Summer Student Research Internship Program (SSRIP) Featured Alums

Amy Callear (2013)

Amy Callear Current position: Master’s of Public Health Student, University of Michigan School of Public Health.

During her internship, Amy worked on a study that assessed how well certain genetic variants could predict types of inflammatory arthritis.

"The internship was truly a unique experience due to the immersion in research and the strong focus on education. I believe the skills I acquired - from working with sophisticated computer applications to presenting my work - would benefit students interested in a variety of disciplines and careers. I consider this internship to be an invaluable experience that greatly enriched my undergraduate career and motivated me to further pursue research."

Publication: Schrodi SJ, Mukherjee S, Shan Y, Tromp G, Sninsky JJ, Callear AP, Carter TC, Ye Z, Haines JL, Brilliant MH, Crane PK, Smelser DT, Elston RC, Weeks DE. Genetic-based prediction of disease traits: prediction is very difficult, especially about the future. Front Genet. 2014 Jun 2;5:162.


Erica Swenson (2013)

Current position: Medical Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health.

Erica’s summer project was to evaluate the utility of whole body radiographs in making diagnoses in the stillbirth population.

"My summer at the Marshfield Clinic was not only an incredible learning experience, but it also reassured me that I am pursuing the correct career path. Working with Dr. McPherson and the rest of the Medical Genetics team reminded me that it is certainly possible to incorporate research into my future practice. I could not have asked for a better summer research experience."

Publication: Swenson E, Schema L, McPherson E. Radiographic evaluation of stillbirth: what does it contribute? Am J Med Genet A. 2014 Sep;164A(9):2270-5.


Allen Bateman (2011)

Allen Bateman Current position: NIH Fogarty Global Health post-doctoral research fellow in Zambia.

In his current position, Allen is using skills that the epidemiology/public health program helped develop to substantially contribute to his current research on influenza, human papillomaviruses, and cervical cancer. He believes this rewarding experience would not have been possible without SSRIP.

"This experience allowed me to apply the theoretical information I gained in my graduate school epidemiology courses toward the influenza vaccine research projects. This application really brought the epidemiologic concepts to life, and further persuaded me that applied public health research is where I belong."

Publication: Bateman AC, Kieke BA, Irving SA, Meece JK, Shay DK, Belongia EA. Effectiveness of monovalent 2009 pandemic influenza A virus subtype H1N1 and 2010-2011 trivalent inactivated influenza vaccines in Wisconsin during the 2010-2011 influenza season. J Infect Dis. 2013 Apr 15;207(8):1262-9.


Sara Engler (2011)

Sara Engler Current position: Dental student, University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry.

During her internship, Sara worked in the Interactive Clinical Design Institute. Her project focused on testing the functionalities and user interface of CattailsDental; developing user tasks of various complexities for the different roles within dentistry; and performing user testing utilizing eye tracking devices.

"My time at Marshfield Clinic truly changed my career path and most definitely helped me get to where I am today. I know it gave me a huge edge and advantage in the dental school application process and in being selected in a competitive student fellowship program. More than that, it inspired me in my future goals. I would not have found my passion for research without this program and Dr. Acharya."


Kelsey Schwei (2011)

Kelsey Schwei Current position: Dental Informatics Research Specialist, MCRF.

During her internship, she worked to evaluate methods for structured data entry into the CattailsMD electronic medical record, with the goal to make information more easily accessible for use in clinical decision support and research.

"The MCRF Summer Student Research Internship Program afforded me the opportunity to gain the necessary informatics skills that I needed to conduct research projects, while allowing me to apply concepts that I had learned about in my graduate schooling. It catapulted my career in informatics."