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Gicel Princess Nicole Verdeflor

2022 YCCI Summer Exposures Intern

Gicel Princess Nicole Verdeflor is a senior at the Academy of Research and Medical Sciences Magnet Program at South Cobb High School in Marietta, Georgia. Gicel is passionate about neuroscience and biomedical research. Gicel was elected president for her school’s Beta Club, where she has donated books to pediatric oncology patients and collaborates with a local non-profit to help the homeless through local events and fundraisers. Gicel has had her research on the gene expression changes of a malignant brain cancer, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, published and is the Distinguished Young Woman of Cobb County. Gicel hopes to major in neuroscience and plans to continue giving back to her community in her own fashion.

About my YCCI Internship

This internship was hands-down the best experience I have ever had. The bits and pieces of knowledge that I have gathered through the indispensable interactions with the Yale School of Medicine’s team has opened my eyes about clinical research and the health inequities in the United States. Being able to meet and learn from individuals who are at the forefront of their industry as well as the other interns has heightened my desire to pursue my passions. If I had to give one piece of advice that I have learned from the YCCI Internship, it would be to push yourself to take challenges, although uncomfortable, they can expose you to opportunities and worlds that you weren’t aware of.

For Students Considering YCCI

This experience is one of a kind and gives you the opportunity to connect with people who are professionals in their field and fellow interns who have the same drive and want to succeed as you do! I wasn’t really expecting much when I applied, but look where I am now! Apply to YCCI, don’t let this opportunity pass you by!