Every summer, the Burke Medical Research Institute offers highly qualified undergraduate and high school students the opportunity to work in a lab and participate in cutting-edge science research.
On Friday, August 8, with ten weeks of experiments and seminars under their belts, data crunched, and lab coats put aside, this year’s crop of summer students—17 in all—presented their research at a Poster Session attended by BMRI scientists, the Burke community, family, and friends. At noon, they stood by their posters in the Rosedale Room ready to discuss research projects ranging from telerehabilitation for stroke patients to Schwann cell survival after transplantation. Six instructors and post-doctoral researchers served as judges, evaluating the presentations for Research Design, Creativity and Comprehension, and Visual Presentation.
First place, and an iPad, was awarded to Michael Mazzola, a rising senior at Cornell University, for his poster, “Toxicity of TMPyP4 is mediated by acetylcholinesterase inhibition.” Mazzola was mentored by John Cave, Ph.D. Jessica Berkowe, a rising senior at SUNY Purchase, took home second place, and an iPod, for her poster, “Effects of trans-spinal direct current stimulation (tsDCS) on the upper extremity motor response of healthy human subjects.” Berkowe was mentored by Mar Cortez, M.D., and Dylan Edwards, Ph.D., P.T.
This year’s summer students ranged from high school students to recent college graduates and included 10 students from BMRI’s Summer Science Scholars Program. The Summer Science Scholars Program is co-directed by Dr. Cave and Dianna E. Willis, Ph.D. Dr. Willis noted that this year’s winners showcase the diversity of research being done at BMRI, from molecular-based basic research to clinical studies.