• Biomedical Research Internship for Minority Students

    The BRIMS program offers an outstanding science training opportunity for Cincinnati area graduating high school seniors and college freshmen. The program is designed to involve minority students traditionally underrepresented in biomedical careers in cutting‐edge scientific research conducted in an academic medical center to stimulate their interest in pursuing biomedical research careers.
  • This nine‐week program from June 2 to July 31, 2015 offers a chance to learn, explore, and gain hands‐on experience in a Children’s Hospital Medical Center research laboratory environment for up to 5 minority students each summer. Each BRIMS intern will be paired with a research mentor to pursue a 9-week full time basic science, or clinical biomedical research project during the summer. All interns will give a 5-minute Powerpoint presentation of their research project to the group and are encouraged to present a poster at the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Capstone poster competition at the end of the program. Two of the students in the program won awards last summer for their poster presentations.

    In addition to participating in SURF activities, BRIMS interns participate in weekly networking luncheons and shadowing opportunities with minority faculty in several areas of the hospital from surgery to administration. This program is open to high achieving graduating high school seniors and college freshmen from the Cincinnati tri-state area only. Participants may earn up to $2,916 ($8.10/hr) based on the number of hours they work in the laboratory. The BRIMS program is sponsored by the Charlotte R Schmidlapp Center for Career Development and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

    College students with outside funding (ie MARC awards) are also eligible to participate in the program. Please contact Dr. Cindy Bachurski directly about participating with outside funding.

    The BRIMS program is highly competitive. Students must be an identified minority underrepresented in biomedical science careers: African American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander or American Indian. Only US citizens, or green card holders are eligible to apply for the program.

    The BRIMS program targets high achieving students as they graduate from high school or finish the first year of college and have taken multiple science courses (rising Freshmen or Sophomores). We consider high school class rank, GPA, ACT or SAT scores (if available), number of science classes taken, leadership in extracurricular activities and recommendations to narrow the applications to 8-10 finalists. From those, the top five to seven will be matched with mentors based on their personal essays and interviews, depending on funding. All applicants must submit a one-page personal essay describing their career goals and what kind of research they are interested in doing at Cincinnati Children's.

    Please compile and send the following information to Karen Steffen:

    1. Completed Application form (click here for application form) including list of extracurricular activities and leadership positions held, and essay

    2. Official Transcript and two (2) letters of recommendation should be mailed in sealed envelopes to the address below or emailed directly by your school and references to Cindy.Bachurski@cchmc.org

    At least one letter of recommendation should be from a science teacher.

    All application materials must be submitted by mail or email by March 23, 2015 to:

    Cindy Bachurski PhD,
    Children’s Hospital Medical Center, MLC 7001
    3333 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229
    or Cindy.Bachurski@cchmc.org

    Questions call Karen at 513-636-8603 or email: Karen.Steffen@cchmc.org

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    BRIMS students from 2014: Tyanna, Dana, Katie, Ana, Trey, Naomi and Julian.

    Catherine Rojas at her poster. Katie won a third place award in the SURF Capstone poster competition for her work on a mouse model of glioma tumors.

    Emily presenting her prize winning poster
    Emily presenting her prize winning poster

    Emily Gonzales presenting her poster. She graduated from Larry A Ryle High School in 2013 and is attending the University of Notre Dame. Emily worked with Dr. Xiang in the Division of Neurology to visualize the brain’s response to noise in children during migraine headaches using MEG, a noninvasive neuroimaging technique. Emily received an honorable mention for her poster.

    Mykia Kidd photo
    Mykia Kidd photo

    Mykia Kidd at the microscope. Mykia worked in Dr. Keswani’s lab in the Fetal Care Center on the role of the extracellular matrix in wound healing in fetal versus postnatal skin. Mykia graduated from Walnut Hills High School in 2012 and is currently attending UC.

    Selina Garcia
    Selina Garcia

    Selina Garcia is a MARC student from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She studied the effects of pediatric anesthesia on the brain in Dr. Andreas Loepke’s lab in the division of Anesthesia. Selina is a Biology major interested in obtaining a PhD.

    Aliane with her mentor
    Aliane with her mentor

    Aliane Kubwimana graduated from Spring Valley Academy as Valedictorian and Class President in 2012 and is a pre-Med major at Wright State University. She worked in the Division of Hospital and General and Community Medicine on a clinical outcomes study and shadowed Dr. Camille Graham.

    Nicole Rojas
    Nicole Rojas

    Nicole Rojas presenting her poster. She worked with Dr Ron Waclaw in the Division of Experimental Hematology and Cancer Biology in the summer of 2012.

    Nicole recieved honorable mention
    Nicole recieved honorable mention

    Nicole receiving an honorable mention award for her poster presentation at the Capstone event. She graduated from William Mason HS and is now an engineering student at the University of Michigan.

    Rosario loading a gel.
    Rosario loading a gel.

    Rosario Alarcon Cabrera running a PCR gel. Rosario worked in the Division of Allergy Research studying the role of the public smoking ban in Cincinnati on the incidence of asthma.

    Mosep Okonny
    Mosep Okonny

    Mosep Okonny received an honorable mention award for her poster presentation at the Capstone event. She graduated from Mt Healthy High School and worked in Dr Rulang Jiang’s lab studying craniofacial abnormalities in mouse models. She also shadowed dental residents last summer.

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    steven and julio

    Steven Janes graduated from Anderson HS and is now attending the Ohio State University as a Materials Sciences and Engineering major. He worked with Dr Julio Aliberti on a cerebral malaria project. Dr Aliberti has mentored students every summer since the beginning of the BRIMS program.

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    Adam Miller at work in Lee Grimes' lab. Adam worked in the Division of Experimental Hematology studying cellular pathways associated with leukemia prevention.

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    Essanna Gray with her poster. She worked with Dr Aliberti in the Division of Molecular Immunology to study regulation of the immune response to tuberculosis. Essanna presented her poster at the National ABRCMS meeting in St Louis and won a prize. Congratulations Essanna!

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    Candace Clark discussing her poster with Dr Sawtell. Candace worked in Dr Julio Aliberti’s lab studying the immune response to Toxoplasma infection. She was sponsored by the CTSA.

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    Some 2010 BRIMS students taking a break at the Capstone Poster Competition: Olivia, Hope, and Alexandra

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    Felicia Rinaldi with her poster. She worked with Dr Masato Nakafuku in the Division of Developmental Biology on neural stem cell differentiation in the developing brain.

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    Karmela Dalisay presenting her poster. Karmela worked with Dr. Chiou-Fen Chuang studying the role of potassium channels in neuron cell fate in the round worm C elegans.

    biomedical-slideshow1-200-Raymmond Hall poster
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    Raymmond Hall with his poster. He worked with Dr Robert Hinton in the Division of Cardiology studying TGF beta signaling in the aortic valves of transgenic mouse models of heart disease.

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    Arnie Strauss presenting Alexandra Burnett's certificate in 2010. Alex worked with Dr Lionel Chow in the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute studying a mouse model of brain cancer.

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    Arnie Strauss presenting Olivia Jordan's certificate in 2010. Olivia worked with Monica Mitchell PhD, in the Division of Clinical Psychology doing health disparities and community based research.

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    Arnie Strauss presenting Michelle Mugwambi's certificate in 2011. Michele worked with Dr. Zaza Kuchua studying heart disease in transgenic mouse models.