MVSU senior selected for rigorous paid internship

May 21, 2018

ITTA BENA, Miss.— A Mississippi Valley State University student will spend his summer break preparing for his future with a rigorous paid internship through the Mississippi Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (MS-INBRE).

Senior Biology major Stephon Simpson of Indianola, Miss., has accepted an internship at the University of Southern Mississippi in the area of Microbiology, under the direction of Dr. Mohamed Elasari through the MS-INBRE program.

The 11-week training kicked off May 11 and will include training in basic laboratory techniques, ethics, biosafety, bioinformatics and professional career development.

An aspiring medical doctor, Simpson said he’s grateful for the opportunity.

“Attending MS-INBRE will sharpen my scientific research skills, increase my network capacity, and it’s also something that could be added to my resume’ for job placements after graduation,” he said. I’m truly thankful for this awesome opportunity because I get a chance to represent my HBCU.”

MS-INBRE is a network of colleges and universities designed to reach out to Mississippians and other talented researchers that will increase the state’s competitiveness as well as the impact on citizen’s health.

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