Thirty-nine summer interns and special volunteers conducted research in NEI labs during the summer of 2013, working on a variety of different topics in vision research and ophthalmology. These students, from high schools and universities around the country, spent eight to twelve weeks working in labs across the NIH Campus in Bethesda, MD, and the NIH Twinbrook Campus in Rockville, MD.
Once again, NEI hosted students in the Diversity In Vision Research and Ophthalmology (DIVRO) summer program, sponsored by the NEI Office of the Director to promote career development opportunities in vision research for African-American, Latino, and Native American scientists interested in pursuing a scientific or medical career.
In addition to their lab work, students participated in activities such as the Summer Intern Journal Club on Topics in Vision Research and a visit to the NEI Eye Clinic. Additionally, interns had the opportunity in career development seminars and scientific talks organized by the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education.