The 2016 Science Apprenticeship Program provided an exciting and challenging summer for 19 aspiring young scientists.
Each student worked in a laboratory of a Monell scientist and received a stipend while meeting the challenges of serious research project responsibilities. These projects examined different aspects of taste and smell, including differences in taste perception and the anatomy of olfaction response. Students presented their findings at a conference-style capstone event attended by scientists, staff, friends, and family. Interspersed throughout the program were recreational and social events to allow students to get to know each other and other Monell employees.
Read more about the 2016 MSAP program in our
Report to the Community.
A popular lecture series has been part of the program for the past few years. This year, scientists from local institutions were invited to talk about their careers in a variety of scientific fields. These presentations gave the students an opportunity to experience the professional presentation style of scientists at the Ph.D. level, while illustrating the diverse career paths available within the sciences.
At the end of the summer, students work with their mentors to develop high quality and technical posters detailing the hypotheses tested, as well as the methods and results obtained from their summer research projects. The students present their research findings to the scientists at the Monell Center and to their invited family and friends. This year, Nina was the recipient of the Annual Sense-ational Science Award for her project, entitled “Murine Exposure to Arachnid and Fungal Molecules Evokes an Epithelial Change.”