Samuels Family Latino and African American High School Internship Program (LA-HIP)

To inspire change and self-determination by igniting a passion for scientific discovery”

The overall goal of the Samuels Family LA-HIP is to provide Latino and African-American public high school students that have a genuine interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) with the opportunity to learn hands-on laboratory-based research and to support them in their quest to become scientists or physician scientists.

  • What is The Samuels Family LA-HIP?
  • Program Details
  • LA-HIP Staff
  • How to Apply to The Samuels Family LA-HIP
  • Our Interns
  • Philanthropic Support

The Samuels Family LA-HIP was founded 12 years ago and has trained 146 high school students from the Los Angeles area. LA-HIP is a very comprehensive yearlong high school internship program that combines biomedical research with college readiness workshops, academic enhancement and SAT preparatory curriculum. Students perform cutting-edge biomedical research experiments under the mentorship of scientists at the Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital during the summer before their senior year. LA-HIP also provides interns with college level didactic instructions in biology, SAT prep classes, academic enhancement and writing workshops; students also participate in college and financial aid workshops to assist in the college application process. LA-HIP has helped our interns to matriculate to some of the nations most elite colleges and universities.

Application and Selection Process

Each year, The Samuels Family LA-HIP accepts up to 16 interns to participate in the program. Applicants must currently be juniors attending a public high school in the Los Angeles Area. The online application for the 2017 program will open on October 10, 2016 and will close Sunday January 29, 2017. The summer program will start on Monday June 19, 2017 and end with the Science Symposium on August 7, 2017. For the application and instructions click here.

Interns will be selected by a group of experts based on their academic strength, extracurricular activities in STEM, quality of essay writing and the recommendations submitted by a teacher/counselor. Some students will be invited to interview in person following the initial review of applications. A LA-HIP orientation for accepted students and their families will be held in early April 2017 where they will learn about program guidelines and expectations and the on-boarding process.

Laboratory Research Training

The summer program starts on Monday June 19 with a 2-week laboratory course affectionately known as “Hell Weeks” wherein interns will learn to perform many of the fundamental biomedical research methodologies and get to know each other and the LA-HIP staff. Interns then spend the next 5 weeks doing research relevant to a particular pediatric illness under the personal supervision of a scientist in a laboratory in the Saban Research Institute. Interns may work in laboratory that studies how bacteria invade into cells, or how tumor cells can escape the surveillance by the immune system or how nerve cells set up the complex neuronal circuitry or how an organ such as the lung or the heart repairs following an injury. The intern’s hands-on experiments are part of the overall research project of the laboratory and thus they make new scientific discoveries advancing the project. Interns learn how to keep record of their experiments in a laboratory notebook and present their scientific accomplishments at the Science Symposium at the end of the summer.

Preparing for College

The Samuels Family LA-HIP also helps its interns to prepare for college. They take 24 hours of SAT prep classes by The Princeton Review and regularly evaluate their progress by taking proctored SAT assessment tests. Most of our past interns were the first in their families to go to college and therefore interns and their families must participate in individualized college and financial counseling to ensure that they understand the complex processes underlying college application. LA-HIP also takes its interns to local liberal arts colleges where they participate in information sessions and campus tours to get a glimpse what they will encounter when in college. Furthermore, interns getting prepared for college through mini-workshops and exercises in college readiness (time management, goal setting, self advocacy, note taking etc.). These activities opened doors for our interns to attend some of the nations best colleges and universities.

What Else Do We Offer?

The Samuels Family LA-HIP covers the cost for students to use public transportation to participate in the program. In addition, the program also provides free meals and a stipend of $1,500 handed out in three portions. These complimentary offers ensure that all eligible students can attend the internship.

What Are We Looking For In Interns?

Our interns come many different high schools in the Los Angeles area. They must be curious how the living world works and have a genuine interest in STEM and/or medicine and a desire to explore hands-on laboratory experimentation. They must be academically strong in science and math classes and have a great desire to advance their education through an enthusiasm for learning. They must be dedicated to the training program and demonstrate professionalism while working in The Saban Research Institute. If this is you, then please apply here.

Director

Emil Bogenmann, PhD, EdD is faculty in the Department of Pediatrics and holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC). He trained as cell biologist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich and he holds a doctor degree from USC in educational psychology (EdD). He performed laboratory research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) focusing on the biology of retinoblastoma and neuroblastoma and trained undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral research fellows. He served for 20 years as the director for Research Education at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and he established The Samuels Family Latino and African American High School Internship Program (LA-HIP) in 2005. In 2006 he assumed the directorship for the Short Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP), a research-training program for under graduates students from underserved populations supported by the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Dr. Bogenmann established the Emil’s Pottery Scholarship Award that financially supports LA-HIP alumni in college.

