside from working on my own research project, I was constantly exposed to the research interests of faculty and fellow SRIP participants. This, for me, was truly one of the most beneficial aspects of the program. As a biochemistry major, I had a lot of research experience in the basic sciences; however, I had very little exposure to clinical and translational research at my undergraduate institution. As such, I found myself becoming increasingly interested in translational and clinical research through the SRIP research seminars. In fact, the SRIP has influenced me in such a way that I plan on gearing all of my future research efforts towards the translational and clinical aspects of scientific research. Overall, I found the experience to be highly enlightening as well as excellent in representing the demands of a graduate program.


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