For the past seven years, a unique internship program at the IU School of Medicine (IUSM) has given sophomore and junior undergraduate students at IUPUI the opportunity to work alongside research scientists, administrators, and faculty on a wide range of projects.
The Life-Health Sciences Internship Program, a part of the IUSM Graduate Division, celebrated another successful year on April 25 during a poster session in the VanNuys Medical Science Building Atrium.
“Coming into the program, I really didn’t know what to expect,” said Greg Rothchild, a sophomore pre-professional biology major at the Purdue School of Science at IUPUI who was one of 45 students in the program that presented their work at the seventh annual poster session. “But right off the bat, I become completely engrossed in my lab and assigned various tasks and responsibilities."
George Sandusky, D.V.M., M.D., senior research professor of pathology and laboratory science at the IU School of Medicine and a longtime faculty participant in the program, served as the mentor to Rothchild, whose work ethic and passion for medical research so impressed Sandusky that he chose to offer Rothchild a position in his lab for the rest for the next two years.
"This whole program has been an awesome experience," Rothchild added. "From the connections I have made to the real contributions in the lab, it's really solidified my passion for pursing medicine as a profession."
Throughout the poster session, LHSI students had the opportunity to see others’ work and to network with fellow students and faculty mentors. David Wilkes, M.D., executive associate dean for research affairs and August M. Watanabe Professor of Medical Research, served as the keynote speaker at the poster session. He encouraged students to build upon the relationships they built while a part of the program and issued a challenge to be innovative and to lead research and medicine into the future.