In 2022, SRIP celebrated 48 years of providing real-world experience for undergraduate and graduate students considering a career involving research. The Research Symposium has hosted August 10, 2022 via WebEx

2022 Summer Research Interns:

Paige Preston 
Project: Chronotype, Sleep Study Results, and Sleep Quality in Patients with Bardet-Biedl Syndrome

With guidance from Jeremy Pomeroy, Ph.D., Paige Preston engaged in research that analyzed sleep chronotype, abnormal sleep study results, and quality of life in patient with Bardet-Biedl Syndrome (BBS).

Paige is pursuing a Bacholr's degree in Biology with minors in Biochemistry and Spanish at Carroll University. 


Gabriella Alicea 
Project: Disparities in COVID-19 Vaccine Coverage in Wisconsin Farm Children and Adolescents

Under the mentorship of Jeff VanWormer, PhD., and Maria Sundaram, PhD., Gabriella Alicea examined disparities in COVID-19 vaccine coverage in farm children and adolescents in north-central Wisconsin.  

Gabriella is pursuing 4+1 Master of Epidemiology degree at University of Pittsburgh. 


Luke Leners
Project: Comparing Robotically-Assisted Procedures and Open Laparotomy in Heated Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy for Peritoneal Carcinomatosis 

Mentored by Rohit Sharma, M.D., Luke Leners examined the safety of robotically-assisted procedures and open laparotomy in heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) for peritoneal carcinomatosis.

Luke is pursuing a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology degree at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, as well as pursuing graduate minors in Biostatistics and Health Services Research, Policy and Administration.


Courtney Colench 
Project: Trends in Pre-Operative Risk Stratification and Length of Hospital Stay in Pancreatic Resections Over Time 

With guidance from Jessica Wernberg, M.D., Courtney Colench examined the risk profiles and post-operative complications of pancreatic surgery patients at rural hospitals over time. 

Michelle completed a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology, with minors in Chemistry and Mathematics at University of Missouri, and she will be applying to medical school.