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Niki Dixon, Student

This experience was impactful to me, because I got to work with people in the health field — not just teachers, but real professionals. I spent an average of 1.5 hours a week for 12 weeks on my project. From this experience, I learned how to compile a scientific study, Read More

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Randall Cornateanu, M.D.

I think with any student, especially with me in high school, the student-mentor relationship is about cultivating passion. For example, I remember I would always try to think of cures for HIV and bring them up to my mentor, who actually ran through the ideas with me and explained the flaws — and most importantly, did not brush them off. Read More

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Jessica Bushman, Student

This experience has been amazing. I have learned so much about what I am interested in through reading literature and studies related to my research, and also from experiencing “real-world” scenarios, such as meetings. I try to spend at least 30 minutes a day reviewing information, searching for relevant literature, Read More

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Nikhil Chakravarty, Student

Working with my mentor, Dr. Vaithi, has been an extremely rewarding experience. The opportunity to research the effects of noncoding RNA on the human body, the basis for our current project, has been amazing. This is some of the newest and most revolutionary science in the field of genetics right now! Read More

Parent

Subrata Chakravarty, Ph.D.

Our son is super excited and determined to make the best of the opportunity provided by mentor Dr. Vaithi Arumugaswami. Having mentored many high schoolers during my own graduate years and post-doc career, I completely relate to the desire to make a difference in students’ lives. This summer, Read More

Mentor

Zeynep Madak-Erdogan, Ph.D.

Working with my mentor in summer 2000 was a life-changing event for me. I was a sophomore when I heard about an excellent opportunity at UCLA to volunteer as a summer student in a lab working on the impact of secondary infections on HIV pathogenesis. Read More

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Mentor Vaithi Arumugaswami, Ph.D.

I am meeting with my mentee next week in person to go over the progress and provide a hands-on demo of RNA structure analysis. In between, I am having weekly email communications. The student is very proactive and enthusiastic. Read More

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