2012 High School Summer Interns

2012 HS Interns
L to R: James Archer, Omar Zaki, Vincent Cariddi, Tushita Gupta, Saranga Arora, Nivedha Ram, Megan Boetang, Brian Kaszuba, Rachel Madhur

Boetang M Megan Boetang
This internship enabled me to see all sides of the neuroscience field that I was never exposed to before. Working with Dr. Rosalie Torres-Stone and Meghan and Elif at the CCNI, I gained a greater appreciation for research and what actually goes into getting research done. The workshops and guest speaker luncheon were great and gave all of us the opportunity to see how neuroscience and brain studies can be applied to a wide range of professions and industries. I am very thankful to Meghan, Elif, Dr. Rosalie Torres-Stone and Dr. Jean King that I was given the opportunity to be part of this internship.
Gupta T Tushita Gupta
I applied to the Neuroscience and Mental Health Summer Internship program at UMass to get a better understanding of the research and medical field. I was particularly interested in biomedical engineering and research in Alzheimer's Disease so I was assigned to the Rogaev Lab. This turned out to be the perfect opportunity because not only did I get to work on ground breaking research about Alzheimer's disease, but it also enabled me to view the type of work that a researcher does. The program leaders Meghan and Elif also taught us about the difference between an MD and a PhD as well as the various aspects of neuroscience which was very helpful as well. I really enjoyed the time I spent in the program and had fun with all the new people I met. Meghan and Elif gave me a unique opportunity that I could not find anywhere else. This program provided me with the valuable information I needed to make a knowledgeable decision about my future path and career choice.
Kaszuba B Brian Kaszuba
My experience during the Neuroscience Internship was truly remarkable. I was matched with the neurosurgeon and I learned that this is what I truly want to be. I have always wanted to work with patients in the clinic and spend time in the operation room. With this program, I learned that this is possible with the addition of being a professor and a researcher. I never would have thought I would get the possibility of having my name for publication on a research study in high school. I was engaged during the entire length of the program and spent each and every one of the long hours fully captivated while having fun. I am so thankful and grateful for Elif and Meghan for their efforts and of course, Dr. Moser, who had shown and taught me a great abundance of knowledge. I am very excited to be applying for accelerated medical school now as I am 100% sure this is the path I want to take.
Ram N Nivedha Ram
I really enjoyed the Neuroscience and Mental Health Summer Internship at the CCNI that I was a part of this last summer. Meghan and Elif put together workshops and luncheons that really opened my eyes to all the opportunities within the neuroscience field. I also spent my time shadowing Dr. Kennedy at the Child and Adolescent Neurodevelopment Initiative, where I learned a lot about neuroimaging techniques, clinical studies, and neurodevelopmental disorders. I even had the opportunity to conduct my own study in brain volume differences in autistic patients. Most of all, this internship helped me form goals for college and my future career.
Zaki O Omar Zaki
I am a junior at South Kingstown High School, and my interests revolve around many things in the medical field: neurology, oncology, orthopedics, to name a few. I applied to and attended the UMass Worcester Medical School Internship for High School students at the Center for Comparative NeuroImaging in order to become more exposed to medicine, biomedical engineering, and neuroscience, and I believe that the program has succeeded in that matter. I spent a large portion of my time working with Dr. Gerardo Gonzalez in the Addiction Psychiatry department, working on my own theoretical research project, shadowing him in the clinic, engaging in meetings and seminars, and attending a conference about HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C, which was organized in order to discuss an idea that I had developed on my own. I was also able to visit departments such as pediatrics, pulmonary, and neurology with Dr. Peter Novak. With both of these doctors, I have become immersed in the research process, and with Dr. Gonzalez, I learned how to develop an idea that has never been done before, and how to publish that idea into a scientific journal. I came into the program in the summer before my junior year believing I was very interested in neurosurgery, but now I know that I definitely would like to do something in psychiatry or neurology. This program is truly a life changing experience, and is definitely worthwhile. Lastly, I would like to thank Meghan, Dr. Elif, Dr. Jean King, Dr. Gonzalez, Dr. Novak, and Ethan for providing me with this opportunity to explore my interests