Upper level students who have participated in the BioDECIDE program were eligible for placement in a six-week paid summer internship at a University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine research facility. The internship provided them with field experience that helped them make informed choices for college, while at the same time made them more eligible candidates when they apply to colleges.

Students interested in applying for an internship attended a preparatory seminar at the Museum at which the UM Assistant Director for the Office of Professional Development & Career Guidance reviewed the application process, provided guidance on preparation of research-oriented resumes, and reviewed successful interviewing strategies by participating in mock interviews. At the seminar, students also heard directly from UM undergraduates or Upward Bound alumni who had worked as research interns.

Prospective interns were interviewed by the department chairperson or head of the lab in which they would be working, prior to being assigned to a research associate, graduate student, or other mentor for training. In all of the placements, students were trained in research methods or medical protocols. Upon completion of the six-week internship, students presented a final report documenting their experiences and achievements.


Nicolette Barthelemy ('09)
Autism
UM-NSU Center for Autism & Related Disorder


Dario Blanc ('09)
Speech Pathology
UM Debbie School



Shantrel Bowe ('07)
Pediatrics
Mailman Center for Child Development


Kathia Dumelle ('09)
Surgical Oncology
UM Miller School of Medicine



Daniela Flores ('08)
Physical Therapy
Jackson Memorial Hospital


Nancy Flores ('08)
Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Miami
Mailman Center for Child Development



Obiama Obiaguzor ('09)
Biomedical Computing
UM Miller School of Medicine


Laroche Philocles ('07)
Physical Therapy
Jackson Memorial Hospital



Leah Pinto ('07)
Pediatric Neurosurgery
Miami Children's Hospital


Julio Pinto ('08)
Environmental Health & Safety
UM Miller School of Medicine



Branden Quetant ('08)
Biomedical Computing
UM Miller School of Medicine


Allen Quetant ('08)
Surgery
Ryder Trauma Center ('08)



Marc Valme ('07)
Surgery
Ryder Trauma Center

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