Exploring Physics in the Field of Medicine

Jesica Mena, COL ‘ 23, Philadelphia, PA

‘This summer, I had the privilege of working for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as a research assistant in the department of radiation oncology. As a member of the Hao Huang laboratory, I …

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A Summer at CHOP

Ashley Santaniello, COL ’23, Moscow, ID

This summer, I had the opportunity to work under Dr. Shih-Shan Lang Chen at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the Neurosurgery department’s research division. Dr. Chen is an attending neurosurgeon in the Division …

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Is It Dark In Here?: Tracking Melanosomal Proteins

Abetzi Vazquez Ochoa, COL ’25, Houston, Texas

This summer, I was lucky enough to work in the Marks Lab of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, where I explored the different variants of …

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A Summer in Pediatric Neurosurgery

Jimmy Bianchi, COL ’24, Scranton, PA

Prior to attending Penn, I had always aspired to attend medical school. However, I was both intimidated and excited by the vast array of professions one could pursue. During my second year at Penn, …

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Learning Molecular Cloning

April Ng, COL ’24, San Francisco, CA

Before this summer, my only lab experience was from biology and organic chemistry courses. I found the hands-on nature of my lab courses to be quite engaging and unique compared to learning in …

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Understanding Health Systems in Pittsburgh

Luisa Fernandez, COL ’23, Philadelphia, PA

This summer I spent eight weeks working as a Research Assistant at Magee Womens Research Institute (MWRI) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I was part of their Student Summer Internship Program and was one of 8 …

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The Most Fulfilling Work I’ve Done So Far at Penn

Brinn Gammer, COL ’24, Hazleton, PA

In my sophomore year, I switched from being prospectively pre-med to pre-law.

It sounds like quite the jump, but it wasn’t as unexpected as it may seem. I’ve always been interested in psychiatry and …

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From Fish Tank to Lab

Marcella Soewignjo, COL ’25, Bayside, NY

When I was eleven, I was obsessed with my pet goldfish: Sassy and Flippie. So, when they started to grow white freckles panic ensued. After a frantic google search, I found that my goldfish …

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Pediatric Medical Research at UCLA Health

Nicolette Peterson, COL ’23, Granby, MA

I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work one-on-one with Dr. Patrick Whelan for my second summer at UCLA Health. Dr. Whelan is a pediatric rheumatologist, and he is thought to

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My (Virtual) Summer at the DSCN Lab

This is part of a series of posts by recipients of the 2021 Career Services Summer Funding Grant. We’ve asked funding recipients to reflect on their summer experiences and talk about the industries in which they spent their summer. You …

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