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Hepatitis B Foundationís Summer Research Program Graduates Budding Scientists

Doylestown, PA (August 2013) - The Hepatitis B Foundation (HBF) sponsored 18 students in their innovative educational summer programs geared towards training the scientists of tomorrow: the High School Science Enrichment program and College Summer Research Internships. Both are comprehensive programs that expose participants to the real world of science and biotechnology entrepreneurship. The HBF provides high school and college students a unique experience in professional research labs to prepare them for potential careers in the fast-growing areas of biomedical research, biotechnology, and public health.

The College Summer Research Internship Program provides junior and senior year college students a competitive 10-week summer internship program. The selected students worked on individual projects mentored by professional scientists from the HBF and its research institute. The students formally presented their findings at the conclusion of the program to the Foundation, community members, and research faculty members. Funding for the college internship program was provided by the Hepatitis B Foundation and its research institute, as well as donations from ALS Biopharma, LLC; Callidus Biopharma; Immunotope; Merck & Company;  Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center; and Synergy Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

The High School Science Enrichment Program is a two-week course that offers students hands-on research, as well as the opportunity to learn about public health research, benefit from guest lectures, and attend scientific seminars. This program is funded as an EIO (Educational Improvement Organization) in the PA Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, which Fulton Bank participates in and generously designated HBF as the recipient of these funds.

About the Hepatitis B Foundation: The Hepatitis B Foundation is the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to finding a cure for hepatitis B and improving the quality of life for those affected worldwide through research, education and patient advocacy. To learn more, go to www.hepb.org, read our blog at http://wp.hepb.org, follow us on Twitter @HepBFoundation, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hepbfoundation or call (215) 489-4900.

Hepatitis B Foundation’s 2013 College and High School Summer Research Interns

2012 students

This year’s high school students were:
Megan Dugery (Mt Saint Joseph Academy); Emily Frederick (Palisades HS); Joshua Jordan (Central Bucks South HS); Sera Passerini  (Palisades High School); Joshua Shieh (Centennial HS); Madison Schaffer (Central Bucks West HS); and Blake Vuoco (Central Bucks East HS).

This year’s college students included:
Tyler Esposito (Union College); Felicia Harrsch (Mount Holyoke College); Rachel Shulman (Harvard University); Maureen McCauley (Temple University); Sarah-Ann Willette (Villanova University); Anna Thum (Delaware Valley College); Matthew Wen (US Naval Academy); Akhil Katakam (Northwestern University); John Schoell (Ursinus College); Adithya Nagaraja (University of PA); and Robin Su (National Chung-Hsing University).



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