By Maileen Hamto, Communications Manager for the Center for Diversity & Inclusion
Congratulations to OHSU research intern Denise Aquino, a senior at Molalla High School, who was recently recognized as Oregon’s 2013 Migrant Student of the Year for her scholastic achievements while overcoming family hardship.
The combination of excellent academic performance, leadership in school activities and community service propelled Denise above hundreds of students throughout the state. An aspiring ophthalmologist, Denise is poised to become the first woman in her family to achieve a college degree!
This summer, Denise is a returning participant in the highly competitive Ted R. Lilley Continuing Umbrella of Research Education (CURE) Intern Program, administered by the OHSU Center for Diversity and Inclusion and funded by the Knight Cancer Institute.
She is one of eight interns taking part in the hands-on research program for promising high school students pursuing careers in the health and sciences. Denise’s journey is just one of many compelling and inspiring stories that embody the drive and determination of OHSU’s Equity and CURE interns.
The application cycle for the 2015 internship programs starts this December. If you have a promising young student in your life, encourage them to learn more: Summer Equity Research Program and CURE Program.