Fortenberry was the recipient of the sole Educational Outreach Internship offered this summer across the state of Alabama. The BioTrain internship program offers students the opportunity to connect classwork with real‐world job experience and to gain skills and knowledge that will prepare them for careers in biotechnology. Interns work in HudsonAlpha’s nonprofit research labs, in the labs of its for-profit resident associate companies as well as education, communications and computational services.
Fortenberry worked specifically as a support staff team member with HudsonAlpha Educational Outreach, aiding in the running of workshops for middle school campers, elementary school outreach at local libraries and teacher training. In all, she interacted with 288 students, observed 8 educational mentors and learned 87 molecular biology lessons and labs.
BioTrain participants range from high school to graduate students and represent some of the brightest young minds from Alabama. For the culmination of the internship program, students create posters that explain the work they accomplished during their eight-week internship at the Institute.
More than 200 high school and college graduates apply for the sought after program each year, but less than 15 percent are chosen. “These internships are highly competitive,” states Athens State Assistant Professor of Biology Sara Cline. “The department is very proud to have had Lorianna participate.”
Applications for BioTrain 2015 are accepted beginning January 15. For more information on the program, visit http://hudsonalpha.org/education/students/biotrain-summer-internship. Students interested in applying to internships are welcome to attend a Career Development Center session for Dr. Cline’s BI 302 Genetics class, which will spend a lab period developing resumes and personal statements. Contact her for more information.
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