Annie Thai spends her days downloading and sorting data and looking at MRI scans as part of groundbreaking Parkinson's disease research. She isn't a faculty member or even a graduate student but a teenager enrolled in the Jumpstart Summer Enrichment Program through the Office of Multicultural Affairs at LSU Health Shreveport.
The program is one of several offered to give local students a unique view of an academic medical center. They gain valuable research experience, as well as a stellar resume builder.
Annie's mentor is Associate Professor of Neurology Elizabeth Disbrow, PhD, who says we need to grow more scientists through programs like Jumpstart.
Dr. Disbrow said, "What I hope is that these students will get excited about science and want to pursue it. There are so many interesting jobs in science out there."
After eight weeks of intensive research, Annie and 19 other high school and college students will present their research in a poster presentation.
The event will take place from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Friday, July 25 pm at the Biomedical Research Institute Atrium on 1505 Kings Hwy.
The event is open to the public.
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