Senior Cammy Truong was one of only six high school students accepted into the Aspirnaut Summer Research Internship Program at the University of Michigan. It immerses these students and two undergrads in hands-on research in the Life Sciences. Three of the students were from New Mexico, three were from Michigan and one was from Arkansas. She worked in a biomedical facility that works specifically on blood clotting factors. “Generally, I looked into the processes by which proteins are synthesized and exported out from the cell.”
Her six weeks on campus gave her a true college-life experience. Students stayed in a dorm, went to the lab for eight hours every day and had plenty of time to tour the campus. She loved the research and lab experience. “ It went from June 17 - July 27 and ended with a presentation from each student on their research. She worked alongside her professor and other graduate students with innovative technology. “This research experience was amazing. I love that I can manipulate at a molecular level and be able to see and understand the results that I get out of it.” At the conclusion of the program, each student built a presentation to share their research findings for their peers, program mentors and visitors.
During this upcoming school year, she will continue conducting research with Dr. Springstead at Western Michigan University and hopes to present her research the Michigan High School Math and Science Symposium. She is interested in one day attending medical school but plans to do research as an undergraduate in college.