The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) announced the award of a $380,000 grant from the Helios Education Foundation to create the Helios Scholars Program at TGen. The program provides stipend funding for 50 qualified high school, undergraduate and graduate students who compete for the opportunity to gain hands-on research experience as summer interns under the guidance of a TGen mentor. The eight-week program supports students from all backgrounds in their efforts to develop foundational skills as they pursue careers in science or medical-related fields. The Helios Education Foundation, considered the largest education foundation in Arizona, has donated more than $10 million to Arizona’s educational programs since its establishment in 2004.
“TGen’s summer program allows students from all backgrounds the opportunity to experience and apply the speed and caliber of cutting-edge research as they continue their educational experience. The only prerequisite is a love of science and learning,” said Dr. Jeffrey Trent, TGen President.
“After meeting with researchers at TGen and learning about TGen’s summer internship program, I believe this is an opportunity for Helios to support science education and advance educational opportunities in Arizona,” said Vince Roig, Chairman and CEO of the Helios Education Foundation. “We are extremely excited to partner with TGen in its endeavor to train the next generation of genomic scientists.” [Note: To read the full article, click here.]