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Students share summer internship details

Most people spent their summers trying to escape mosquitos. Maya Rosen '21 collected the pesky insects in traps in her backyard, stored them in plastic containers in her parents' freezer, then took them each day to a lab at Florida International University. There, she sorted them under a microscope by sex and species to assist scientists researching the neutralization of viral transmission of mosquitos.

Her 2018 internship was one of about 20 featured at the Lewis Family Auditorium Jan. 31 during the sixth-annual Ransom Everglades Internship Forum.
Students used poster board and digital displays to showcase their work at various science and fabrication labs, medical institutes, art spaces, technology start-ups and summer camps. They found their summer opportunities through RE's Summer Learning through Internships and Mentoring (SLIM) program or Bowden fellowships, by reaching out directly to local scientists, by partnering with members of the RE community or, in the case of Connor Sahs '20, by launching his own start-up (an automotive detailing business).

Emma Broad '19 worked under the tutelage of RE parent Shyam Gajavelli, an associate scientist at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine, to study the use of stem cells to combat traumatic brain injury for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. "I learned a lot about neuroscience, which I never had experienced in the past," Broad said. "I got a better understanding of what cells look like, and I was in the lab all summer."

"What you see here are just some of the many summer experiences in which our students participated," said Paul Natland '02, a faculty member and director of the SLIM program. "We hope to expand the number of opportunities available in the future."

See the full list of projects displayed below. For RE alumni or parents who are interested in offering summer internships or mentoring opportunities to RE students this summer, please contact Paul Natland '02.

Dan Leslie Bowden Fellowship
American Coal: A Case Study
Sofia Andrade '19

Syntheon Lab
Prototyping and Building Medical Devices for Doctors
Michael Macrae '19 and Michael McBrayer '19

Lab Miami 
A Playground of Innovation Through Start-Ups
Lorenzo Prattico '19

Locust Art Builders
Art for Social Justice
Kareena Rudra '20

Miami-Dade County: Teen Court
Providing Youth a Second Chance
Tomas Graglia '19

Breakthrough Miami
Students Teaching Students
Marley Rywell '19 and Holly Steinberg '19

The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Using Stem Cells to Combat Traumatic Brain Injury
Emma Broad '19

Summer Hackers Camp
Teaching the Next Generation of Hackers and Makers
Anna Mistele '19

Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Targeting Drug Resistant Bacteria
Winston Lam '19

Moonlighter Fabrication Lab and Learning Center
Growing the Maker Movement
Diego Virtue '20 and Daniel Goldstein '20

Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Combating Multiple Sclerosis
Daniela Zaidenberg '19

University of Pennsylvania
Exploring Animation Production
Yuhan Liu '21

Florida International University
Neutralizing Viral Transmission of Mosquitos
Maya Rosen '21

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Assessing the Effects of Climate Change on Plant Species
Zachary Vuong '19

Dan Leslie Bowden Fellowship
Tutoring Syrian Refugees
Nathalie Han '19

Achieve Miami
Bridging the Achievement Gap through Summer Teaching
Nikki Jaggid '19

Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute
Using Macrophages for Tumor Suppression
Khushi Shah '19

Self-Started Small Business
My Self Start-Up in Automotive Detailing
Connor Sahs '20
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.