Three Pine-Richland alumni were selected for a summer research internship program at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. This internship program was an eight-week paid program. Alumni who participated included Chelsea Carver who graduated in 2018 and is attending school at the University of Pittsburgh, Gwendolyn George who graduated in 2017 and is attending Chatham University, and Emily Hrach who also graduated in 2017 and is attending the University of Michigan.
The internship program is designed for undergraduate, graduate, or medical students from any college who want to learn about the many aspects of biomedical research by conducting studies under the supervision of experienced researchers. This elite program brings in about 500 applicants from all over the country and only 49 students are selected.
Each participant conducted different research through the help of mentoring doctors. Chelsea Carver conducted research in pediatric pulmonology through the cooperation of Dr. John Alcorn of Gibsonia. Gwendolyn George studied pediatric pulmonology under the mentorship of Dr. Kevin Robinson. Emily Hrach did research in the area of developmental biology under the mentoring of Dr. Yijen Wu.
The internship had a three-hour poster session that was judged by a panel of scientific researchers and Chelsea Carver placed fourth. Carver also led a clinical quality improvement project for the division of allergy and immunology under the direction of Dr. Hey Chong.