JBEI high school interns win two Biotech Partners awards

August 17, 2016

From left: mentor Tess Scavuzzo-Duggan with Feedstocks intern Ananda Brooks, winner of “Best Poster – Overall.

JBEI partnered with Biotech Partners (BP) this summer for a second year by providing internships to five high school students. The mission of the non-profit Biotech Partners is to educate underserved youth in the Bay Area with personal, academic and professional development experiences that increase participation in higher education and access to fulfilling science careers.

The Biotech Partners interns, 66 in total, presented their posters at a competition and celebration this past Saturday, August 13 at Berkeley High School.

For a second year in a row BP students who interned at JBEI won awards. This year Ananda Brooks from the Feedstocks Division won “Best Poster – Overall” and Emara Shabir who interned at the Fuels Synthesis Division won “Most Educational Poster”. JBEI’s Communications and Outreach Manager, Irina Silva won “Outstanding Partner Award”.

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Fuels Synthesis intern Emara Shabir winner of “Most Educational Poster Award”.

Congratulations to all BP students who interned at JBEI:

  • Ananda Brooks (Best Poster), mentor: Tess Scavuzzo-Duggan, Graduate Student Research Assistant, Feedstocks Division
  • Dominik Bodi, mentor: Ramana Pidatala, Research Associate, Feedstocks Division
  • Emara Shabir (Most Educational Poster), mentor: David Ando, Post Doctoral Researcher, Fuels Synthesis Division
  • Joshua Guiman, mentor: Arthur Panganiban, Computer Systems Engineer, Operations
  • Tuul Chuluunsukh (Finalist), mentor: Jesus Barajas, Post Doctoral Researcher, Fuels Synthesis Division