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

d range of world-class research, educational and employers nearby.

A special National Science Foundation-supported component focuses on supporting the participation of under-represented minority students and students from primarily non-research academic institutions. These students come from a national applicant pool and contribute to the region's need to further grow our pool of talented youth and support our growing life sciences industry sector. Combined, this strategy enables PTEI to prevent regional "brain drain" and to enable regional "brain gain." An additional component pairs interns with U.S. Department of Defense collaborative researchers, who focus on utilizing tissue engineering and regenerative medicine research to address significant problems related to combat casualty care and wound healing. Sponsoring laboratories for all participants offer individualized projects for the interns.

Since the Summer Internship Program was initiated in 1997, 222 students, including the 2008 group, have taken part. The program has been enormously successful in encouraging participants to pursue postgraduate education. Of participants who have completed their undergraduate studies, 41% are now attending medical school; 25% are attending graduate school; and 10% are pursuing dual degrees. Of these, 36% are attending medical and/or graduate school in the southwestern Pennsylvania region.

"The Summer Internship Program is one of PTEI's oldest and most successful educational programs, and my favorite," said Joan Schanck, PTEI Director of Education. "It provides the priceless opportunity for young people to explore careers as basic scientists and clinicians within the field of tissue engineering and the broader field of regenerative medicine, as well as work alongside world-renowned, cutting edge researchers."

PTEI is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of individuals by establishing the region as an internationally recognize
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