We have successfully completed our 8th annual FIU Summer Research Internship Program! Congratulations to our 30 high school participants from TERRA Environmental Research Institute & M.A.S.T. Medical @ Homestead and 1 Miami Dade College participant, who all gave outstanding presentations of their research at the Mini-Symposium on Friday, August 11th, 2017.
We would like to take this opportunity to recognize our top three presenters and their mentors:
1st Place Oral Presentation:
Jack Polk (MAST)
Mentor: Dr. Deng Pan
Department: Computing and Information Sciences; College of Engineering and Computing
Title: Optimal Service Deployment for Network Function Virtualization
2nd Place Oral Presentation:
Desiree Pico (TERRA)
Mentor: Dr. Jeremy W. Chambers
Department: Environmental and Occupational Health; Robert Stempel College of Public Health
Title: Mitofusin 2 expression in the ventral midbrain of mice with mitochondrial dysfunction
3rd Place Oral Presentation:
Fernando Yzquierdo (TERRA)
Mentor: Dr. Robert Lickliter
Department: Psychology; College of Arts, Sciences and Education
Title: Conspecific Recognition in Neonatal Bobwhite Quail Chicks (Colinus Virginianus)
These 3 interns will be invited back to FIU to present their research at the MARC U*STAR & NIGMS RISE Mini-symposium in October, and the 1st place presenter will be invited to FIU”s Biomedical & Comparative Immunology Symposium in March.
We would like to thank all the mentors who opened their labs to the interns and provided them with guidance and support throughout this summer. From the College of Arts and Sciences: Dr. M. Alejandro Barbieri, Dr. Laura Serbus, Dr. DeEtta Mills, and Dr. Sian Evans (Biological Sciences), Dr. Francisco Fernandez-Lima, Dr. Yuan Liu, Dr. Kevin O’Shea, and Dr. Jaroslava Miksovska (Chemistry & Biochemistry), Dr. Nadja Schreiber-Compo, Dr. Lorraine Bahrick, and Dr. Robert Lickliter (Psychology), Dr. Jennifer Rehage (Earth & Environment). From the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine: Dr. Kalai Mathee (Human and Molecular Genetics). From the College of Engineering and Computing: Dr. Ranu Jung, Dr. Sharan Ramaswamy, Dr. Joshua Hutcheson and Dr. Anthony McGoron (Biomedical Engineering), Dr. Deng Pan (Computing and Information Sciences) and Dr. Seung Jae Lee (Civil and Environmental Engineering. From the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work: Dr. Jeremy Chambers (Environmental and Occupational Health) and Dr. Benjamin C. Amick III (Health Policy and Management).
Lastly, we would like to thank all the FIU Departments, Programs, Faculty, Staff and Community Sponsors who supported the SRI this summer, especially The American Heart Association, who served as our primary sponsor.