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Poster Session Concludes Summer Program

September 2005

left to right, Karla Hernandez-Cruz, and Retha Newbold
Karla Hernandez-Cruz, left, with her mentor and sponsor, Retha Newbold, discuss Hernandez-Cruz' poster. The student, who is from Puerto Rico, just completed her second summer of research in Newbold's lab. (Photo by Steve McCaw)

Most of the 67 participants in the 2005 Summers of Discovery program displayed research posters for NIEHS staff on July 27. The majority of the participants in the poster session and the Summers of Discovery Program are undergrad and graduate students, but there were six college faculty members, a middle-school teacher and six high-school students.

The program, which started in 1989 by Mike Hogan, underwent major changes after Hogan retired. Charle League took over coordination of the

program, and the number of slots dropped from 120-125 to about 65. The idea, League said, was to provide a better mentoring experience by lowering the quantity and increasing the quality. The scope of the program, which previously spanned into administrative support areas, was also reduced to focus solely on lab research.

The annual program includes weekly seminars by NIEHS researchers, who talk about their work, networking luncheons and computer skill seminars. This year, League brought in another speaker to tutor the group on poster presentation, answering questions about their posters, and appropriate dress for poster presentation.

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