Members of the Marshall Biomedical Sciences (BMS) family recently attended the 15th Annual West Virginia Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (WV-INBRE) Summer Research Symposium at West Virginia University (WVU).
Undergraduate students from summer internship programs at Marshall and WVU had the opportunity to present the results of their nine weeks of biomedical research to others from around the state. “This is a great opportunity for summer interns to share the results of their hard work, meet peers and faculty in their field, and add valuable experience to their graduate applications,” noted Kelly Carothers, Summer Research Internship for Minority Students (SRIMS) Coordinator.
WV-INBRE summer interns come from West Virginia colleges and universities, and can choose to attend the program at either Marshall or WVU. WV-INBRE also extends research opportunities to high school and college teachers. A professor at the University of Charleston, who previously earned her PhD from Marshall’s BMS program, was able to return to elements of her prior research, and teachers from Charleston and Hurricane High Schools conducted work in Marshall’s graduate-level labs. The mission of the WV-INBRE, as part of the NIH Institutional Development Award (IDeA) is to establish a consortium among selected institutions of higher education in the State of West Virginia to enhance their capacity for education and training their faculty and students in biomedical research.
The Summer Research Internship for Minority Students (SRIMS) participants are from a variety of schools and universities around the U.S. This year, the BMS program hosted four interns who are from California State University, University of Texas, Cheney University and Central State University. Their research focused on areas such as toxicity and cellular stress in the kidney, diet-induced obesity, the molecular management of congestive heart failure, and adipose tissue dysfunction-related diseases.
Researchers from the American Heart Association Undergraduate Summer Internship Research (AHA-USIR) and their mentors attended the conference to present the results of their investigations into cardiovascular issues. These interns are selected from Marshall University undergraduate science programs.
Elsa Mangiarua, PhD, WV-INBRE summer program director, stated, “I am always amazed at the amount that these students learn and the results that they obtain after just a few weeks. Their posters and oral presentations are fantastic.”
For further information about the BMS summer interns, please see: http://www.marshall.edu/bms/2016/05/26/summer-interns/.