Helios Scholars at TGen graduate summer biomedical research program

45 students from across Arizona celebrated today at scientific symposium sponsored by Helios Education Foundation

PHOENIX, Ariz. - July 28, 2017 - Forty-five students, providing a snapshot of Arizona's next generation of leading physicians and scientists, graduate today from an eight-week training program at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).



Sponsored by Helios Education Foundation, the Helios Scholars at TGen program concluded its 11th year today with a daylong scientific symposium, including poster and oral presentations about discoveries that benefit real patients.

Helios Scholars at TGen is the research institute's largest summer internship program for Arizona students pursuing careers in bioscience and medicine. Helios Scholars work in TGen laboratories - receiving one-on-one mentorship from TGen scientists - as they pursue new discoveries involving patients with serious illnesses, including Alzheimer's disease, infectious diseases, and many types of cancer.

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"Today's symposium showcases the achievements of this summer's Helios Scholars at TGen," said Julie Euber, TGen Manager of Education and Outreach. "TGen scientists provide world-class mentorship and training that will help these talented students pursue the challenges of complex human diseases."

"Today's symposium showcases the achievements of this summer's Helios Scholars at TGen," said Julie Euber, TGen Manager of Education and Outreach. "We highlight their individual accomplishments, and recognize this significant step in their career journeys. TGen scientists provide world-class mentorship and training that will help these talented students pursue the challenges of complex human diseases."



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.

"Following last year's 10th anniversary of this preeminent student-research program, we are now starting the second decade of Helios Scholars at TGen," said Paul J. Luna, President and CEO, Helios Education Foundation. "The 464 students who have now successfully completed this program have developed knowledge and insights from first-hand experiences in TGen scientific laboratories, ultimately helping prepare them for success in college and career."

The program is open to Arizona undergraduate and graduate level students, including those in medical school. This summer's 45 Helios Scholars at TGen were selected from more than 500 applicants.



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



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



Program applications for the 12th class of Helios Scholars at TGen starts in January 2018 at www.tgen.org/intern. For more information, please contact Jennifer Jenkin, TGen Education and Outreach Specialist, at jjenkin@tgen.org or 602-343-8830.

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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.

Media Contact:

Rebecca Lindgren

Marketing Communications Director

Helios Education Foundation

602-381-2294

rlindgren@helios.org


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, diabetes, and infectious diseases, 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: www.cityofhope.org. 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.

Media Contact:
Steve Yozwiak
TGen Senior Science Writer
602-343-8704
syozwiak@tgen.org

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