NIH Community College Summer Enrichment Program (CCSEP)

[ Music ]>>Hey, so hi, my name is Zaw, and I’m from Fremont,
California. I’m transferring
from Ohlone College, from Fremont to UCLA this fall. You know, obviously, the lab
experience is very valuable. You know, the NIH is
premier for medical research. So the facilities here, the
equipment here, you know, the science here is great, but
apart from that, so I got to, you know, meet mission
directors, co-directors, representatives from all these
schools, from all these programs that I’m interested
in, and these seminars, research seminars that, you
know, I learn about the scope of work that’s not just in
my research interest, but, you know, in all these
different fields as well. [ Music ]>>Hi, my name is Maya, and I go to Northern Virginia Community
College, Manassas, Virginia, and I’m trying to transfer
after the fall semester to TCU or George Washington University. I didn’t have research
experience. I think the most research I had in my community college was just
finding out whether it’s the DNA or the protein that
makes [inaudible] grow. That’s it. It’s a really good
experience, at least for me. And I met tons of
friends, so [inaudible]. [ Music ]>>My name is Felix Contreras, and I attend Atlantic
Cape Community College and I’m a current
transfer student to University of Pennsylvania. I had no research experience
whatsoever before I came to CSEP. Nine weeks here at the NIH,
I can tell you it is not, you know, [inaudible] that
I thought it would be. It’s actually — it’s
actually a lot of fun. It’s very — a very
[inaudible] feel. You’re always learning
something. You’re learning how
to communicate better with other scientists
and other fellow doctors. You’re putting yourself
in positions that you never thought
you would put yourself. You’re presenting a lot. You’re reading a lot. You are — you’re doing a
lot of analysis, experiments. They actually kind of shape the
way how research is in general, in my head, that research can
literally be anything you really want, especially
in the sciences. Oh, my goodness, it
just — it never ends. It’s just — it’s unlimited
data, unlimited info, so much that we need
to learn and so much that we’re projecting
to the future. The way I look at research now
is nothing the way I looked at it when I first came in. It’s completely mind-blowing. [ Music ]>>Hi, my name is Naomi. I am from [inaudible],
California. I am actually transferring
— I’m in the CSEP program and I’m transferring next year. So the amount of research, I would say for benchtop
research, zero. Even if you’re not into lab
research before you came in, even if you’re [inaudible]
lab, it’s amazing. That’s all I can say. If I could just summarize, I can
say a lot of things about it. It’s amazing. So one of the most amazing
experiences I’ve ever had, lab research. [ Music ]>>Hi, I’m Leanna Ramos. I’m studying — well, I graduated from Miami-Dade
College and now I’m transferring to St. Thomas University
in Florida. Before coming here, I had
no research experience, so the CSEP program was great. I had great mentors who were
aware that I had no experience, but even though they still tried
to help me and tried to guide me to learn about not only
science but to learn — to learn about my
career opportunities, and because of that, I appreciate the learning
process even more. [ Music ]>>So I’m Joshua Dodge. I just graduated from Northern
Virginia Community College, and I spent my summer here,
and next summer I’m going to be transferring into a
small college in Roanoke, Jefferson College
of Health Sciences. Before coming to this program, I actually didn’t have any
research experience at all, so this is my first
experience in research entirely, and it’s been awesome. And being at the NIH, there’s so
much resource available to you that you just don’t have
normally, so I actually got to meet — I’m thinking about
also becoming a surgeon, and I got to interview
and meet a surgeon here at the NIH who’s doing research
right now, so I got to meet with her, like discuss
for a couple of hours just what she does and
stuff like that, and it turned into like a mentor/mentee
relationship very quickly, so now I have her
email and we — she invites me to email her
whenever I have questions. [ Music ]>>If you’re thinking
about research, just apply. You know, ten weeks is really
a short time and, you know, this could be the deciding
factor whether, you know, research is for you or not. So I’ll say just go for it.>>Considering sciences
or medicine or anything in such sort, this is something
you should definitely take advantage of because
it is a life — once in a lifetime opportunity,
because once you’re gone from the community
college, that’s it. It’s no more.>>[Inaudible] because
you [inaudible]. I just applied. I didn’t know if I was going to
get in or not, but I applied, applied to the program and
to expect the best because he or she — even if he or she
does not have [inaudible], he or she can gain it
through this program.>>What else can you
possibly do in a summer that would be better than this? I just can’t think of much. So being at the NIH and doing
research really opens — it doesn’t just open the
opportunity up to research. It really opens it up to any
kind of health-related area that you could possibly
want to go into. So just having this experience
really opens your mind up to so much more than just research. So I think if you have the
chance to come to NIH regardless of what you want to
do, as long as it’s in stem-related stuff, come. [Laughs]. [ Music ]

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