APRIL 2, 2014 - Shannon Glynn (NHS’16), a human science sophomore, has been accepted for a summer research internship with the National Institute on Aging’s Laboratory of Neurogenetics.
“I’ve always known the NIH was a great resource for opportunities in science and did some research when I began applying for internships,” she says. “This program seemed like a great opportunity to gain some experience doing bench science research, especially at a well-known institution researching relevant and important topics, and so I decided to apply.”
Glynn says she hopes the internship will expand her research capabilities and inform her future career direction. She will be contributing to research on the molecular genetics of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and frontotemporal dementia.
“I don't have much bench science research experience, so I truly hope to gain a foundation to work off of,” she says. “Additionally, since I am very interested in pursuing a career in the genetic field, I hope that exposure to research in the [laboratory] will give me insight into if this is potentially something I would like to continue working on in the future,” she says.
At Georgetown, Glynn and another student are in the beginning stages of a research project about tobacco along with Joan Burggraf Riley (NHS’76, G’97), MS, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, FAAN, associate professor of human science and nursing.
She says she is enjoying her time at the School of Nursing & Health Studies.
“The Human Science Program, and the NHS as a whole, is a community that supports and enable students to reach their fullest potential,” she says. “I love that I know my fellow human science majors well, and I have found some of my closest friends in the NHS. I have also found that the professors in the NHS are very hands-on and care about getting to know their students and supporting them in any way they can.”
By Bill Cessato