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2021 Arkansas Children's Hospital Stella Boyle Smith Summer Science Scholar Awards Announced

Episcopal has a unique opportunity for rising seniors. Episcopal has partnered with Arkansas Children's Hospital and the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute to offer four summer science fellowships. Episcopal is the only school invited to participate in these phenomenal programs, for which we are extremely grateful.

Previously this school year, the community heard a chapel talk by Adanna Mogbo describing her experiences in the Arkansas Children's program that she virtually participated in last summer.

Applications for these fellowships were accepted in January and the selection of student fellows was made by the Science Department based on the applicant's science acumen and enthusiasm, their ability to work independently and be self-advocates, how adept they are in working on a team, and their demonstrated commitment to the Episcopal Collegiate values of Respect, Reverence, and Responsibility.

Unfortunately, the Coronavirus has impacted these programs. The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute will not be able to support internships this summer. Arkansas Children's Hospital, however, is in the process of determining what form their internships will take and hope to offer meaningful experiences for the participants.

The students who will fellowship at Arkansas Children's Hospital will spend eight weeks paired with a mentor and will participate in various ways with their program. In the past, students have shadowed physicians, attended rounds and clinics, and toured different hospital units, as well as participated in a mentored research project involving children's health. Arkansas Children's Hospital faculty members from various pediatric subspecialties taught basic science and clinical research techniques to the students and helped the students gain exposure to clinical medicine. The form that this year's experiences will take is still to be determined based upon the Coronavirus.

This year's Arkansas Children's Hospital Stella Boyle Smith Summer Science Scholar Awards go to Elizabeth Shannon and Lance Viscioni Wilson.

Congratulations, Wildcats!

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