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For her Capstone Internship, Biochemistry senior Sehlah Butt worked at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Pakistan as an intern in three different departments: Chemotherapy, Out-Patient, and the Emergency Room. She worked along side physicians and nurses to assist patients by translating applications and patient progress reports from English to Urdu for the patients and their families and making sure each patient room was well equipped with new blankets, pillows, and toiletry. She also worked alongside Department Chairs in the Out-Patient Department by translating their Hospital Protocols, training manuals, and more important documents to English in order to teach staff members how important it is to communicate in English with certain patients.

Here's Sehlah's summary of her experience:  "I plan on working in the healthcare field specifically outside America. When it came time to choose a Capstone, I wanted to go outside the country and learn. I wanted to learn about healthcare in Pakistan and how different it is from healthcare in America. I can say with great certainty that working in a hospital outside America really opened my eyes to how grateful we as Americans should be for the healthcare and equipment that is readily available to us. It was such an eye opening experience that I will never forget!"

                                                         

 

Chemistry senior Lindsay Most completed her capstone last fall at Friends Medical Laboratory. She is still working there, with a standing invitation to join the team full time when she completes her education.  She had the following to say about her experience:

From day one, I was given a list of tasks, shadowed supervisors and laboratory technicians to learn the ropes, and then was in charge of running the samples efficiently and correctly in the TLC unit to produce reliable results. In the GC/LC unit, I was responsible for extracting drugs from patient samples using standard operating procedures for solid phase extraction and by observing fellow technicians. I handled hazardous materials such as fentanyl calibrators, and prepared batches of samples for extractions and injection for liquid chromatography. I was able to apply my chemistry knowledge and laboratory skills gained at Stevenson University in a professional laboratory setting, in order to excel in the TLC and GC/LC unit. By working on an individually assigned fentanyl project, I was able to analyze data and determine additional steps that would yield in greater, more accurate results.

The experience gained from Stevenson and this capstone experience allowed me to become employed and to pursue a career path that I have been considering for a long time, which is drug analysis. While I am still determining whether to pursue a passion for ballistics analysis, I know that I am comfortable with and thoroughly enjoy identifying illicit drugs in patient samples and that I really enjoy using liquid chromatography and analyzing data, all thanks to this fantastic opportunity.”

Biochemistry major Angelica Lackey is spending her summer internship with the Johns Hopkins Department of Pediatric Neurology, in the Ketogenic Diet Center. She was able to visit the helicopter pad at the hospital on her second day and was competent in taking patient histories by her third day. Angelica dreams of becoming a physician, and this internship is helping her to strongly confirm this and is bringing her "...one step closer to becoming a doctor!"

The Stevenson Summer Science Scholars Program (S3RP for short) has kicked off on the Owings Mills North Campus. Students complete 10-week intensive research or field internships under the direct guidance of a full-time SU Science Faculty member. These are competitive internships for which students can apply for the summer after their junior year. To be eligible for the program students: must be entering the 3rd or 4th year of their degree program, must have earned a 3.3 cumulative and major GPA, and students must complete an application package before the deadline. A selection committee then chooses the S3RP finalists. Pictured are some of the summer chemistry students with faculty mentor Dr. Will Harrell.

Biochemistry senior, Kennedy Akwo, is excited about his future career in pharmacy.  During his capstone, he researched the disparity in safety, efficacy and perception between brand name and generic drugs.  He presented his findings at the Fine School of the Sciences Poster Session.  Based on the various pharmacy schools that he was accepted to, Kennedy has chosen to attend Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy starting in Fall 2017.