LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fourteen high school students presented their research at the recent Samuels Family Latino & African American High School Internship Program (LA-HIP) Science Symposium held at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
“I am always amazed how quickly these students learn to perform sophisticated biomedical research experiments that are typically not learned until graduate school”
The Samuels Family LA-HIP is a unique experience that provides incoming high school seniors from Los Angeles’ underserved communities the opportunity to work alongside nationally-recognized researchers. Inaugurated in 2006, the internship has educated 107 students and seen them excel in the nation’s top colleges and universities. This year, over 100 students from 30 L.A.- area high schools applied for a chance to take part in this program. The 14 selected interns have a passion and talent for biomedical research, and are given the chance to take their first steps towards careers as physicians and investigators. As part of the Samuels Family LA-HIP, students were immersed in a week-long laboratory research training course, before spending five weeks completing their own inquiries in a laboratory at The Saban Research Institute. Instruction in biology and research methodologies, in addition to reading scientific literature and presenting research findings helped prepare the interns for the rigors of mentored research.
“This program is often a student’s first experience in a lab setting,” says Brent Polk, MD, director of The Saban Research Institute. “By granting talented interns the chance to expand their scientific and medical knowledge, LA-HIP instills a sense of confidence that encourages the pursuit of careers in these rigorous fields and beyond. We expect these summer long engagements to be transformative for the students as they are personally rewarding for all of us who have the privilege of working with them."
The Science Symposium marked the end of laboratory work and gave this year’s interns the opportunity to showcase their own research in front of family, mentors and fellow lab personnel. After opening remarks from Emil Bogenmann, PhD., EdD, director of the program and John D. Pettker, former Co-Chair of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Board of Trustees, students presented their findings on diverse topics from diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease to neuroblastoma. “I am always amazed how quickly these students learn to perform sophisticated biomedical research experiments that are typically not learned until graduate school,” says Bogenmann.
Once they are accepted into the Samuels Family LA-HIP, students become part of a comprehensive program that oversees their success from the hands-on lab experience in high school to their undergraduate and graduate educational pursuits. “The Samuels Family LA-HIP is very unique in that it provides professional SAT classes and writing workshops and it offers interns continuous guidance throughout their college application process,” says Bogenmann.
Past internship participants have attended prestigious colleges and universities such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Wellesley, Williams, Pomona and USC. The Samuels Family LA-HIP students must soon compete with the world’s best and brightest, leading Bogenmann and Mercedes Gonzalez, program coordinator, to establish the internship’s first “boot camp”. Before heading off to college this fall, interns from the class of 2012 were brought back for a five week intensive program led by Princeton Review instructors, where they were immersed in biology, chemistry, writing and math. As part of this “boot camp,” students also received additional training in organizational skills and tips that ensured the Samuels Family LA-HIP graduates will continue their path to excellence throughout college and beyond.
A recent endowment from longtime hospital supporters and philanthropists, Theodore R. “Ted” and Lori Samuels, in March of 2013 guaranteed that the Samuels Family LA-HIP will continue to guide Los Angeles teens to careers in the biomedical sciences for decades to come.
About Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Children's Hospital Los Angeles has been named the best children’s hospital in California and among the top five in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the prestigious US News & World Report Honor Roll. Children’s Hospital is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States, is one of America's premier teaching hospitals and has been affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California since 1932.