Program Coordinator

Meghan Currier, M.Ed, joined The Samuels Family LA-HIP in The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in 2014. Meghan received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Political Science from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s Degree in Education from Merrimack College. Before coming to CHLA, Currier was a teacher in the Boston area, where she worked with at-risk and underrepresented students living in underserved communities. Her goal is to provide all students with the opportunities and access needed to achieve their educational goals. Meghan is responsible for the organization and coordination of the Samuels Family LA-HIP. Her focus is working with students on academic success, college readiness and personal development. Meghan also acts as the program coordinator for the National Institutes of Health-funded Short Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) at CHLA.

The online application for the 2017 Samuels Family LA-HIP starts on October 10, 2016 and will close at midnight on Sunday January 29, 2017. You can find the link here.

In order to be eligible, you must be:

  • Latino or African-American
  • Currently a junior at a public high school in the Los Angeles area
  • Have a Social Security Number

The complete application consists of the following components:

  • Personal information
  • Academic Information
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Personal Statement and Essay
  • Recommendation Letter by a science teacher or counselor
  • Unofficial or Official High School Transcript

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. For questions please contact Meghan Currier at lahip@chla.usc.edu.

Our interns come from many different high schools in the Los Angeles area. The Samuels Family LA-HIP has accepted 146 students since 2006, 12 of which are in the 2016 program and working diligently on preparing their college applications. All 134 alumni have matriculated to college after graduating from high school. See where they study and/or have graduated from.

What Do Our Interns Say?

Angel Ramirez, Class of 2015

“LA-HIP has given me the opportunity to immerse myself in an environment where all of the students are of a high caliber- students who are driven. This change of environment has increased my awareness and dedication.”

Angel came to us from Animo Venice Charter High School and worked in the lab of Dr. Fabbri studying RNA and cancer.

Keyanna Daniels, Class of 2015

“It has been a summer of self-discovery, accomplishment, and new friendships. I'm proud of everything that I have accomplished during this program. It was hard work and that makes my accomplishments even sweeter.”

Keyanna came to us from Long Beach Polytechnic High School and worked in the lab of Dr. Nemani studying bacterial invasion.

Alessandra Blanco, Class of 2015

“I consider my internship this summer to be a life changing experience. It was one unlike any other not only because I had the opportunity to work in a research institute but because I gained insight into the scientific world through this internship, and direction for my future career goals.”

Alessandra came to us from the California Academy of Math and Science and worked in the lab of Dr. Fabbri studying RNA and cancer.

Sania Luna, Class of 2015

“One of my biggest accomplishments this summer was becoming a scientist…Each day in the lab was one I looked forward to.”

Sania came to us from Alhambra High School and worked in the laboratory of Dr. Nemani studying bacterial invasion.

Alejandro Contreras, Class of 2014

“This program is a learning program, and whether I make successes or mistakes does not matter as long as I grow and learn from them”.

Alejandro came to us from John Francis Polytechnic High School and worked in the laboratory of Dr. Lien studying zebra fish heart regeneration. He now attends Johns Hopkins University as a biochemistry major.

Marysol Garcia, Class of 2014

“Going into “Hell Week” I knew that this would be a big learning experience. Little did I know that I would learn for more than just lab techniques, but also a few things about myself. I learned how to improve myself in so many ways, and I know I will not forget these lessons any time soon”

Marysol came to us from City Honor’s High School and she worked in the laboratory of Dr. Driscoll studying lung injury and repair. Marysol now attends the University of California San Diego as a biology major.

Michael Quintero, Class of 2014

“LA-HIP is a far more comprehensive program. From the cohort social activities to the SAT prep, LA-HIP truly nurtures its students, which allows them to grow and develop. I can say with all confidence that you have developed one of the best programs for young, eager high school students”.

Michael came to us from West Covina High School and worked in the laboratory of Dr. Tian studying the development of neuronal circuits during development. Michael now attends Columbia University on the pre-med track.

Nallely Lopez, Class of 2013

“I began to understand that a more positive attitude coul help me relax as well as focus on what I have in front of me. LA-HIP will definitely be a life-changing experience—especially because it helped me realize that science is definitely the career I hope to pursue”.

