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Helios Scholars at TGen Trains Next Generation of Arizona Researchers

Posted on: June 19, 2015

The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) began its 9th annual Helios Scholars at TGen paid summer internship program this month, hosting 45 students in an effort to train Arizona’s next generation of biomedical researchers.

Helios interns work side-by-side for eight weeks with their TGen scientist-mentors, and are actively engaged in translational research projects in neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, infectious diseases such as Valley Fever, and many types of cancer.

“Students selected for this program from across Arizona are talented and creative minds, selected from more than 600 applicants for one of the state’s premier biomedical internships,” said Julie Euber, TGen's Education and Outreach Specialist and supervisor of Helios Scholars at TGen. “They arrive with a passion for science and medicine, and by participating in authentic research projects they shape the skills needed for a lifetime of discovery.”

Funded for 25 years through a $6.5 million award from Helios Education Foundation, Helios Scholars at TGen educates, trains, and inspires the next generation of researchers and physicians in Arizona. 

“Through Helios Scholars at TGen, students are gaining valuable, first-hand experience in a professional scientific laboratory that helps prepare them for success in college and career,” said Paul J. Luna, President and CEO, Helios Education Foundation.  “We are pleased to partner with TGEN and provide these students will a stellar summer internship program that will not only benefit them, but will improve people's lives through scientific and medical research.” 

The program is open to Arizona high school, undergraduate and graduate level students, including those in medical school. 

In addition to full-time, patient-focused research, Helios Scholars participate in professional development seminars, including science communication, public speaking, and basic business etiquette.

The program concludes July 24 with a daylong scientific symposium, including student poster and oral presentations. Helios Scholars compete at the symposium for awards recognizing project mastery and presentation skills and are celebrated for their achievements.

Past interns boast an array of impressive accomplishments, publishing scientific abstracts, scientific articles, and acceptance into medical and graduate schools. 

Program applications start in January each year for the following summer at www.tgen.org/intern.

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