2013 August

WHK Interns Sweep Entire Category at Frederick County Science Fair

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Werner H. Kirsten student interns display winning posters. Seated: Madelyne Xiao; standing, from left, Dahlia Kronfli, Maria Hamscher, and Ashley Babyak. Not pictured: Maham Ahmed, Hanna Perez, and Sam Pritt.

By Nancy Parrish, Staff Writer

The competitors in the cellular and molecular biology category of the Frederick County Science and Engineering Fair on March 22–23 didn’t stand a chance against the Werner H. Kirsten student interns at the National Cancer Institute at Frederick.

These interns swept the entire category, with Madelyne Xiao, a rising intern, winning first place; Maria Hamscher, second place; Ashley Babyak and Dahlia Kronfli tying for third place; and Maham Ahmed receiving an honorable mention.

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WHK Student Internship Enrollment, Mentor Participation Up More than 50 Percent

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With 66 students, the 2013–2014 incoming class of Werner H. Kirsten student interns is the largest ever.

By Nancy Parrish, Staff Writer

The Werner H. Kirsten Student Internship Program (WHK SIP) has enrolled the largest class ever for the 2013–2014 academic year, with 66 students and 50 mentors. This enrollment reflects a 53 percent increase in students and a 56 percent increase in mentors, compared to 2012–2013 (43 students and 32 mentors), according to Julie Hartman, WHK SIP director.

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Science Skills Boot Camp Gets Interns Ready for Research

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Vijay Walia, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow at NCI at Frederick, presented sessions on reading a scientific paper and developing a good research question.

By Ashley DeVine, Staff Writer

Summer interns learned how to read a scientific paper, present a poster, maintain a laboratory notebook, and much more, at the Science Skills Boot Camp in June.

“It was a great experience, and it was a great opportunity to meet some of the other interns also working on the campus,” said Alyssa Klein, a Werner H. Kirsten student intern in the Cellular Immunology Group, Laboratory of Molecular Immunoregulation. “The boot camp covered many topics essential to being a good scientist and science researcher.”

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Spring Research Festival Sponsored by NICBR for First Time

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Left to right: Maryland State Senator Ron Young; Col. Bernard L. DeKoning, then commander, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID); and Craig W. Reynolds, Ph.D., director, Office of Scientific Operations, National Cancer Institute at Frederick.

By Melissa Porter, Staff Writer

For the past 16 years, the annual Spring Research Festival has been sponsored by NCI at Frederick and Fort Detrick to acquaint fellow researchers, students, and the community at large with the important discoveries being made at this facility to fight cancer, AIDS, and other infectious diseases.

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