The Biosciences Area partnered once again with Biotech Partners to provide paid summer internships to high school students. This year six high school students worked side by side with Biosciences researchers across the Area’s laboratories. The mission of the non-profit Biotech Partners is to educate underserved youth in the Bay Area with personal, academic and professional development experiences that increase participation in higher education and access to fulfilling science careers.
This past Saturday, August 15, 55 Biotech Partners interns presented their posters at ‘BRAVO!’, the Biotech Partners end of summer celebration and poster competition. Three Biosciences interns made it to the finalists round of the poster competition. Yoko Takashima from the Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology (EGSB) Division won “Most Educational Poster”, Olivia Olds from the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit (ABPDU) received an honorable mention for “Best Oral Presentation” and Madeleine ‘Maddie’ Wong from Biological Systems and Engineering (BSE) Division received an honorable mention for “Best Overall”.
EGSB’s Markus de Raad and Valentine Trotter, Joint BioEnergy Institutes’s Irina Silva and Joint Genome Institute’s Bryan Siepert and Kathleen Lail served as judges at the poster competition.
Congratulations to all BP students who interned at the Biosciences Area:
Biological System & Engineering Division
- Madeleine ‘Maddie’ Wong (honorable mention), Mentors: Susan Celniker and Bill Fisher
- Max Rodman, mentor: Chyi-Shin Chen (ABPDU)
- Olivia Olds (honorable mention), mentor: Qian He (ABPDU)
Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology Division
- Yoko Takashima (winner), mentors: Ben Brown and Kenneth Wan
- Aaron Casey, mentor: Kathleen Lail
- Sebastian Vargas, mentors: Diane Bauer, Megan Kennedy and Jen Johnson