During the summer of 2015, DCEG welcomed 34 students through the Summer Interns program. These students, whose academic levels ranged from high school through post-graduate and medical school, were selected out of a pool of 325 applicants.
The culmination of the summer experience was the Division’s 17th annual Summer Interns Recognition and Poster Event. The event celebrated the interns’ accomplishments and gave them an opportunity to discuss their research projects with DCEG scientists during the poster session.
The program began with a welcome from Stephen J. Chanock, M.D., Director, DCEG, who thanked the students and mentors for their hard work. He emphasized the importance of a summer research experience, noting that many DCEG investigators originally came as summer students. Emily Vogtmann, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the Nutritional Epidemiology Branch (NEB), and one of this summer’s mentors, gave a light-hearted and engaging presentation on her career path, which has taken her around the globe from Finland, to Mexico, to China, and back to the U.S., leading her to pursue her interest in the human microbiome and cancer risk in DCEG.