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Tuesday, November 1, 2011
MGH Summer Alumni Program
Every year for the past two decades Massachusetts General Hospital has inspired hundreds of Boston youth who are interested in health and science careers with activities and employment opportunities. MGH is committed to expanding the horizons of these young people as a health improvement strategy as well as a workforce development strategy. We know that educational attainment is highly correlated with economic status the largest predictor of health status.
MGH Center for Community Health Improvement provides 420 youth (grades 3 through college) with academic, life, and career skills that expand and enhance their educational and career options through activities related to science, technology, engineering and math. These activities enable exploration and skill development through experiences and relationships related to health and science subjects and careers. The Center also engages families across all programs.
Meet Breeze Victor of Boston, a graduate of the John D. O’Bryant School of Math and Science who now attends Bucknell University. Breeze participated in MGH Youth Scholar Alumni Summer Program. Students applied for this new program that provided alumni/graduates of the MGH High School Program and Posse Scholars, like Breeze, with employment and networking opportunities as part of their continued learning and professional development. Breeze is pursuing an undergraduate degree in biology.
What was your MGH internship this summer?
My internship for this summer was a research assistant for the Center for Regenerative Medicine.
How did this experience differ from your high school program internship?
The experience in this internship advanced my laboratory skills and knowledge on microfluidic devices.
Why are you studying biology?
I am currently studying this field because I am inquisitive about cells and also have a strong interest in the physiology of biological systems.
What were some of the important lessons you will take back to your studies this fall?
The important lessons I will take back to my studies this fall are organization, networking and the ways of productive research.
What advice would you give to students in the MGH Youth Scholars Program as they consider a health or science course of study in college?
The advice I would give to students is work hard, have desire, demonstrate leadership, and network.
What is your favorite part of the internship/and or /Alumni Program and why?
My favorite part of the internship was performing an independent research. I enjoyed this part of the internship the most because I had an opportunity to process and assess information that I obtained. In addition, I was able to experiment and report my analysis to my supervisor. Performing an independent research improved my skillfulness and comprehension.
My favorite parts about the Alumni Program were the speakers. I enjoyed the speakers, because I always learned new information, explored different options that I could take in life, and now have a better understanding of the goals I need to accomplish.
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