Helios Scholars at TGen trains next generation of Arizona researchers

45 students from across Arizona selected for 9th annual class supported by the Helios Education Foundation

PHOENIX, Ariz. - June 17, 2015 - The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) began its 9th annual Helios Scholars at TGen paid summer internship program this month, hosting 45 students in an effort to train Arizona's next generation of biomedical researchers.

Helios interns work side-by-side for eight weeks with their TGen scientist-mentors, and are actively engaged in translational research projects in neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, infectious diseases such as Valley Fever, and many types of cancer.

"Helios Scholars are talented and creative minds from across Arizona, selected from more than 600 applicants for one of the state's premier biomedical internships," said Julie Euber, TGen's Education and Outreach Specialist and supervisor of Helios Scholars at TGen. "They arrive with a passion for science and medicine, and by participating in authentic research projects they shape the skills needed for a lifetime of discovery."

Funded for 25 years through a $6.5 million award from Helios Education Foundation, Helios Scholars at TGen educates, trains, and inspires the next generation of researchers and physicians in Arizona.

"Through Helios Scholars at TGen, students are gaining valuable, first-hand experience in a professional scientific laboratory that helps prepare them for success in college and career," said Paul J. Luna, President and CEO, Helios Education Foundation. "We are pleased to partner with TGen and provide these students will a stellar summer internship program that will not only benefit them, but will improve people's lives through scientific and medical research."

The program is open to Arizona high school, undergraduate and graduate level students, including those in medical school.

In addition to full-time, patient-focused research, Helios Scholars participate in professional development seminars, including science communication, public speaking, and basic business etiquette.

The program concludes July 24 with a daylong scientific symposium, including student poster and oral presentations. Helios Scholars compete at the symposium for awards recognizing project mastery and presentation skills and are celebrated for their achievements.

Past interns boast an array of impressive accomplishments, publishing scientific abstracts, scientific articles, and acceptance into medical and graduate schools.

Program applications start in January each year for the following summer at www.tgen.org/intern.

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About Helios Education Foundation
Helios Education Foundation is focused on creating opportunities for individuals in Arizona and Florida to succeed in postsecondary education by advancing the academic preparedness of all students and fostering a high-expectation, college-going culture. Through a decade of strategic partnership and investment, Helios has identified Early Grade Success, College and Career Readiness and Postsecondary Completion as the three most critical reform priorities in achieving our long-term goal. As an engaged foundation, embedded in communities across both states, the Foundation is contributing its expertise and financial resources to better prepare students for college and career and to compete successfully in a global economy. Since 2006, Helios has invested over $155 million in education-related programs and initiatives in Arizona and Florida. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.helios.org.

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Rebecca Lindgren
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Helios Education Foundation
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About TGen
Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is a Phoenix, Arizona-based non-profit organization dedicated to conducting groundbreaking research with life changing results. TGen is focused on helping patients with cancer, neurological disorders and diabetes, through cutting edge translational research (the process of rapidly moving research towards patient benefit). TGen physicians and scientists work to unravel the genetic components of both common and rare complex diseases in adults and children. Working with collaborators in the scientific and medical communities literally worldwide, TGen makes a substantial contribution to help our patients through efficiency and effectiveness of the translational process. For more information, visit:www.tgen.org.

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Steve Yozwiak
TGen Senior Science Writer
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