May 30, 1995
Media Contact: John Cramer
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More minority undergraduate students will get a jump on research careers in the biomedical sciences with the expansion of a summer internship program at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Under the Minority Summer Internship Program, 14 young men and women will work, study and undertake research projects in faculty members' laboratories in areas such as cellular and molecular medicine, biomedical engineering, neurology, genetics and immunology. The 10-week program, which began May 29, aims to expand the pool of qualified minority applicants to graduate programs.

"By providing a chance to work in a laboratory, we hope to encourage more students to consider biomedical research as a career," says Roger Reeves, Ph.D., program director and associate professor of physiology.

The program has existed on an informal basis for several years but has expanded this year with financial support from the School of Medicine. The program also receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Leadership Alliance. Several interns are supported directly on research grants from the National Institutes of Health.

"The internships are similar to graduate student rotations and will give the interns a good sense of a research lab's environment," says James E. K. Hildreth, Ph.D., M.D., associate dean for graduate student affairs.

The program has been expanded by raising enrollment from five to 14 students, adding a housing option to attract students nationally and guaranteeing a stipend to attract early decisions from the best students. Plans include increasing enrollment to 25 slots over the next few years and adding activities such as invited lectures.

This summer's interns come from 10 states and represent nine colleges and universities across the nation, including Morgan State University.

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