The room was abuzz with the energy of inquisitive young minds as more than 70 students presented their summer projects at the Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Student Academy Poster Session.
|Student Yuri Choi discusses her research under mentor Beth Singer in the lab of Steven Smith. (Photo by p.cunningham)|
The event, held in Cooper Auditorium on Aug. 5, drew more than 300 attendees from throughout City of Hope’s campus.
Presenting students ranged from high-school age to college level and hailed from as far as Hunter College in New York, N.Y., and the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. The students shared work from summer-long research projects in a variety of disciplines.
“Education is an integral part of City of Hope’s mission,” said Rhonda Maranan, professional education programs coordinator. “We reach out to students from schools across the country to promote excellence at the earliest stages of their careers.”
This year’s academy included 42 college and 19 high school students. An additional 52 students also performed research as interns outside the auspices of the academy, according to Maranan.
City of Hope’s Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Student Academy was established in 1975 by Eugene Roberts, Ph.D., director emeritus of neurobiology.
The academy aims to give students practical experience for careers in research and health sciences. Alumni comprise prominent scientists in academia and industry, including City of Hope’s chief medical officer, Alexandra Levine, M.D.