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 fifth-annual Ransom Everglades Internship Forum.
Students used posterboard 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 tutelate 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 FellowshipAmerican Coal: A Case StudySofia Andrade '19
Syntheon LabPrototyping and Building Medical Devices for DoctorsMichael Macrae '19
and Michael McBrayer '19
Lab Miami A Playground of Innovation Through Start-UpsLorenzo Prattico '19
Locust Art BuildersArt for Social JusticeKareena Rudra '20
Miami-Dade County: Teen CourtProviding Youth a Second ChanceTomas Graglia '19
Breakthrough MiamiStudents Teaching StudentsMarley Rywell '19
and Holly Steinberg '19
The Miami Project to Cure ParalysisUsing Stem Cells to Combat Traumatic Brain InjuryEmma Broad '19
Summer Hackers CampTeaching the Next Generation of Hackers and MakersAnna Mistele '19
Howard Hughes Medical InstituteTargeting Drug Resistant BacteriaWinston Lam '19
Moonlighter Fabrication Lab and Learning CenterGrowing the Maker MovementDiego Virtue '20
and Daniel Goldstein '20
Howard Hughes Medical InstituteCombating Multiple SclerosisDaniela Zaidenberg '19
University of PennsylvaniaExploring Animation ProductionYuhan Liu '21
Florida International UniversityNeutralizing Viral Transmission of MosquitosMaya Rosen '21
Fairchild Tropical Botanic GardenAssessing the Effects of Climate Change on Plant SpeciesZachary Vuong '19
Dan Leslie Bowden FellowshipTutoring Syrian RefugeesNathalie Han '19
Achieve MiamiBridging the Achievement Gap through Summer TeachingNikki Jaggid '19
Interdisciplinary Stem Cell InstituteUsing Macrophages for Tumor SuppressionKhushi Shah '19
Self-Started Small BusinessMy Self Start-Up in Automotive DetailingConnor Sahs '20