UCSF Fresno offers 16th summer Biomedical Research Internships for high school

By Janet Warnert

Applications are now available for Valley high school juniors to apply to the 16th Summer Biomedical Research Internship Program of the UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program. 

Students will work with members of the UCSF Fresno faculty on a variety of research projects in the Fresno area.  The summer program runs from early June to early August.

Students will be selected based on academic merit, their responses to a questionnaire and letters of recommendation from their teachers. Students from Fresno, Madera, Merced, Kings, Tulare and Mariposa counties may apply.

To obtain an application, log onto the UCSF Fresno website at http://www.ucsfresno.edu/ospr/sbi or call program administrator Sharon Hutchinson at (559) 243-3607.

In the past years, 132 students have participated in the internship program. Last year 10 students were assigned to research topics such as surgery reconstruction, alteration of gene expression, and studies in epidemiology, radiology, emergency medicine and infectious diseases.  As part of the summer program, all students visit the main campus of UCSF in San Francisco, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, observe surgery, tour the emergency department at UMC, and visit the current research sites in Fresno.

The deadline for applications is Friday, February 28. Applications should be mailed to UCSF Fresno OSPR (spell out), 2615 East Clinton Avenue, Fresno, CA 93703.

The Bertha and John Garabedian Charitable Foundation has donated funds to the Summer Biomedical Research Internship Program to assist with the stipends the students receive.