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by Bessie M. Cook
FDA Veterinarian Newsletter September/October 1998 Volume XIII, No V

The Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) EEO Office sponsors a scientific academic outreach program in collaboration with National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) to provide training opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The program’s mission is to develop a foundation in biomedical and related regulatory-based research that is integrated with scientific principles applicable to biological product development and regulation. The program seeks to promote personal development and professional skills reflective of the students’ field of study, with the ultimate goal of pursuing careers significant to the Center.

This summer, CVM was fortunate to have four individuals participating in the 1998 Student Intern Program, each assigned to a CVM Research/Review Scientist. These scientific mentors are responsible for providing a work experience that is challenging and stimulating, and one that will broaden the student’s technical skills and educational experiences. Students must have a 3.5+ grade point average to qualify for the Intern Program. Scherise Mitchell is a Biology major at Morgan University. Ms. Mitchell worked with Dr. Michaela (Mika) Alweynse, Division of Animal Feeds, and studied the "Effect of the Rendering Process on the Chromosomal DNA in Transgenic Animals." Nicole Doyle was assigned to work with Dr. Henry Ekperigin, Division of Animal Feeds. Ms. Doyle is a Biology and Veterinary Medicine major at Tuskegee University, and researched "Organic Acids and Formaldehyde as Antimicrobial Food Additives." Lynette Willis is a graduate of Hampton University with a Master of Science in Biology. Her mentors were Dr. Warner (Jack) Caldwell, Division of Biometrics and Production Drugs, and Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Miller, Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation. Ms. Willis performed a "Retrospective Review of Human Food Safety Toxicology Studies." Haile Yancy is a Biology major at Jarvis Christian College, and worked with Dr. Michael Myers, Division of Animal Research. Mr. Yancy’s project was to develop the reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction to measure cytokine mRNA transcripts in whole blood cultures, using blood obtained from domestic animals.

CVM has long been a supporter of summer intern programs, to promote youth, vigor, new ideas, and to carry out projects beneficial to both the Center’s mission and the students.

For further information about CVM’s "Windows to Research and Regulatory Science" Student Intern Program, please contact Mrs. Bessie M. Cook, 301-594-1792, Ms. Sandra A. Mathews, 301-594-0074, or Dr. Woodrow M. Knight, 301-827-0219.