Marshfield Clinic Research Institute is pleased to conclude another session of its Summer Research Internship Program with a research symposium designed to provide the students with an opportunity to present findings from their summer research projects.

Directed by Huong McLean, Ph.D., the summer internship provides a research experience tailored to each student’s skill level and is related to ongoing research at Marshfield Clinic Health System. The program enables students to put their education into practice as they work side-by-side with scientists and clinician-researchers who are experts in their fields.

“We are deeply thankful for our invaluable mentors who find time during the often busy summer months to advise the students. Their engagement allows the Research Institute to create an awesome opportunity for these young professionals who will go on to do some amazing things in their lives,” said Amit Acharya, B.D.S., Ph.D., Research Institute Executive Director. “Our mentors are truly fulfilling the Health System mission, vision and values to enrich lives and foster excellence in the future of health care research.”

The internship program is supported entirely through philanthropy. Thanks to the generosity of many community partners, Health System employees, foundations, businesses and a major sponsorship by The Boldt Company, the program had the financial resources to host 11 students this year.

“We are incredibly grateful for the organizations and individuals who continue to support the Summer Research Internship Program,” said Karen Piel, gift planning officer, MCHS Foundation. “The cost of providing this investment for the future of medicine is upwards of $10,000 per intern we host. Thanks to our amazing supporters, these costs are covered and this program is able to continue to provide a unique learning experience for the program participants, as well as to advance the research being conducted at Marshfield Clinic Research Institute.”

Each fall, the Summer Research Internship Program receives applications from graduate and undergraduate students across the nation aspiring to pursue a career involving research. This year’s cohort of 11 students came to the Research Institute from both inside and out of the region and included Wisconsin, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois and Oklahoma.        

The abstracts for each research project can be read online and a recording of the symposium will be available after the event.