Navigation Links
Helios Education Foundation invests $6.5 million
Date:1/30/2008

PHOENIX, AZ Helios Education Foundation today awarded $6.5 million to the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) as part of a new partnership that extends the Helios Scholars Program at TGen for the next 25 years. The program helps cultivate new scientific and technical talent across the state of Arizona.

"Helios Education Foundations commitment to develop a long term partnership with TGen for student training is an incredible boost for Arizonas future in the biosciences," Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano said. "Arizona is poised to become a world leader in cutting-edge medical education and health care, but only if we provide the necessary training and mentorship. These types of public-private partnerships hold the key to what must be the central goal of an Arizona education: giving our students the skills they need to succeed in the high-tech, high-knowledge world of the 21st century."

The Helios Scholars Program at TGen is an annual summer internship program for 45 high school, undergraduate and graduate students in Arizona. Interns receive a stipend, are paired with a TGen scientist/mentor and are actively engaged in research projects in disorders as diverse as cancer, diabetes, autism and Alzheimers disease. The eight-week program supports students from all backgrounds in their efforts to develop foundational skills as they pursue careers in science or medical-related fields.

Creating opportunities in education that have math and science at their core is very important to Helios Education Foundation, said the Foundations Chairman Vince Roig. We are excited to invest $6.5 million in this innovative and unique program at TGen because it opens new doors into the world of the biosciences for Arizona students. Were even more excited to be investing in a long-term partnership that will impact the future growth and development of the sciences in Arizona.

Helios Education Foundation provided funding for TGens 2007 summer internship program, which included a stipend for students. This led to a sizable increase in the number of qualified student applications from around the State. The $6.5 million endowment enables TGen to extend its competitive internship program for 25 years and provide a stipend and other support for students. The Helios Scholars Program at TGen also encourages student diversity, with upwards of 20 percent of the interns coming from underrepresented populations.

"We are excited to continue and expand our partnership with the Helios Education Foundation," said TGen president, Dr. Jeffrey Trent. "Our shared commitment to training the next generation of researchers provides an unparalleled opportunity for Arizona and those students seeking hands-on training to augment their classroom experience. For many of these students, this experience will prove to be a defining moment in focusing their career choices across the biosciences.

Applications are now available on-line at the TGen website: http://www.tgen.org/intern. Interns must be a resident of Arizona or a full-time student at an Arizona-based high school, accredited college or university. The application deadline is March 14. Attributes that investigators consider in selecting students include a strong desire to conduct independent research, interests, academic achievement, curiosity, ambition, and aptitude for working independently and with a team. The application process is competitive, but many different backgrounds and abilities are represented among the students selected.

In addition to the stipends, Helios Education Foundation and TGen recognize each student as a Helios Scholar. The endowment also funds an end-of-the-summer symposium where students present their work to their peers, TGen staff, family and guests. Additionally, the endowment provides six merit-based scholarships and supports several extra curricular activities to encourage student interaction and learning.

TGen's past summer interns boast an array of impressive accomplishments, including publishing scientific abstracts and peer-reviewed articles, gaining acceptance into medical and graduate school and winning scholarships and prizes. In 2005, TGen interns Albert Shieh and Anne Lee took first place in the team category at the 2005-2006 Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology. The interns split a $100,000 scholarship.


'/>"/>

Contact: Amy Erickson
aerickson@tgen.org
602-343-8522
The Translational Genomics Research Institute
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Graduate Education in Physics: Which Way Forward?
2. Evolution education is a must says coalition of scientific and teaching organizations
3. Leading experts cite poor health and nutrition as major barrier to education in developing world
4. Stevens wins Excellence in Technology Education Award
5. Harold Mooney and Peter Raven, winners of the BBVA Foundation Award for Conservation Biology
6. Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation awards prestigious fellowships to 17 top young investigators
7. CONRAD receives $28.5M Gates Foundation grant for HIV prevention research
8. Galapagos and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics announce drug discovery collaboration
9. Life-saving clean water project secures $13M from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
10. Arizona State University launches biofuel initiative with BP and Science Foundation Arizona
11. Simons Foundation awards Emory scientists $3M for autism gene research
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/3/2016)... 3, 2016 Vigilant Solutions announces today that ... Missouri solved two recent hit-and-run ... data from Vigilant Solutions. Brian Wenberg ... the victim was walking out of a convenience store and witnessed an elderly ... his vehicle, striking his vehicle and leaving the scene.  ...
(Date:2/2/2016)... Technology Enhancements Accelerate Growth of X-ray Imaging ... and computed radiography markets in Thailand ... Indonesia (TIM). It provides an in-depth analysis ... as regional market drivers and restraints. The study offers ... market attractiveness, both for digital and computed radiography. Market ...
(Date:2/1/2016)...  Wocket® smart wallet ( www.wocketwallet.com ) announces the launch of a ... . Las Vegas , where Joey appeared at ... Las Vegas , where Joey appeared at the Wocket booth ... ad was filmed at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES2016) in ... meet and greet fans. --> --> ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/10/2016)... Feb. 10, 2016  The Maryland House of Delegates ... announced that University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean ... University of Maryland Medical System President and CEO ... Medallion," the highest honor given to the public by ... Dean Reece and Mr. Chrencik for their ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... Inc. (NYSE MKT: ISR), a medical technology company and ... the treatment of prostate, brain, lung, head and neck ... the second quarter and six months of fiscal 2016, ... --> --> Revenue was $1.19 million ... December 31, 2015, a 12% increase compared to $1.07 ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... HOLLOWAY AMERICA, a leading ... (ISPE) Rocky Mountain Chapter 21st Annual Vendor Exhibition on Thursday, February 18, 2016. ... tables for its annual event, which will run from 3:00 p.m. - 8:30 ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... Boston, MA (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 ... ... system is now available on Microsoft Azure. On Azure, Arvados provides capabilities for ... “We saw clear demand for Microsoft Azure from major institutions collecting and analyzing ...
Breaking Biology Technology: