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Posted on 29th May 2018 | GeneralNews

Anna pictured with Science teachers, Mrs S. McGee and Miss S. McCloskey, and Ms R. McKernan (Examinations Officer).

A Year 13 student from St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt has been awarded a place on the Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Programme (HOPP) at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York.  

Having submitted an application for the popular summer internship, Anna O’Kane will travel to the USA at the end of June to spend eight weeks working with a team of scientists carrying out cancer research in the Lab of Marc Ladanyi, MD.

Each year, thousands of students apply for a place on the HOPP programme with less than 30 places available.  In addition to conducting their own research projects, students participate in a number of other activities.  They are given a tour of an OR, are taught by a postdoctoral fellow about how to read and interpret a scientific journal article, attend multiple special seminars, and are invited to weekly luncheons hosted by principal investigators. The goals of the Summer Student Programme are to expose high school students to a breadth of cancer research in the basic and clinical sciences, promote the students’ knowledge about translational and clinical research, and enhance their critical thinking skills, with the aim of encouraging them to further their interest in science and cancer research.