Minority High School Students Learn First Hand About Biomedical Research

“Nine students from New Haven area high schools participated this summer in a Minority High School Biomedical Research Program at the School of Medicine. They were among 200 minority students enrolled in a nationwide program sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, which provides an opportunity to learn about biomedical research ... as apprentices in universities, health professional schools, hospitals and other research centers.

“The nine New Haven area students, who were selected from 50 applicants, worked as research apprentices to faculty in the Departments of Pharmacology, Diagnostic Radiology, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Human Genetics, Epidemiology and Public Health, and in the Child Study Center. Yvedt Matory, a fourth-year medical student, was coordinator of the program at Yale. At the end of the summer, Ms. Matory and the students submitted written reports summarizing their experiences in the program to the NIH. ...

“This was the first year for the NIH Program, which funded 200 students at a cost of $400,000. Forty-five institutions in 21 states participated.”