Nallely came to us from South East High School and worked in the laboratory of Dr. Bouret studying the role of leptin hormone expression in the developing brain. Nallely now attends Williams College as a neuroscience major.

Class of 2016

Kevin- California Academy of Math & Science

Dominique- Los Angles Center for Enriched Studies

Ernest- School for the Visual Arts & Humanities

Jessica- King Drew Medical Magnet High School

Diana- John H. Francis Polytechnic High School

Everardo- Long Beach Polytechnic High School

Karyssa- California Academy of Math & Science

Lauryn- California Academy of Math & Science

Symone- California Academy of Math & Science

Elida- John H. Francis Polytechnic High School

Darryl- Animo Jackie Robinson

Khai- California Academy of Math & Science

Class of 2015

Alero- California Academy of Math and Science- Pepperdine University

Emali- High Tech LA- Stanford University

Alessandra- California Academy of Math and Science- UC Berkeley

Ivan- John Francis Polytechnic High School- UC Berkeley

Keyanna- Long Beach Polytechnic High School- University of Southern California

Mia- Long Beach Polytechnic High School- Middlebury College

Salvador- Long Beach Polytechnic High School- UC Berkeley

Sania- Alhambra High School- Pitzer College

Isabel- California Academy of Math and Science- UC San Diego

Jazmin- King Drew Medical Magnet High School- UC Merced

Kimberly- John Francis Polytechnic High School- UC Irvine

Angel- Animo Venice Charter High School- Bowdoin College

Yhiedania- John Francis Polytechnic High School- Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Giselle- California Academy of Math and Science- Princeton University

Class of 2014

Okoduwa- California Academy of Math and Science- Yale University

Alejandro- John Francis Polytechnic HS- Johns Hopkins University

Erick- Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet HS- Pitzer College

Vanesa- Lynwood HS- UC Berkeley Marysol- City Honors HS- UC San Diego

Bryan- California Academy of Math and Science- Johns Hopkins University

Patty- California Academy of Math and Science- Williams College

Michael- West Covina HS- Columbia University

Amber- California Academy of Math and Science- Bowdoin College

Anthony- University HS- UCLA

Bruce- California Academy of Math and Science- University of Southern California

Rachel- Burbank HS- UC Berkeley

Jenny-California Academy of Math and Science- University of Southern California

Class of 2013

Mercedes - Edward R. Roybal Learning Center - Scripps College

Josselyn - John H. Francis Polytechnic HS - Williams College

Rogelio - California Academy of Math and Science - University of Pennsylvania

Luis - John H. Francis Polytechnic HS - Johns Hopkins University

Rocio - John Marshall High School - Crown College, UC Santa Cruz

Andrew - Bravo Medical Magnet HS - UCLA

Nallely - South East HS - Williams College

Monica - California Academy of Math and Science - Grinnell College

Donna - Wallis Annenberg HS - Columbia University

Luis - Renaissance Arts Academy - Furman University

Angel - James A. Garfield HS - Brown University

Eduardo - Warren HS - Johns Hopkins University

Manisha - Bravo Medical Magnet HS - USC

Somtochukwu - King/Drew Magnet HS of Medicine and Science - Pomona College

Class of 2012

Carlos - John C Fremont HS - Stanford University

Ana - Bravo Medical Magnet HS - UC Riverside

Dominique - West Adams Preparatory - UC Berkeley

Jacqueline - Aspire Pacific Academy HS - Johns Hopkins University

Carolina - Warren HS - UC Irvine

Stephanie - California Academy of Math & Science - Yale University

Jasmine - Ambassador School of Global Leadership - Pomona College

Arturo - California Academy of Math & Science - Tufts University

Lucia - John C Fremont HS - Wellesley College

Maria - John C Fremont HS - Smith College

Raphael - Bravo Medical Magnet HS - UC Riverside

Roxana - Bravo Medical Magnet HS - Williams College

Karina - California Academy of Math & Science - Stanford University

Silvia - California Academy of Math & Science - Cornell University

Matthew - Roosevelt HS - UCLA

Maria - New Technology HS: Student Empowerment Academy UC Berkeley

Class of 2011

Jessica - Carson - New York University

Joseph - Carson - Duke University

Liset - Bravo Med. Mag. - University of California Los Angeles

Isabella - Garfield - University of California Los Angeles

Aida - Roosevelt - University of Pennsylvania

Kirra - CAMS - Harvard University Zina - CAMS - University of California Berkeley

Valeria - CAMS - Williams College

Julissa - King Drew Med. Mag. - Occidental College

Maya - Marshall - University of California Los Angeles

Lisa - CAMS - Williams College Dafne - Bravo Med. Mag. - University of California San Diego

