Starting Monday, high school students from the Triangle area will fill the labs at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy as part of its new Young Innovators Program.
During the summer, the student interns will participate in laboratory research projects, attend professional development panels, tour biotechs and clinics at UNC Hospitals and perform problem-solving activities. Each student will be assigned to a professor and work in his or her lab. They also receive a Pharm.D. student, or a graduate student in the pharmacy school, as a clinical mentor. At the end of the summer, they will give presentations outlining what they did and learned.
Adam Friedman, creator and director of Young Innovators Program, said discussion about the program first started last May during an institute administration team meeting. There was talk of creating possible internships for Pharm.D. students, undergraduates and high school students. Friedman, who has had past experience mentoring high school students in a lab and participated in a similar program at Duke University when he was in high school, volunteered to create the program. He said it has been nothing less than a group effort since the beginning.
Friedman said the program would especially not be possible without the generosity of the professors who will be hosting the interns in their labs at their own expenses.
“This really demonstrates the unparalleled excellence of the faculty at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, not just as top-tier researches but as dedicated educators,” Friedman said.