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Financial Aid Information

Each year, colleges and universities spend approximately 3 million hours verifying FAFSA information, including income and tax return data; about two million Pell Grant-eligible students do not fill out the FAFSA; financial hardships keep millions from applying. The U.S. Education Department is taking further steps to help stop this. Colleges can now verify tax return info when students apply electronically, using data retrieved from the IRS, and financial aid application can be submitted starting October rather than January. Please check the link below for details.

Department of Education Internships

If you are a high school student interested in public service or pursuing a federal career, The US Department of Education (ED) offers unpaid internships for students interested in government and federal education policy and administration. Volunteers have the opportunity to make meaningful contributions and gain invaluable experience. ED offers internships in the fall, winter/spring, and summer for eight to ten weeks. Please see the link for more information:

Introducing Dr. Betsy Foxman

Dr. Betsy Foxman is a Professor of Epidemiology, and she is the Director of the Center for Molecular and Clinical Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases at the University of Michigan. Although Dr. Foxman is very busy with her own research on the molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases, antibiotic resistance and translation of epidemiologic information to policy, she was kind enough to meet with the MiOra mentee, high school senior, Niki D. from Washington and give her career guidance. Thank you Dr. Foxman for giving Niki scientific feedback on her hand flora study and mentoring her.

Online Doctor Rating Websites

Doctors be aware: According to a recent survey-based study from University of Michigan, online doctor rating websites are gaining popularity among parents in the USA. Last year, nearly one in three parents looked at an online doctor rating for themselves or for another family member. There is concern, however, over the accuracy and authenticity of these ratings. 71% of parents 30 year and older, and 59% of parents younger than 30 years, reported concern. Only 11% of the study respondents rated doctors. Source:

Introducing Dr. Yonca Bulut

Dr. Yonca Bulut is not only an attending physician in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Professor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at UCLA but also a MiOra mentor. She credits her success as a physician and researcher to perseverance. Her own mentor, Dr. Hirschman at John’s Hopkins Hospital has always encouraged Dr Bulut to strive for the highest goals. Similarly, Dr. Bulut wants her own mentee Jessica B, a 10th grader at The Buckley School in California, to persist in asking scientific questions while having fun. We appreciate the heart that Dr. Bulut puts into her work and will continue to follow her story.

Growth Is A Continuous Journey

At MiOra, we believe that learning and growing is a continuous journey.

Introducing Dr. Margie Morgan

Dr. Margie Morgan is the Scientific Director of the Microbiology Division and an Associate Professor of Pathology at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, California for the last 30 years. In addition to her research on blood pathogen detection methods, antimicrobial stewardship algorithms, and Clostridium difficile surveillance, Dr. Morgan makes time for students. MiOra mentee Niki Dixon is one of those students who conducted her microbiological experiments with Dr Morgan’s help. Niki’s data will be presented at the SHEA congress. Thank you Dr. Morgan.

Who was it for you?

Who was that person to you (no name) and how did he/she change your life?

3 Types of People To Surround Yourself With

It is the role of the inspired to come up with ideas, the excited to convert these ideas into action, and the role of the grateful to support that action. It is our role, in MiOra Connection, to bring them all together.

Dr. Morgan and Niki D. – Foam Soap vs. Liquid Soap

Dr. Margie Morgan, PhD, is the Scientific Director of the Microbiology laboratory at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in California. Under Dr. Morgan’s guidance, Niki Dixon, a MiOra mentee, conducted a study comparing the effectiveness of foam soap with liquid soap. The results of this study have recently been accepted to the SHEA conference for a poster presentation. Thank you, Dr. Morgan!

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