Several interns reflected on the work experience they gained during their time at the command.
“I wanted the opportunity not only to learn but contribute while doing so,” said Dominic Pistone, a rising sophomore at Wright State University. “I heard this was a place where I would be able to do both.”
Jon Simmel, master’s degree candidate at Ohio State University, agreed with the sentiment.
“The best part has been the freedom I’ve been given to creatively tackle interesting problems,” said Simmel. “The principal investigators have been gracious enough to allow me the opportunity to apply my engineering and design knowledge to develop methodologies for a study rather than simply executing it.”
For Daniel McHail, a SMART scholar and neuroscience doctorate student, the internship was just the beginning of his time with NAMRU-Dayton, which was “his top choice when [he] applied through the SMART program.” McHail will return to the command as a civilian scientist employee once he completes his degree.
“This internship has allowed me to rotate through so much of the aerospace medical laboratories here which will definitely inform the projects I develop when I return as a principle investigator next year
Talented STEM students can learn more about opportunities with ORISE (https://orise.orau.gov/careers/index.html) and the SMART (http://smartscholarship.org/) program by visiting them online. Additionally, NAMRU-Dayton is a registered laboratory on the Office of Naval Research's Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (https://nreip.asee.org/labs/naval_medical_research_unit__dayton__oh_) and is looking for summer 2019 NREIP participants.
To learn more about Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton, visit the command website (https://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmrc/Dayton) and connect on Facebook @NavalMedicalResearchUnitDayton (https://www.facebook.com/navalmedicalresearchunitdayton/) and Twitter @NAMRUDayton (https://twitter.com/NAMRUDayton).