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2014 Summer High School Research Internship Program
2013 Summer High School Research Internship Program
Dr. Juan Robles' Story
Pictures of the 2012 Summer High School Research Internship Program

In addition, the October 2013 issue of Rutgers' Inside NJMS magazine (Vol. 8, No. 10) features two articles on PHRI's Newark Public High School Projects.

The first article (follow this link) provides an overview on the Sports Leadership Camp organized by Jim Morris.

The second article (follow this link) brings attention to the 2013 Summer High School Research Internship Program.

2014 Summer High School Research Internship Program

The Summer High School Research Internship Program serves minority students who attend Newark schools or live in the City of Newark, and their teachers. The Program nurtures through intense hands-on laboratory research experience an acute interest in science. Mr. Yaakov Saturen directs the program, working with Newark teachers, principals, and others to recruit highly motivated, talented, under-represented minority students into the program each year.

The students begin with a two-week workshop that introduces them to the vocabulary of molecular biology and medicine, as well as to basic laboratory skills, tools and techniques. They meet PHRI-NJMS Principal Investigators, who give a series of lectures. They are then assigned to a Principal Investigator’s laboratory, paired with a mentor, and spend six weeks working in a state-of-the-art research laboratory on his or her own research project. Over the course of the summer, they meet weekly to discuss their projects and each student writes a short research paper on his or her project. They also attend field trips to sites where they can see how medical and other research is being applied for the benefit of society. Finally, they explore educational and career options in science, and develop analytical and critical thinking skills that can be used throughout their lives.

The following student interns participated in the 2014 PHRI Summer High School Research Intern Program and are seen in the photo below:


Front: Jannie Delos Reyes (T.A.), Corally Valembrun, Maisha Manzoor, Chloe Segui, Faith Ogbennaya, Camila Morocho, William Rebolledo
Back: Mr. Saturen (Program Director), Edith White, Abigail Amponsah, Katherine Mendoza, Ramani Dayon, Chinedum Nwaigwe

They are students at Science Park HS, University HS and St Vincent Academy, all in Newark, NJ.

For more information call or write:

Mr. Yaakov Saturen
Director, High School Research Internship Program
Public Health Research Institute Center
New Jersey Medical School - Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
225 Warren Street
Newark NJ 07103
Email: satureya@unjms.rutgers.edu
Tel. (973) 854-3100
Fax. (973) 854-3101

2013 Summer High School Research Internship Program

The following student interns participated in the 2013 PHRI Summer High School Research Intern Program:


Front, Left to right: Laura Rivera, Janell Good, Wallis Muraca, Victoria Ribeiro, Sophia Ribeiro, Jannie Delos Reyes (TA), Ranelle Tulloch, Ramani Dayon Rear, Left to right: Mr. Saturen, Robert Smith, Demetrius Beckham, Wesley Colon, Chinedum Nwaigwe, Mike Salas, Chioma Onwunaka

Five high schools were represented: Arts High School, Science Park High School, University High School, West Side High School and St. Vincent Academy.

The PHRI Summer 2013 High School Internship Program was generously supported by the Prudential Foundation, Victoria Foundation, ACS-Project SEED, PHRI-NJMS, the National Summer Learning Association, and Private Individual Donors.

On one of their field trips, the students visited Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories on Long Island, NY, where they met with James Watson, who together with Francis Crick "discovered" the structure of DNA.

Students PHRI Summer 2013 Interns, Demetrius, Janell, Ranelle, James Watson, Chinedum, Sophia, Ramani and Victoria outside the Blackford Dining Hall at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Students Jenell Good and James Watson outside
the Blackford Dining Hall at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

On August 27, 2013, a convocation was held at PHRI Center where the students presented their projects and received their participating certificats.


On September 23, 2013, the PHRI Summer 2013 Interns presented their poster projects at the North Jersey Branch of the American Chemical Society's annual ACS Project SEED poster competition held at Seton Hall University, in South Orange, NJ. Twelve of the 13 summer 2013 interns exhibited their posters, each of which was evaluated by at least 3 judges. There were a total of 107 posters judged, and the PHRI summer interns did very well, as they usually do in these symposia. They obtained 8 first place ribbons, Wesley Colon, Ramani Dayon, Demetrius Beckham, Wallis Muraca, Chinedum Nwaigwe, Sofia Ribeiro, Victoria Ribeiro and Mike Salas; 2 second place ribbons, Chioma Onwunaka and Jenell Good, and 2 third place ribbons, Laura Rivera and Ranelle Tulloch.

Students In addition to the ACS Project SEED poster competition, Chinedum and Janell presented posters on their summer projects at the 5th annual symposium of the Garden State-Louis Stokes Association for Minority Participation (GS-LSAMP). This event, held on Friday, October 11, at the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus, showcased the research experiences of the approximately 2500 LSAMP scholars in New Jersey. The program is for minority university students to expose and prepare them for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (PHRI is part of this program and 3 LSAMP scholars worked in PHRI labs this past summer). Approximately 70 posters were presented by the LSAMP students and by Chinedum and Janell. The posters were of generally high quality, and out of the 70, 10 were picked for their excellence. One of the 10 posters chosen was Chinedum's.

Dr. Juan Robles' Story

Dr. Juan Robles is featured in a video narrated by the actor Al Pacino.

To view the video, click here.

StudentsPHRI has a special relationship with Juan. He was a participant in the PHRI Summer High School Research Trainee Program (PHRI-SHSRTP) and as an undergraduate at Cornell University, he spent several years as teaching assistant in this program. After completing his BA degree, he worked for several years as a research associate in the laboratory of Dr. David Perlin, the director of PHRI. Juan obtained his masters degree from NYU and then taught high school in the Bronx before being admitted as a medical student to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. He now practices medicine in the Bronx, New York City. Juan Robles' success story is a prime example of what a determined, capable student can do with the assistance of programs like the PHRI-SHSRTP, which help shaped his future. We are very proud of Juan and the other graduates of the program.

In 2004, PHRI distributed a newsletter with an article about Juan. A script of the article can be downloaded as PDF copy.

Issar Smith, Ph.D
Associate Director for Programs and Development

The 2012 Internship Program in Pictures

Teaching Assistant, Omaru Washington, explains a project to the class members

Dominique Bynum-Cooper is dispensing solutions

Oluwadamilola Oke and other students working with the microscope

Students on a field trip at Rutgers University Animal Research Institute

Afia Obeng, Deseree Anderson and Mufasa Johnson together with Mr. Saturen at the PHRI student symposium

Shante Larry presenting her poster at the PHRI student symposium in October 2012

Saleena Ghanny from the Center of Applied Genomics discussing her work to the students

Tongbao Liu discussing an experiment with Stephanie Njeru (student)

Afia Obeng is explaining her poster at the PHRI student symposium

Ysamerlyn Gonzalez is preparing a gel

Stephanie Njeru is explaining her results to the other students

Starting from the left, Mufasa Johnson, Deseree Anderson and
Oluwadamilola Oke are showing their awards at the Project Seed
poster session held at the Seton Hall University

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