• Posted Wednesday January 4, 2017

Applications open for 11th year of Helios Scholars at TGen biomedical research internships

Summer program pairs Arizona students with TGen researchers in efforts to benefit patients

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Jan. 4, 2017 - Following a successful 10th anniversary celebratory year, the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) today began accepting applications for the start of a second decade of Helios Scholars at TGen.

Each summer, 45 students are selected for TGen's flagship biomedical research internship program, supported by Helios Education Foundation.

Now entering its 11th year, Helios Scholars at TGen is an 8-week paid internship for Arizona students looking to further their interest in bioscience and medicine. Helios Scholars work in TGen's laboratories, receiving one-on-one mentorship from TGen scientists. These research projects aim for new discoveries about illnesses such as neurological disorders, infectious diseases and many types of cancer.

"We are excited about the start of a second decade of this significant collaboration with TGen," said Paul J. Luna, President and CEO, Helios Education Foundation. "Helios Scholars at TGen is one of the most coveted bioscience internships in Arizona, providing intensive, hands-on learning to a diverse student population."

Since the program began in 2007, 420 students have completed Helios Scholars at TGen. These scholars boast an array of impressive accomplishments, including acceptance into top tier graduate and medical schools, unique career developments, national awards and scholarships, and authorship credit in numerous scientific publications.

"Every class of Helios Scholars at TGen has big shoes to fill from the previous year's interns. We are looking for students who will rise to that challenge and take on a summer of scientific research to improve the lives of patients," said Julie Euber, TGen's Manager of Education and Outreach.

In addition to patient-focused research, Helios Scholars participate in professional development seminars, including science communication, public speaking, and basic business etiquette, as well as social activities to build and strengthen relationships between students.

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

Applications will be accepted through Feb. 10 at www.tgen.org/intern. For more information, contact Euber at 602-343-8459, or [email protected].

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About Helios Education Foundation

Helios Education Foundation is dedicated to creating opportunities for individuals in Arizona and Florida to achieve a postsecondary education. Our work is driven by our four fundamental beliefs in Community, Investment, Equity and Partnership, and we invest in initiatives across the full education continuum.  
In Arizona, where Latino students comprise the largest percentage of the K-12 public school population, the Foundation is implementing its Arizona Latino Student Success initiative focused on preparing all students - especially students in high poverty, underserved Latino communities - for success. Through our Florida Regional Student Success Initiative, Helios is helping underserved, minority, first-generation students from the state's large population centers in Miami, Orlando and Tampa achieve a postsecondary education.
Since 2006, the Foundation has invested over $185 million in education programs and initiatives in both states. To learn more about our efforts, visit us online at www.helios.org.

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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 neurological disorders, cancer, 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. TGen is allied with City of Hope, a world-renowned independent research and cancer and diabetes treatment center. This precision medicine alliance enables both institutes to complement each other in research and patient care, with City of Hope providing a significant clinical setting to advance scientific discoveries made by TGen. For more information, visit: www.tgen.org. Follow TGen on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter @TGen.

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Steve Yozwiak
TGen Senior Science Writer
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