Four high school students to be honored for completing summer research internship program at UT Health Center

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Four high school students who have completed an eight-week biomedical research internship at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler will present their research findings from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 29, at the Center for Biomedical Research Auditorium at UTHSCT, 11937 U.S. Highway 271.

The four students and their high schools are: Ryan Bailes, Robert E. Lee High School; Misbah Hasan, All Saints Episcopal School; Kevin Lemmons, John Tyler High School; and Lizandra Rodriguez, Winona High School. The students were selected based on their motivation, ability, scholastic aptitude, accomplishments, and recommendations from science teachers.

This is the second year that the Wheeler Development Company has donated $5,000 to fund the Summer Research Internship Program for High School Students. The chief executive officer of Wheeler Development Company is Ken Wheeler, Sr., a member of UTHSCT’s Development Board. In 2004, five high school seniors completed the internship program. Because one of the students originally chosen for this year’s program had to drop out of it, each of the four remaining students received a $1,250 stipend during the internship.

Beginning June 6, the interns worked eight hours a day, five days a week for eight weeks. They were mentored by experts in their scientific fields and gained hands-on lab experience.

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