Two NOVA Loudoun students, Sareh Ghalambor Dezfouli and Grey Madison, have been chosen for the highly competitive National Institutes of Health (NIH) Community College Summer Enrichment Program (CCSEP). This summer program provides a paid internship opportunity that allows students to be immersed in full-time research for 10 weeks over the summer.
Dr. Diane Mucci, head of the Loudoun Biotechnology Program, serves as advisor to the students. She encouraged her students to apply for summer internships through the CCSEP.
“Helping my students achieve their academic and career goals is the most rewarding part of my teaching. I’m so proud of my students and their achievements,” Mucci said.
The CCSEP goals are to increase the number of community college students who participate in their summer internship program, to increase the numbers of students who transfer from the community college to four-year colleges and to increase interest in and consideration of careers in the biomedical sciences. In addition to performing full-time laboratory research, interns participate in workshops and courses focused on the development of academic and professional skills, helping prepare the students for careers in the biomedical sciences.