• 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 7 to August 5, 2016 offers a chance to learn, explore, and gain hands‐on experience in a Children’s Hospital Medical Center research laboratory environment for 5 to 7 minority students each summer. Click here for a letter announcing the program that is sent out to all Cincinnati Area High Schools. 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.

    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. 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 Office of Academic Affairs and Career Development, and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

    This program is open to high achieving graduating high school seniors and college freshmen from the Cincinnati tri-state area only. College students from other states who have 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 Lisa Higgins:

    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 26, 2016 to:

    Lisa Higgins
    Children’s Hospital Medical Center, MLC 4000
    3333 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229
    or Lisa.Higgins@cchmc.org

    Questions about the program call Cindy Bachurski at (513) 636-8918
    Questions about the application process call Lisa Higgins at (513) 803-0781 or email: Lisa.Higgins@cchmc.org

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    Dana Thomas working in the lab. Dana graduated from Summit Country Day HS in 2011 and did glioblastoma research with Dr. Lionel Chow. She is currently studying at Oberlin College.

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    BRIMS-Munera-stem-cell-lab-200_jpg

    Dr Jorge Munera provided a group activity in the Stem Cell Lab after his lunch presentation.

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    biomedical-slideshow1-Katie-at-her-poster-200_jpg

    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 in 2014. Katie graduated from William Mason HS and is currently attending the University of Michigan.

    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. Rosario graduated from Lakota West HS in 2012 and is currently attending the Ohio State University.

    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 in 2012. She also shadowed dental residents. Mosep graduated from the University of Cincinnati and will be attending graduate school in the spring.

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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 in 2012. Dr Aliberti has mentored students every summer since the beginning of the BRIMS program.

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    biomedical-slideshow1-200-Adam Miller in the lab

    Adam Miller at work in Lee Grimes' lab. Adam worked in the Division of Experimental Hematology studying cellular pathways associated with leukemia prevention in 2011. Adam will graduate from the University of Cincinnati in 2016 and is applying to Medical School.

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    biomedical-slideshow1-200-Essanna Gray poster

    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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    biomedical-slideshow1-200-Candace in action

    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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    biomedical-slideshow1-200-BRIMS girls at the poster session

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

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    biomedical-slideshow1-200-Karmela Dalisay in action

    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 in 2011. Karmela graduated from Notre Dame University and is now a medical student at Wright State University School of Medicine.

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    biomedical-slideshow1-200-Raymmond Hall poster

    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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    biomedical-slideshow1-200-Arnie and Alexandra

    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. Alex is now a medical student at Meharry Medical College.

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    biomedical-slideshow1-200-Arnie giving Olivia her certificate

    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. Olivia graduated from Washington University in St Louis in 2014 and is now a clinical researcher applying to medical school.

  • Learn More

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    Read an article about our program, including a story about one of our first BRIMS graduates, from the 2014 Community Benefit Report.