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The Henry G. Steinbrenner Scholars Program

Henry G. Steinbrenner Scholars Program
Henry G. Steinbrenner Scholars Program

The next HGS summer program is slated to start again in May 2023.

The mission of The Henry G. Steinbrenner Scholars Program is to train the next generation of neuroscientists focused on developing new treatments and cures for some of the world’s most complex neurological diseases including traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.

The Henry G. Steinbrenner Scholars Program is a prestigious and professional internship where the students are actively involved in the research and are working directly with the Principal Investigator.  Since its inception, The Miami Project has trained more than 500 post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and visiting scholars.  These positions provide an opportunity for exceptional students to work in state-of-the-art research laboratories.  Utilizing their knowledge and laboratory skills, students take on specific functions and projects as part of a multidisciplinary team.  By developing undergraduate and graduate students into the fields of science, research, medicine, and engineering, The Miami Project is increasing the number of scientists and laboratories around the world working to obtain the knowledge to initiate new discoveries and clinical trials.

PROGRAM

The Henry G. Steinbrenner Scholars Program is a prestigious 10-week in-person neurotrauma-based summer internship where students actively participate in the research taking place at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. These positions provide an opportunity for exceptional students to work in state-of-the-art research laboratories, utilizing their knowledge and laboratory skills to take on specific functions and projects as part of a multidisciplinary team.

The faculty will select 8 to 12 local undergraduate students to participate in the program Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week. Students will be matched with a Miami Project faculty member and will actively work on research projects in his/her laboratory.

In addition, students will attend three weekly one-hour sessions. Monday’s “focus session” will introduce a different area of research, related to spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, or other neuropathology. Content will be reinforced on Wednesdays by way of a one-hour journal club, led by a faculty member or by an appointed post-doctoral fellow or senior graduate student from his/her laboratory. A career development session will be held on Friday mornings to round out each week.

At the end of the 10-week program, students will participate in a special “Henry G. Steinbrenner Scholars Research Day” held on the final day of the program. Students will deliver a short presentation of their research project, followed by a poster session. Faculty, students, post-doctoral fellows, and scientific staff will be invited to attend this event and an award will be presented to the winner of the poster session.

Applications for the 2023 Henry G. Steinbrenner Scholar Program will be available beginning Thursday, December 1, 2022

 


REMOTE PROGRAM DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Rather than cancel the Student Research Intern Program due to the Coronavirus and quarantine restrictions, Miami Project transformed it to operate remotely. During the summer of 2021, 54 college students from across the country participated, rather than the usual 12 students living in Miami.

The program was conducted via Zoom three times a week. There were lectures by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine faculty and discussions which showcased the breadth of research carried out by The Miami Project. Topics included the neurocognitive effects of concussion, pain in neurotrauma, biomedical engineering, and drug discovery. Also included are career development sessions on writing grants and CVs, presenting effectively, and communicating science.