Easter - CAMS - Columbia University

Angie - Mendez Learning Ctr. - University of California San Diego

Brianna - Frederick Douglas - University of California Los Angeles

Pedro - Jefferson - University of California Berkeley

Class of 2010

Daniel - CA Academy of Math & Science - Harvard University

Lisa - CA Academy of Math & Science - Johns Hopkins University

Stefany - Santee - University of California Berkeley

Rubi - King Drew Medical Magnet - University of Southern California

Vanessa - Thomas Jefferson - University of California San Diego

Jasmine - King Drew Medical Magnet - Wellesley College

Ruqayyah - Bravo Medical Magnet - University of Pennsylvania

David - King Drew Medical Magnet - Columbia University

Noemi - Belmont - Smith College

Melissa - Bravo Medical Magnet - Johns Hopkins University

Cristina - King Drew Medical Magnet - Pomona College

Rodney - Crenshaw - University of Southern California

Miriam - Fremont - University of California Berkeley

Roberto - King Drew Medical Magnet - East Los Angeles College

Chuk - King Drew Medical Magnet - University of Southern California

Class of 2009

Humberto - Fremont - University of California Irvine

Kimberly - Dominguez - University of California Merced

Eduardo - Fremont - San Diego State University

Arturo - Bravo Medical Magnet - University of California Riverside

Cecilia - Roosevelt - Occidental College

Christopher - Bravo Medical Magnet - Amherst College

Hector - Belmont - California State University Northridge

Osvaldo - King Drew Medical Magnet - University of Southern California

Carlos - Bravo Medical Magnet - University of California Riverside

Alexandrea - King Drew Medical Magnet - University of Southern California

Aurora - Jordan - California State University Los Angeles

Jose - King Drew Medical Magnet - Dartmouth College

Jessica - Belmont - California State University Los Angeles

Eric - Fremont - University of California San Diego

Class of 2008

Salvador - David Starr Jordan - Cal Poly Pomona

Mayra - Santee Education Complex - University of California Los Angeles

Martha - University - University of California San Diego

Kathy - Santee Education Complex - University of California Berkeley

Alex - Van Nuys - Yale University

Jovanna - Bravo Medical Magnet - Swarthmore College

Miguel - Hollywood - University of California Los Angeles

Evelyn - Roosevelt - San Francisco State University

Veronica - Fremont - Brown University

Jasmine - King Drew Medical Magnet - Cal State University Long Beach

Karen - Hollywood - Occidental College

Dianna - Compton - University of California Berkeley Reginald* - King Drew Medical Magnet - Morehouse College

Class of 2007

Karen - Fremont - University of California Berkeley

Andres - King Drew Medical Magnet - University of California Irvine

Oscar - Bravo Medical Magnet - Williams College

Betsy - Bravo Medical Magnet - Pitzer College

Colleen - Bravo Medical Magnet - Los Angeles Community College

Lauren - Hollywood - Pierce College

Diamond - King Drew Medical Magnet - Pitzer College

Ana - Fremont - University of California Los Angeles

Chris - King Drew Medical Magnet - University of California Berkeley

Deborah - University - Scripps College

Paul - Jordan - East Los Angeles College

Class of 2006

Brandon - King Drew Medical Magnet - Princeton University

Lizet - Bravo Medical Magnet - United States Military Academy at West Point

Vanessa - University - Johns Hopkins University

Vanessa - Compton - University of California Irvine

Alex- Jordan - University of California San Diego

Perla - Bravo Medical Magnet - University of California Los Angeles

Carlos - Wilson - University of Southern California

Jessica -Fremont - University of California Los Angeles

The Samuels Family LA-HIP is entirely funded by grants and donations and was initiated in 2005 with a generous gift from Lori and Theodore (Ted) Samuels, a member of the board of Trustees at CHLA. Lori and Ted have since supported the programs and LA-HIP was named in their honor in 2013.

The program also enjoyed strong support for many years from many other donors and foundations including:

Achieving America Foundation
David and Marianne Fisher
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Emil Bogenmann, PhD, EdD
Fletcher Jones Foundation
Leonetti/O’Connell Family Foundation
Mary Adams and O’Connell and Kevin O’Connell
National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Richard and Ruth Lavine Family Foundation
Rose Hills Foundation

We would like to thank all the contributors for their generosity.

If you are interested in donating to the Samuels Family LA-HIP, please contact us at lahip@chla.usc.edu.