Friday, April 6, 2012

Biochemistry major selected for Chester Summer Scholars Program

Daiva Gerbec, junior Biochemistry major, has been selected as one of 15 undergraduate students to participate in the Edward M. Chester, MD Summer Scholars Program at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, OH. Student in this program spend ten weeks over the summer in clinical laboratory research settings.

Established in 1981, the Chester Summer Scholars Program is an opportunity for pre-medicine and scientifically-oriented students to explore the potential for a career in medical research or academic medicine. This innovative program has become nationally recognized with students from more than 40 colleges and universities across the United States having participated.
Scholars are assigned to a MetroHealth medical staff researcher who has developed the project on which the scholar will work and who will supervise the progress of the scholar's learning experience.

Scholars spend the better part of each weekday participating directly in the research project activity. There are also opportunities for observation of surgery, hospital rounds, and other experiences at MetroHealth that are an integral part of the program. At the end of the ten-week experience, the scholars are required to prepare a project report for presentation.

Gerbec, a member of the AU Women’s Basketball team, plans to attend medical school following graduation from AU.

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