Shaunte Hill - LSAMP Program Intern

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY


At the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, I work as an intern for Dr. Kelton Clark, the LSAMP Coordinator for the National Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.  The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation is a program that promotes and works to increase the number of minority undergraduate students studying natural sciences and going into fields of environmental research.  This internship has served as a promising and rewarding experience as I have implemented a web-accessible database onto a newly developed web page.  It plans to give LSAMP students as well as future LSAMP scholars, faculty, and coordinators an opportunity to develop relationships with Smithsonian scientists and researchers.

The goal of the LSAMP program has been to form relationships between LSAMP institutions with the Smithsonian.  It is crucial that the LSAMP student walks away from an internship experience with hopes to continue on their projects and maintain contact with a scientist at the Smithsonian who is linked according to fields of study with an LSAMP professor.  In working to get this program off and running, 18 Summer Bridge Students from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore took a tour of the facilities and labs located at SERC.  In organizing this event, I hoped to give the minority freshmen students exposure to the opportunities available to them in the fields of environmental science.  It is imperative that the next generation is aware of and able to have research-based experience that will carry them on to future scientific work in the biological and natural sciences. 

Entering my fourth year of college at the Rochester Institute of Technology as a Civil Engineering Technology major, I have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience at SERC.  I am confident that I will continue to engender the importance of science-based research and work to increase the numbers of minorities who work to further their education in scientific studies.

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