RUSH UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER
This is an eight week Minority High School Student Internship with the Department of Biochemistry research faculty working on arthritis research. This began with the 1) basic quantitative skills, 2) OSHA required training in laboratory safety, 3) tissue culture techniques, and 4) protein analysis and chromatography. In addition, all students meet together to initiate camaraderie, and facilitate initial interactions with Rush Biochemistry Faculty. Seven weeks are spent in the laboratory of a faculty member of the Department of Biochemistry working on an on-going project. During the last week of the program the students are given directions and guidance in writing up their independent work as an abstract and preparing a 15 minute multimedia presentation. Presentations were given during the last day of the program. They are supervised by the faculty, research technicians, post-doctoral fellows and PhD graduate students. This program is designed to promote greater diversity in the scientists who study arthritis and musculoskeletal disorders. We seek to influence young minority high school students in the Chicago land area to pursue a career in science.