During the summer of 2023, Dr. Ravishankar and her team, mentored and worked with KEYS Research Intern, Nyreek Thompson, from Palo Verde High Magnet School. Nyreek was paired with Dr. Ravishankar and her lab to learn more about their studies on controlling different pathogenic bacteria with organic methods which directly relates to his primary interest of organic farming.
The team members taught Nyreek microbiological techniques and guided him in performing his own independent research which he presented to friends, family, and the academic community at the Annual KEYS Research Showcase.
The BIO5 Institute’s annual KEYS program is one of Arizona’s premier training programs for high school students interested in developing STEM skills. Over the course of seven-weeks each summer, interns gain experience working on immersive, real-world projects under the mentorship of University of Arizona scientists.
Prior to engaging in the research portion of the program, KEYS interns are immersed in a one-week crash-course on a variety of bioscience and data science techniques, as well as the foundations of science literacy to ensure they have the base knowledge necessary to begin their assigned research projects. They are then each paired with a leading UArizona researcher working in an area of scientific study that they are interested in.
Applications for 2024 KEYS Research Interns are now being accepted and are due in early January.
For more information https://keys.arizona.edu/