Graduate student Graham Redweik will spend the summer in the Maryland area conducting research alongside scientists as part of the 2018 Graduate Summer Opportunity to Advance Research program. Photo by Whitney Sager.

Graduate student selected for summer research internship with National Institutes of Health

Graham Redweik, a graduate student of Dr. Melha Mellata, has been selected to participate in the 2018 Graduate Summer Opportunity to Advance Research (G-SOAR) program at the National Institutes of Health.

G-SOAR, a partnership between the National Institutes of Health Office of Intramural Training and Education and the Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, has students work with mentors in the National Institutes of Health Intramural Research Program. Redweik will travel to the Maryland area this summer to work alongside scientists conducting biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health.

Redweik said he was excited when he learned he had been selected for the program, as less than 20 percent of applicants are chosen to participate.

Over the course of the summer, Redweik and the other participating students will improve their research, presentation and professional writing skills, as well as get a chance to network with research professionals. At the conclusion of the program, all student participants will be required to give a presentation about the research they completed.

Redweik said he’s looking forward to the chance to “step outside the box” and be in a different research setting than he’s been in before.

“It’s an opportunity to go into a different lab setting outside the academia setting,” Redweik said.

For Mellata, having her student selected for the competitive G-SOAR program is an honor. She said this experience potentially could lead to collaboration between the scientist Redweik will be working alongside, as well as Redweik, Mellata and Iowa State University in general.

“I’m very proud that my student, Graham, was selected by a very competitive research program, the NIH G-SOAR. It proves that at Iowa State we are able to train very high quality students/researchers,” Mellata said.

Research will no doubt be a part of Redweik’s future, as he plans to pursue a postdoctoral position after completing his degree at Iowa State.

“After I complete my Ph.D., I plan to apply to a postdoctoral position, not sure yet where, to continue my research in host-microbe interactions, extending the application of these mechanisms to promote technologies in personalized medicine,” Redweik said.