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LSU: Public Health Interns Take First Place

The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) School of Public Health Summer Research Internship Program cultivates the interests of high school and undergraduate students who want to pursue careers in public health, and basic and clinical sciences. During the two months, they learn research topics and techniques, conduct research with their mentors and attend weekly professional development seminars. The internship program concludes with the annual Poster Day at which all students present their research results. Two of the five interns assigned to the School of Public Health took home first place awards.

First Place, High School Category: “Neighborhood Concentrated and Smoking among Young Adults in Greater New Orleans” by: Ms. Shaeera Rahman, Rising Senior, Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy, Kenner, Louisiana.  Mentor: Dr. Denise Danos, assistant professor, LSUHSC SPH

First Place, Undergraduate Category: “Differences in Patient-provider Communication between Smokers and Nonsmokers” by: Mr. Brian Washington, Rising Junior, University of New Orleans.  Mentor: Mr. Michael Celestin, MA, instructor, LSUHSC SPH

The 42 interns were matched with mentors at one of the six schools at LSUHSC for the eight-week summer program.  Mentors for the other interns included Drs. Donna Williams, Dean Smith, Tung-sung Tseng and Hui-Yi Lin.  In past years, many students and their mentors have had their research presented at local, regional and national professional conferences, and published in medical or scientific journals.  Ms. Martha Cuccia, instructor at the LSUHSC School of Public Health, serves as assistant director of the Summer Research Internship Program.  The program receives funding from NIAAA, Entergy, and Louisiana Cancer Research Center.

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