High-achieving students from Rice University, Yale University, University of Florida and MIT returned to their homes in Orlando this summer to find training opportunities not previously available prior to Sanford-Burnham’s opening at Lake Nona in Medical City. For those hoping to become future scientists, summer is a time to land a coveted internship to study advanced sciences and work with practicing professionals.
Choosing lab time over beach time, a number of college and high school students are working alongside Sanford-Burnham researchers and learning about the daily realities of medical research. These scientists of tomorrow are gaining hands-on experience assisting in biology, chemistry, and histology labs. Some are participating in the search for biomarkers that may one day help clinicians diagnose a disease, while others are learning how to prepare slides of cells so that scientists can investigate cancer. These interns are mentored and exposed to the thrill of discovery; they also learn that patience and determination are required to pursue a career in science. For some who were unaware of the variety of career opportunities available in the life sciences, a summer spent in the lab helps to shape their future career choice.