Wistar Institute to Recognize Local High School Students

Wistar Institute to Recognize Local High School Students

June 10, 2008

(PHILADELPHIA—June 11, 2008) – The Wistar Institute will honor the winners of its high school biology essay contest and recognize those accepted into its Summer Fellowship Program in Biomedical Research at an award ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 11. Twelve essay contest winners, as well as fifteen high school fellows, from the Philadelphia School District will be honored at the Wistar Institute, 3601 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, Pa.

The Honorable James R. Roebuck, Pennsylvania Representative for the 188th District, will preside over the ceremony, at which both the 2008 and 2007 essay contest first-prize winners will read their essays. The 2008 winner, Michael Gorokhovsky, of Bustleton, Pa., a sophomore at George Washington High School, will read his paper, “HIV/AIDS,” while 2007 winner Dante Galzarano of Shawmont, Pa., a junior at Julia R. Masterman High School, will read his essay, “Genetic Research on Autism.” First-place winners received $500, and their schools each received $500 for laboratory and teaching supplies. The Hassel Foundation sponsors the contest.

The 2008 and 2007 Wistar Institute Summer Fellows will also be honored. Launched in 1994, the eight-week fellowship program allows students to become directly involved in experimental biological research by working with scientists at Wistar. Specifically, students work on active research projects in areas such as cancer genetics, control of tumor progression, and vaccine development. The program accepts highly motivated students who demonstrate an interest in science-related fields of study. The Hassel Foundation and GlaxoSmithKline sponsor the program. 

“Educating the next generation of scientific researchers is an important part of Wistar’s mission,” says Russel E. Kaufman, M.D., president and CEO of Wistar. “Through our essay contest and fellowships for high school students, we hope to encourage and support interest in science among our area’s young people.”

The 2008 Wistar Institute Summer Fellows are Eva Bugos, Julia R. Masterman High School; Jessica Grier, George Washington Carver High School of Engineering & Science; Eva Jiang, Northeast High School; Georgia Karmee, Motivation High School; Thomas Madej, Saint Joseph Preparatory School; Yuwen Wang, Strath Haven High School; and Ross D. Wistar, Germantown Friends School.

The 2007 summer fellows were Manjima Dhar, Julia R. Masterman High School; Marcelina Garcia and Esteban Sanlate, Marianna Bracetti Academy Charter School; Eva Jiang and Khail Van, Northeast High School; Georgia Karmee, Motivation High School; Fatima Mohammed, George Washington Carver High School; and Richard Stark, Lower Merion High School.

The fellowships and essay contest aim to promote science education and encourage the pursuit of science careers by Philadelphia-area students.

The Wistar Institute is an international leader in biomedical research with special expertise in cancer research and vaccine development. Founded in 1892 as the first independent nonprofit biomedical research institute in the country, Wistar has long held the prestigious Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute. The Institute works actively to transfer its inventions to the commercial sector to ensure that research advances move from the laboratory to the clinic as quickly as possible. The Wistar Institute: Today’s Discoveries – Tomorrow’s Cures. On the web at www.wistar.org