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Biochemistry senior, Tiffany Kahl, is an intern at CVS Pharmacy this summer.  She has learned how to assist patients with all aspects of their prescriptions.  Tiffany loves her internship because "I love that everyone at my internship site is so understanding and helpful of me being the new person and are always willing to help me with whatever the situation is. I love helping patients and making them smile and have a satisfying trip to their pharmacy! I also really enjoy learning all the different medications and counting the appropriate quantities to dispense to the patients. My internship fits my career plans perfectly because I want to ultimately be a pharmacist. Working in a retail pharmacy is giving me a lot of experience to watch the pharmacist and become familiar with all the important aspects of working within the pharmacy!"

This summer, Biochemistry sophomore, Kayla Bynion, is an intern at the Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery Clinic.  Here's what she shared: "I am working with renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, or as most people like to call him, Dr. Q. There is so much to love about this incredible opportunity. I have been able to see all aspects of what it is really like to work in a hospital. I have helped to schedule appointments and various tests for patients, shadowed some of Dr. Q’s clinicals, and most recently, I was able to assist with multiple pre-ops and scrub in to observe several brain surgeries. Dr. Q has taught me so much about not only the clinical work of a doctor, but also how to interact with patients and other valuable life skills which will help me as I advance in my education.  I have loved every minute of my experience and it has helped me decide that I really do want to pursue a career in medicine."

Each semester, our senior science and math students enroll in their Capstone course. This course allows the seniors to engage in an internship or research experience related to their career goals. For examples, students interested in attending pharmacy school work in a pharmacy or conduct pharmaceutical research and students interested in pursuing a career in the chemical industry are placed in a chemical company. These experiences give our students real world opportunities that are invaluable in their future career plans.  

At the culmination of the Capstone course, each student prepares a poster using the format of a professional scientific meeting. At the end of each semester, the School of the Sciences hosts a Poster Session. The senior students discuss their Capstone experiences with the Stevenson Community and invited guests. Everyone was impressed with our students' knowledge and poise in discussing their internships and research projects!

Biochemistry Junior, Ginell McLean, was selected to participate in the 2015 Minority Undergraduate Student Internship Program (MUSIP) at the Edgewood Chemical Biogical Center.  This summer, Ginell will work with a mentor to conduct science and engineering research.  She will present the results of her research during the last week of the program.  Ginell will also present her research results to the SU community since she is using this research experience as part of her Capstone Research course.  

Austin Ikein has always expressed an interest in attending pharmacy school after graduation from SU.  He is very excited to be admitted to Howard University School of Pharmacy and will start there in August.  Austin credits his success in getting admitted to the Howard to his Capstone internship.  Austin worked at Giant Pharmacy and gained valuable experience.  He was then able to describe his experiences in the pharmacy during his pharmacy school interviews.  Congratulations Austin!  We're really excited for you.

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