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Thirty-seven College Students Participate in Regenerative Medicine Summer Research Program
Date:8/7/2008

Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative Marks 12th Year of Summer

Internship

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Twenty-four undergraduate students from colleges and universities, primarily across southwestern Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh region, have taken part in the 12th annual Summer Internship Program of the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative (PTEI). The goal of the program is to expose greatly increased numbers of our students to growing opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) related fields across the Pittsburgh region with the highly interdisciplinary field of tissue engineering as the focus. The program exposes two-year and four-year undergraduate students to the cutting-edge field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine (TERM) and provides real-world experience as they learn more about the wonders and, ultimately, applications of TERM as they work alongside the region's top-notch tissue engineering researchers and clinicians.

The Summer Internship Program showcases growing opportunities in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine and provides ten-week, paid internships. Each student is matched with an established researcher/clinician mentor who supervises his or her work. Students perform their own research and data analysis, and present their findings at a formal scientific poster session, which will be held at the end of the program, on Friday, August 8, 2008 at the Sheraton Hotel, at Pittsburgh's Station Square.

Regional sponsors, including the Fisher Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, Highmark Blue Cross and Blue Cross Blue Shield, UPMC Health Plan and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, focus on supporting by helping participants in the program to find permanent opportunities in southwestern Pennsylvania. PTEI is highly committed to providing the region's youth with opportunities available through the broa
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