2022 YCCI Summer Exposures Intern
Fhasal Alam is a rising senior at Torrington High School in Torrington, Connecticut. An aspiring pre-med, he is interested in pursuing neuroscience as his major. Utilizing bioinformatics programs, he recently had his microbiology research on analyzing the genome of Yubaba, a bacteriophage, published. This virus has the potential to treat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). He has also been appointed captain for cross country and track, and he is the clarinet section leader for marching band. For the new school year, he will begin co-teaching AP Biology and shadowing a physician to further his academic interests.About my YCCI Internship My experience with YCCI was fantastic; I enjoyed every second of it! Being able to talk with a variety of world-renowned experts from different fields opened my mind up to the world of clinical and translational research. I will forever take away what I learned about diabetes biotechnology and psychiatric drug development as well as the silly puns and laughs I shared with the incredibly kind staff and my enthusiastic peers. For Students Considering YCCI Should you apply? Yes, yes, and yes. Even if you don't think you'll receive a spot at the YCCI Summer Exposures Program, still apply! One of my most favorite things about my experience at YCCI was the people. The staff at YCCI is unbelievably helpful and listen to all your questions or suggestions; the peers you will meet are ambitious yet extremely kind. For the summer program, I would highly recommend you take notes at the presentations—even today, I still find myself referring back to things a doctor or professor said at an earlier discussion!