Undergraduate Students Near Completion of Arkansas Biosciences Institute Internships

JONESBORO – Thirteen undergraduate students at Arkansas State University are completing summer internship projects at the Arkansas Biosciences Institute.

This program provides support for A-State students to enhance their academic experience by providing them with opportunities to participate in hands-on research and creative work with faculty and staff – in the sciences, engineering, professional programs, arts, humanities or the social sciences, according to Dr. Tom Risch, vice provost for research and technology transfer.

Applicants have a faculty mentor with whom they work during their internship. The interns will make a presentation next month on their experiences and findings.

The students who are near internship completion, along with their hometown and major field of study are:

* Laura N. Bean of Hamtramck, Mich., is an animal science major, pre-veterinary medicine emphasis. Her mentor is Dr. Kyle Gustafson.

* Wade Boggs of Paragould is majoring in biotechnology. His mentor is Dr. Vishwa Rajagopalan of NYIT-College of Osteopathic Medicine.

* Callie Beaird-Campbell of Monette is majoring in wildlife ecology and management with a minor in Spanish. Her mentor is Dr. Andrew Sweet.

* Ashley Carter of Jackson, Tenn., is a biological sciences major with a pre-professional emphasis. Her mentor is Dr. Lori Neuman-Lee.

* Emma Dillon of Paragould is a chemistry major, with emphasis in the pre-professional program. Her mentor is Dr. Mohammad Abrar Alam.

* Logan Foster of Piggott is an interdisciplinary studies major. His mentor is Dr. Troy Camarata of NYIT-COM.

* Daniel Jackson of Jonesboro is majoring in biotechnology. His mentor is Dr. Asela Wijeratne.

* Aasritha Kilari of India is majoring in information systems and business analytics. Her mentor is Dr. Richard Segall.

* Tra Le, a native of Vietnam, is majoring in biology and chemistry, with emphasis in the pre-professional studies. Her mentor is Dr. Fabricio Medina-Bolivar.

* Nao Mitsuguchi of Miyoshi City, Japan, is majoring in biological sciences. His mentor is Dr. Maureen Dolan.

* Hieu Nguyen of Danang City, Vietnam, is majoring in biotechnology. Her mentor is Dr. Jianfeng (Jay) Xu.

* Alyssa Pettit of Norfork is majoring in finance and management in the Neil Griffin College of Business. Her mentor is Dr. Philip Tew.

* Yixing Wang of Zhejiang, China, is a computer science major. His mentor is Dr. Emily Bellis.

The interns met minimum qualifications to enter the program, including completion of at least 30 credit hours and compatibility of student and mentor research interests. The stipend for internship is $2,500; the student works 20 hours per week for 10 weeks.  Each faculty mentor received $1,000 to be used for supplies for the intern’s project.

Arkansas Biosciences Institute (ABI) includes Arkansas Children’s Hospital; Arkansas State University; the University of Arkansas-Division of Agriculture; the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. ABI, which was created as the major research component of the Tobacco Settlement Proceeds Act of 2000, advances agricultural and medical research in order to improve the health of Arkansans.

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