RTF Summer Research Internship

HHMI-USE has funding to support summer internship opportunities for 5 high school students who have successfully completed the RTF workshop in the fall or the spring. The interns are given an opportunity to choose a lab, and work full-time for six weeks in the state-of-the-art Hunter scientific research laboratories, alongside experienced scientists, graduate and undergraduate students. At the end of the internship, the students report the results of their research projects to the Department of Biological Sciences using a PowerPoint presentation format. Several interns are usually invited to continue their project throughout the academic year, based on their performance during the summer. The RTFW interns earn a stipend of $1000 for the summer and each mentor receives $500 for small lab equipment and/or supplies.

Please click on ABS to view the abstract of the intern's work.



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Summer 2011

  • Determining the Role of TRIP6 at Telomeres
    Racheal Odusanya (Mentor: Dr. Diego Loayza)
    ABS
  • The Gap43 Transgene Project
    Prima Manandhar (Mentor: Dr. Paul Feinstein)
    ABS
  • pkcA and pakD Regulation on Actin in D. discoideum
    Isaiah Brown (Mentor: Dr. Derrick Brazill)
    ABS
  • Study The Localization of Chk1 After DNA Damage by Microscopy
    Roxana Ochoa (Mentor: Dr. Hualin Zhong)
    ABS
  • Cytoskeletal Regulation of Schwann Cell Differentiation
    Joshua Lora (Mentor: Dr. Carmen Melendez-Vasquez) ABS


Summer 2010

  • Samantha Morera * mentored by Dr. Brazill, ABS
  • Eni Cerma * mentored by Dr. Qiu, ABS
  • Renee Drummond mentored by Dr. Angulo, ABS
  • Sabrina Fletcher mentored by Dr. Bratu, ABS
  • Asha Hedrington mentored by Dr. Loayza, ABS
  • Ling Hong Ren mentored by Dr. Zhong, ABS
  • Brenda Morales mentored by Dr. Bargonetti, ABS
  • Peiji Goa mentored by Dr. Goddard, ABS

    * Returning students

Summer 2009

  • Aysha Jalal mentored by Dr. Bargonetti, ABS
  • Perpetue Backer mentored by Dr. Goddard, ABS
  • Samantha Morera mentored by Dr. Brazill, ABS
  • Ahmad Sadique mentored by Dr. Foster, ABS
  • Eni Cerma mentored by Dr. Qiu, ABS
  • Felin Martinez mentored by Dr. Drain, ABS

Summer 2008

  • Elaine Yap mentored by Dr. Jill Bargonetti, ABS
  • Hector Dominguez mentored by Dr. Carmen Melendez, ABS
  • Cuini Mo mentored by Dr. Diego Loayza, ABS
  • Enrique Medrano mentored by Dr. Noel Goddard, ABS
  • Pelin Fahliogullari mentored by Dr. Jason Dictenberg, ABS
  • Eileen Yau mentored by Dr. Weigang Qiu, ABS

Summer 2007

  • James Chalco mentored by Dr. Jill Bargonetti, ABS
  • Omar Mata mentored by Dr. Laurel Eckhardt, ABS
  • Umme Hani mentored by Dr. David Foster, ABS
  • Maya Chuck mentored by Dr. Diego Loayza, ABS
  • Kirk Rattanakorn mentored by Dr. Hualin Zhong, ABS

Summer 2006

  • Spencer Yamada mentored by Dr. Pat Rockwell, ABS
  • Karen Lal mentored by Dr. Laurel Eckhardt, ABS

High School Interns