Three Georgetown Medical Students Chosen for NIH Medical Research Scholars Program

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June 24, 2016 — The National Institutes of Health has selected three Georgetown School of Medicine students for its 2016-2017 Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP).

The 52 students selected for this year-long program are described by the NIH as “innovative” and “research oriented.”  The three Georgetown scholars, all rising 3rd year students who will spend a year at NIH, are Xenia Chepa-Lotrea (M’19), Hannah Conn (M’19) and Rachel Marchalik (M’19).

Next Generation

According to the NIH, the MRSP will introduce the students to cutting-edge research and is part of NIH’s goal of “training the next generation of clinician-scientists and biomedical researchers.”

Chepa-Lotrea, Conn and Marchalik will be placed in basic, translational or clinical research that matches with their career interests and goals.  The scholars are placed in NIH laboratories and patient care areas, including the NIH Clinical Center. 

Each scholar is assigned an advisor, who provides guidance in defining a well-articulated career development plan and selecting a dedicated NIH research mentor. Mentors are fulltime NIH investigators with established and successful basic, translational, or clinical research programs.

Future Leaders

“This year-long research enrichment program is very often the starting point for a successful research-oriented career. These 52 scholars clearly represent future academic leaders and biomedical researchers in this country,” said Frederick P. Ognibene, MD, NIH Clinical Center Deputy Director for Educational Affairs and Strategic Partnerships.

The MRSP is co-sponsored by the NIH and other partners, including the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the American Association for Dental Research, the Colgate-Palmolive Company, Genentech and alumni of student research programs and other individual supporters through contributions to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.

Courtesy of NIH
Edited by Karen Teber
GUMC Communications