NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Translational Genomics Research Institute yesterday said it will use a $6.5 million grant from an Arizona foundation to get a head start training the next generation of the state’s biomedical researchers by establishing internships for students.
The money, donated by the Helios Education Foundation, will be used to fund eight-week summer internships for 45 Arizona high school, undergraduate, and graduate students each year for 25 years. Interns in the Helios Scholars Program at TGen will be paired with a scientist/mentor and will work in research projects on disorders such as cancer, diabetes, autism, and Alzheimer’s disease.
TGen President Jeffrey Trent said the program offers “an unparalleled opportunity for Arizona and those students seeking hands-on training to augment their classroom experience.”
State Governor Janet Napolitano called the program “an incredible boost for Arizona’s future in the biosciences.”
Helios funded a program at TGen by supporting internships in the summer of 2007. The interest from qualified students that the program generated spurred the foundation to expand and extend the program.