Throughout the school year, 16 students from 14 Montgomery County high schools have rushed from school to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to don lab coats and pursue medical research. They are participating in the MCPS Student and Teacher Program, sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), with headquarters in Montgomery County. In addition, eight secondary and middle school teachers did internships in NIH labs as part of the same program last summer.
Through the program, the student interns take a summer course in laboratory principles, techniques and practices, then work side-by-side with NIH scientist-mentors throughout the school year. The paid teacher internship includes two weeks of training and six weeks of laboratory work.
Eighteen students and 10 teachers have been selected as interns for this coming summer and the 2000-2001 school year.
HHMI honors student and teacher participants at a research symposium and dinner each May.
The students who will present their research at the May 4 symposium are:
Coralyn Atwell-Albert Einstein High School
Desiree Bayonet-Northwest High School
Juan Fernandez-Montgomery Blair High School
Shruti Gandhi-Thomas S. Wootton High School
Andrea Hebert-Col. Zadok Magruder High School
Sara Henningsgaard-Damascus High School
Erica Kaye-Walter Johnson High School
Benjamin Koshy-Gaithersburg High School
Shailesh Nikki Kumar-Sherwood High School
Janet Lin-Thomas S. Wootton High School
Sylvia Ngwa-Damascus High School
Tejas Pathak-Watkins Mill High School
Sukhaynah Said-Rockville High School
Gustavo Suarez-Seneca Valley High School
Lillian Wang-Springbrook High School
Edom Yared-John F. Kennedy High School
Teachers who completed internships last summer are:
Jacqueline Bragg-Northwest High School
Jill Garrison-John F. Kennedy High School
Tamara Jennings-John F. Kennedy High School
Marie Gabrielle Paul-Wheaton High School
Deanna Schmidt-Francis S. Key Middle School
Melanie Hope Toth-Walt Whitman High School
Mei Wang-Walter Johnson High School
Robert E. Turner, James H. Blake High School
Since the program's inception in 1990, HHMI has provided more than $3 million in support of student and teacher internships.