SACNAS Science Scholar Earns Internship at NIH

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013

594 David at 2012 SACNASCongratulations to David Supeck on his admittance to the Intramural AIDS Research Fellowship (IARF) at the National Institute of Health (NIH)! David is currently a graduate student at Oklahoma State University and a SSNAP Scholar.

SACNAS staff Annabel Ortiz caught up with David to talk about what he is looking forward to at the NIH.

Q: What motivated you to apply to the NIH Summer Research Fellowship?

During the 2012 SACNAS National Conference, I learned of the opportunity to conduct summer research at the NIH after speaking with Dr. David Wilson and attending an NIH workshop. [Dr. Wilson is the Director of American Indian Affairs & Policy at SACNAS.] I became very interested because the NIH is devoted to biomedical research and encompasses my interest in immunology.

After the conference, I visited the NIH intramural website and emailed the Director of the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education for further information. I thought that going to the NIH for the summer would be a great environment to explore science research and gain a deeper understanding of scientific work from leading scientists.

Q: What resources did you use for the application process?

During the application process I utilized all of the NIH resources such as videos, FAQ sheets, and the Intramural Investigator Database. I also reached out to several of my mentors throughout the process.

Q: What do you hope to obtain with this internship?

Overall, I believe that this opportunity at the NIH will expand my research knowledge, abilities, and future as a research scientist. While there, I hope to spend the summer learning new techniques, using the most advanced cutting-edge instruments, and interacting with scientists in my field.

Q: What are you most excited about seeing while in Washington D.C?

I hope to spend a few weekends exploring the Smithsonian Museums, walking through Georgetown, and visiting the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.

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