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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University August 20, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 42
High School Brain-iacs

Ben Carson, head of Pediatric Neurosurgery, visits with the six students participating in this summer's Internship in Brain Science: Vivian Ukegbu, Jacob Ennals, Deandria Spencer, Lena Harris, Khristian Rhodes and Khadeijah Palmer-Rhodes.
Photo Courtesy of Dana Boatman

By Greg Rienzi
The Gazette

The cliché goes "It's not brain science." Well, it certainly was for six Baltimore City high school students who participated in an intensive program at the School of Medicine this summer.

Now in its second year, the Johns Hopkins Internship in Brain Science draws on Baltimore City minority high school students and seeks to generate interest in science and medicine. The interns, who work 30 hours a week, rotate through a number of School of Medicine clinics and labs, including observing a neurosurgery, and are paired with a faculty mentor in the departments of Neurology, Neuroscience, Neurosurgery or Psychiatry to do a research project.

In the spring, the organizers solicited area schools to nominate students for the competitive program. Six students from five schools were chosen from among a group of more than 30 nominated. To complete the three-month effort, the students, who are paid a stipend, must give an oral and slide show presentation on his or her internship experience and submit a final report.

The program was founded by Justin McArthur, interim chair of the Department of Neurology, and Dana Boatman, professor of neurology and otolaryngology and vice chair for research and development. The students' mentors were Amanda Brown, Doug Kerr, Nicholas Maragakis, Russell Margolis, Richard O'Brien and Charlotte Sumner.


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