‘Aspiring Scientists’ Present Their Work as Program Concludes Another Successful Year
Members of George Mason University’s Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program (ASSIP) invite you to join them for a poster session and luncheon at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on Mason’s Prince William Campus on Monday, August 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Now concluding its fifth year, ASSIP provides the opportunity for high school juniors, seniors and college undergraduates interested in exploring science and medicine to gain hands-on research experience. This summer, the 48 local high school and undergraduate students put in eight 40-hour weeks at Mason’s Prince William and Fairfax Campuses as they worked alongside their dedicated faculty mentors—33 in all—from disciplines such as chemistry, biochemistry, proteomics, genomics, neuroscience, biodefense, bioinformatics, computer science, nanotechnology, physics and environmental science.
Through regularly scheduled meetings with their mentors, as well as program-wide lab safety training, career workshops and guest speaker seminars, students receive exposure to levels of science that many aspiring researchers will not see until they enter the workforce. Investigations this summer include global challenges such as cancer, HIV, tuberculosis, biothreat agents and Alzheimer’s disease. Learn more about the program here.
The poster session will highlight the students’ work with their faculty mentors. Featured speakers include Alan Merten, president of George Mason University; Dr. Lance Liotta, co-director, Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine at Mason; and Annalise Schoonmaker, a three-time participant in the Aspiring Scientists program.
When: Monday, August 15, 2011
Poster Session: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Awards Ceremony and Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Hylton Performing Arts Center
10960 George Mason Circle
Manassas, VA 20110
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