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10 college students selected for MMRI Summer Fellowship Program

Posted 6/16/22

The Masonic Medical Research Institute, 2150 Bleecker St., has announced the start of its Summer Fellowship Program for 2022.

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10 college students selected for MMRI Summer Fellowship Program

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UTICA — The Masonic Medical Research Institute, 2150 Bleecker St., has announced the start of its Summer Fellowship Program for 2022, welcoming 10 individuals who represent colleges and universities across the state.

“We are thrilled to have these talented students with us at MMRI this year, each of whom were selected for their scientific prowess and curiosity. This year was especially competitive, as we received 49 applications from highly qualified individuals, the highest number of applications received in our 64-year history,” said Dr. Khanh Ha, Predoctoral Research and Postdoctoral Affairs Program coordinator.

Students in this year’s program are:

  • Yashi Agarwal, Aaron Farley, Yuriy Milobog, and Catherine Hagearty-Mattern, from SUNY Polytechnic Institute;
  • Sandy Thai, from Hamilton College;
  • Dominick Lomonaco and Anna Burkhartzmeyer, from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences;
  • Ryan Soron and Gianna Sisti, from Binghamton University; and
  • Hannah Bochniak, from Hartwick College.

The fellowship program is a hallmark of MMRI’s dedication to education and training, the announcement said, adding the 10-week program immerses undergraduate, graduate, and medical students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) projects, providing students the opportunity to immerse themselves in cutting edge research. Each student is paired with a principal scientist at the institute, and together, work to design a scientific project that complements both the interests of the student and those of the laboratory. The program began on May 20 and will conclude on July 29.

“Throughout the years, the Summer Fellowship Program has been greatly successful; its summer fellows have gone on to become scientists, clinicians, or professionals in business or medical related fields,” the MMRI announcement said, adding the “success could not be possible if not for the generous support of our local sponsors.”

This year, MMRI was received support from M&T Bank/Partners Trust Bank Charitable Fund, facilitated through the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties; Drs. Atul and Amita Butala, sponsors of the Alap Butala Summer Fellowship Fund; the Burrows Foundation; Utica Lodge #47 F.&A.M.; The Cerny Family Trust; Gary T. Forest; Walter R. Leong, and Vincent Cunzio, CPA, treasurer of MMRI Board of Directors.

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