High School Programs

  • 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.
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    Program Details

    This nine‐week program from June 3 to August 4, 2014 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 will be 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 honorable mention recognition 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 $2,880 ($8/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.

    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.

    Selection Criteria

    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 will be matched with mentors based on their personal essays and interviews. 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.


  • Emily presenting her prize winning poster
    Mykia Kidd photo
    Selina Garcia
    Aliane with her mentor
    Nicole Rojas
    Nicole recieved honorable mention
    Rosario loading a gel.
    Mosep Okonny
    steven and julio
    biomedical-slideshow150X40-Adam Miller in the lab
    biomedical-slideshow1-50X40-Essanna Gray poster
    biomedical-slideshow1-50X40-Candace in action
    biomedical-slideshow1-50X40-BRIMS girls at the poster session
    biomedical-slideshow1-50X40-Felicias poster
    biomedical-slideshow1-50X40-Karmela Dalisay in action
    biomedical-slideshow1-50X40-Raymmond Hall poster
    biomedical-slideshow1-50X40-Arnie and Alexandra
    biomedical-slideshow1-50X40-Arnie giving Olivia her certificate
    Biomedical-slideshow1-50X40-Michele Mugwambi certificate
 
  • Application Closed

    The application for the 2014 Biomedical Research Internship for Minority Students is now closed. For information about the 2015 program, please check back in early 2015.

  • Contact Us

    If you have questions about the program or the application process, please contact:

    Karen Steffen
    513-636-8603
    Karen.Steffen@cchmc.org

    Cindy Bachurski
    513-636-8918
    Cindy.Bachurski@cchmc.org