We are celebrating 10 years of LHSI. Scroll down to see what current interns, alumni, staff, and mentors want you to know about the program. We’ll be posting about significant dates in LHSI history, tips from people who have been out of the program for many years, secrets behind our success and so much more. Follow us on social media for updates!
Lena and I have immensely enjoyed composing communication for the LHSI blog and social media avenues this year. As we graduate and move on to the next steps in our lives, we look back and relish our time with LHSI. This work has been invaluable to our experiences and we will be forever grateful to the program and to Brandi.
Did you know that 93% our former interns graduated from IUPUI within four years? Many of them go on to graduate and professional school!
We featured blog posts from current interns, as well as more alumni and even mentors. The 2017-18 LHSI application closed on March 8, 2017. At that time, the LHSI staff had to process applications in a hurry to send off to the advisory team before spring break. The staff then described their spring break plans on the blog and shared articles about what to do about work over break. We had spring ePDP chats and advertised for the poster session. Brandi compiled demographic statistics about this year’s applicant pool and posted them on the blog in an infographic. Some more interesting posts can be found below:
Not only did many LHSI students rank in the Top 100, but three alumni ranked in this year’s Top 10 IUPUI Students. We congratulated them on the blog. We also congratulated one of the LHSI mentors who is taking rodents to space and another who was named in the Indianapolis Business Journal’s Forty Under Forty. We awarded LHSI swag to intern blog participants and did another LHSI t-shirt day. As always, we posted quotes from interns, alumni, and mentors. April also saw Student Employee Appreciation Week. Particularly special this month, we did a countdown to the poster session series of blog posts, including previous programs and t-shirts, a presentation on professional dress, quotes, an abstract from a current intern, advice from alumni, questions to ask interns at the session itself, a video from alumni,
LHSI officially turned 10 on January 2, 2017! To celebrate, the LHSI staff had a party (complete with birthday cake) and featured this celebration on the blog:
Also in January on the blog, we featured an intern’s recount of using the LHSI travel grant to attend a conference with his mentor in Georgia. We advertised for the Chance to Advance networking event and LHSI Information Sessions for the application. The LHSI staff described what fun things we did over the holiday break. We featured quotes from LHSI alumni and Martin Luther King, Jr. And finally, the 2017-18 LHSI Application went live on January 24, 2017! For more notable features from January’s blog posts, see the links below:
In February, we wished two senior ambassadors happy birthdays by posting their alumni quotes. We did a series of “did you know…” application facts for potential LHSI applicants, highlighting the importance of using the LHSI Canvas site, career services, and information sessions. We also focused on networking, posting articles with tips and hosting the Chance to Advance event. More notable posts are below:
Thanks, IUPUI, for helping us celebrate the end of our tenth year with this feature:
Did you know LHSI has a travel grant that current interns and recent alumni can apply for? The deadline is Friday, May 19 (two weeks from today!). For more details, check the intern Canvas site or Alumni Council Canvas site.
Congratulations to 2017 Student Supervisor of the Year, Imranul Alam (LHSI mentor), 2017 Student Employee of the Year, Roshni Patel (LHSI 2015-16), and 2017 Bowling-Jones Russo Memorial Undergraduate Research Award winner, Dana Oakes (LHSI 2015-16)!
(L to R: Dana Oakes, Dr. Imranul Alam, Caylin Billingsley, Roshni Patel, Dr. Uma Sankar)
Here’s a look back in history of some of our previous award winners…
2016 Student Employee Team of the Year: Kami Walters (2013-14), Macy Ballard (2014-15), Kyle McElyea (2014-15), Lena Peters (2014-15)
2013 Student Supervisor of the Year: Lyne Racette (LHSI mentor)
2012 Bowling-Jones Russo Memorial Undergraduate Research Award: Tomas Meijome (LHSI 2010-11)
2010 Bowling-Jones Russo Memorial Undergraduate Research Award: Garrett Windsor (LHSI 2009-10)
2009 Student Employee of the Year: Adam Hooker (LHSI 2008-09)
My internship would not be the same without the social dynamic we have. I am a very lucky intern because my site is not only a professional workplace, but also a place where I can chit chat and listen to music with my PI. Even when we get busy, (right now we are meeting deadlines as well as packing up the lab and moving to another building), my PI still thinks it’s important to take breaks to let loose. We consistently play music out loud to make packing up/working more fun, and laugh over the small mundane things. Even amongst all the deadlines we must make, little mistakes and mess-ups do not get chastised or linger. My PI lets me learn from them myself and lets ME make the judgement call based on how severe that mistake is. Her approach on teaching me helps to build a friendly environment, where we can openly discuss anything. The lab is never silent for long, as we are always chatting about school, our hometowns, and the latest fashions. I know not every site may have this dynamic, but I sure am lucky that mine is. I love working there so much that I have applied for a UROP grant to continue working in the summer.
Kanokwan Jiffy Bishop is a biomedical engineering major in the School of Engineering and Technology and is interning with Dr. Hiromi Tanaka.
Day 9: Check out this video from LHSI Alumni 2015-16 Ayo Otun to hear about his specific project that he presented at the poster session last year and about his experience as an intern overall!