Summer 2013 Interns
Shelly Donna- Professional Opportunities Program for Students (POPS)
Shelly is a graduate from Oak Ridge High School moving on to Howard University. There she hopes to major in neurology with a minor in Mass Communications. Along with furthering her education, she hopes to join the Lady Bisons’ Top Track Team doing the 400m dash and hurdles.
Summer 2012 Interns
University of South Florida, Sophomore
Niharika Yerrapragada is an undergraduate student of the Honors College at University of South Florida. She is a sophomore pursuing a degree in Biomedical Sciences. Niharika graduated from Legacy High School as the valedictorian of her class. Upon graduation, she was selected as a research fellow for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), an institute of NIH, located at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Center in Baltimore, MD. She had the honor of working with Dr. Satoshi Ikemoto in the Behavioral Neuroscience Branch. After attending USF, she continued with her keen interest in research as an undergraduate research assistant at the NeuroStructural Research Laboratories with Dr. Ronald Mervis. Niharika is also part of Pre-American Medical Student Association, Honors Student Council, Rotaract and Women in Need organizations at USF. Aside from serving as an intern with Dr. St. Louis, Niharika volunteers at Give Kids the World organization where she helps children with life-threatening illnesses and their families from around the world gain a memorable experience. In the future, Niharika plans to attend Medical School and give back to the community through all her endeavors. She believes that success is not simply given, but instead acquired through perseverance.
Kisha L. Burgess
Medical School Candidate 2012-2013
University of Central Florida, Senior
As a graduating senior at the University of Central Florida, Kisha Burgess has majored in Biology and minored in Health Sciences. During the summer of her freshman year, she attended Howard University’s Summer Medical and Dental Education Program. Throughout her college career she has been an active member and held several leadership roles, including President, in the Student National Medical Association’s Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students. Kisha has planned several events designed to enhance the minority and Florida matriculants into medical school through events such as UCF’s Annual Medical School Admissions Symposium, which was honored as UCF’s Event of the Year in 2011. Aside from serving as an intern with Dr. St. Louis, she also serves as a mentor with UCF’s College of Medicine’s Health Leaders Scholars Program to high school sophomores of Jones High School that aspire to be future health care leaders. In the future, Kisha looks forward to serving her community as a pediatrician. Concurrently, Kisha desires to open a facility designed to harvest the potential in adolescents and teens by sharpening their skills, enhancing their health and improving their academics.