To be considered for the six-week program, Doran had to submit an essay for a competition with other high school students.
Established in 2003 and supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Discovery to Cure Internship Program’s goal is to expose high school students throughout the world to Yale University’s laboratories, encouraging them to pursue careers in science and medicine. Today, the highly competitive program is also for undergraduate college students and high school teachers.
Throughout her internship, Doran will have access to the Yale’s medical library and other university electronic resources. She will be assigned mentors and will work on projects in a university laboratory after completing lab safety training. She will also be able to attend lectures from university physicians, scientists, and other guests.
At the conclusion of the program, Doran will be required to present her research to other program participants, mentors, Yale University faculty, and family and friends. Several students who have completed the internship program have gone on to present their research work at science fairs and other venues, and about 20 percent have their findings published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.