The Education Program is an integral component of the Vaccine Center. The summer internship program provides Louisiana students with an intensive research experience in the areas of immunology and vaccines.
The program exposes students to cutting edge research and provides an introduction to graduate school as well as preparing them for careers in basic and translational research. Students learn about the scientific process, learn how to design experiments and to analyze and interpret data; furthermore, they gain valuable hands on bench experience.
The summer program is modeled after the NIH Summer Internship Program and has three main components. Students work directly with faculty and graduate students on a research project. They learn by doing. The second component of the program encompasses didactic learning through seminars, journal clubs and lab meetings.
The program hosts a seminar series that covers a variety of topics related to vaccine research. Special seminars cover the responsible conduct of research and presentation skills. The third part of the program is the Summer Research Poster Session.
At the end of the summer, the students present their research results at a poster session that is attended by students from other labs and the mentors and the other members of their labs. Students are taught how to put a poster together and how to effectively present their data.