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.

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Happy faces of the Class of 2017 at the Science Symposium August 7, 2017.

  • 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 13 years ago and has trained 170 high school students from the Los Angeles area. LA-HIP is a comprehensive yearlong 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.

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The stellar members of the LA-HIP Class of 2018 in their white lab coats.

Application and Selection Process

Each year, The Samuels Family LA-HIP accepts up to 14 Latino and/or African American high school students to participate in the program. Students must be juniors attending a public high school in the greater Los Angeles Area at time of application. Students must apply through an online application for the 2018 program, which will open on Monday November 1st 2018 and will close Friday, February 1st, 2019. The summer program will start on Monday June 17th, 2019 and end with the Science Symposium on Monday August 5th, 2019. For the application and instructions click here.

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Members of the program selection committee with students from the LA-HIP Class of 2017 during the interviews for the class of 2018

A group of science and educational and experts select the students based on their academic strength, extracurricular activities in STEM, quality of essay writing and the recommendations submitted by a science or math teacher or an academic counselor. Selected applicants will be invited to interview in person following the initial review of applications and the finalists will be announced by the end of March of 2019. A program orientation for accepted students and their families would be held in early April 2019 to inform them about program guidelines and expectations and the on-boarding process.

Laboratory Research Training

LA-HIP is a laboratory-based research-training program, which offers hands-on experimentation in projects relevant to pediatric illnesses (i.e., regenerative medicine, cancer and blood diseases, endocrine illnesses and neuroscience). The 7 week long summer program will start on Monday June 17th and end with the Science Symposium on Monday August 5th, 2019. Students will spend Monday to Friday, 8:00AM to 5:00 PM in a laboratory of a principal investigator in the Saban Research Institute to perform experiments under the supervision and mentorship of a laboratory scientist. Interns will learn forefront laboratory techniques and methodologies normally not learned until college. Their research is part of the overall project of the laboratory and thus they make new scientific discoveries advancing science. Interns are also instructed in the art of keeping a laboratory notebook, interacting with various other scientists and regularly present their experiments at weekly laboratory meetings. Interns also write a scientific abstract and present their accomplishments at the Science Symposium at the end of the summer.

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Jenfer Pivaral working in a brand new white labcoat in the laboratory. It is worth noticing his hidden smile clearly suggesting he has a blast doing science.

Preparing for College

The Samuels Family LA-HIP also helps its interns to prepare for college starting in April of 2019. They take 24 hours of SAT prep classes taught by The Princeton Review and are regularly evaluated on their progress trhough proctored SAT assessment tests. Professionals from Mosaic College Counseling provide intensive and personalized college and financial aid counseling since most of our interns are the first in their families to go to college. These mandatory counseling sessions will also start in April of 2019 in order to adequately prepare interns for 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 programmatic activities help our interns to become competitive college applicants and guide them to the college where they will thrive.

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Class of 2017 visits Occidental College in spring of 2017.

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 provides free meals at the hospital cafeteria and a stipend of $1,500 handed out in three portions. 

What Are We Looking For In Interns?

LA-HIP is a very unique internship and all of our past interns tremendously benefitted from participation. We are looking for curious students interested in how the living world works and a genuine interest in STEM and/or medicine. They must have a true desire to explore hands-on laboratory experimentation and they must be academically strong in science and math classes. We want to train students that are dedicated to their education through an enthusiasm for learning and have a vision for their professional career. Interns must be dedicated to the training program and demonstrate professionalism while working in The Saban Research Institute. If you are interested in participating in this life changing internship, 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 that financially supports college readiness of LA-HIP students.

Program Coordinator

Meghan Banks, 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, Banks 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 2019 Samuels Family LA-HIP will open on Monday November 1st 2018 and will close at midnight on Thursday February 1, 2019. 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 or math teacher or counselor
  • Unofficial or Official High School Transcript

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

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The interns of the Class of 2017 in their lab coats at the conclusion of the summer program.

Our interns come from many different high schools in the Los Angeles area. The Samuels Family LA-HIP has accepted 170 students since 2006, 10 of which are currently in the 2018 program and working diligently on preparing their college applications. All 160 alumni have graduated from high school and matriculated to college. See where they study and/or have graduated from.

What Do Our Interns Say?

“Through seven weeks in the lab I have had the opportunity to experience something unique in my life, something that has had limitless effects on my perception of myself and my future. This experience has offered me equal amount of discovery and growth”

Revanna Navarro, Class of 2017

“Throughout this program I learned a lot about myself, all of which really helped me grow as a person. Knowing how to be more confident in my ideas, being able to communicate effectively, being able to work with others are skills essential for my future.”

Marcelo Mazariego, Class of 2017

“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 Daniels, Class of 2015

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Itohan Ero sitting competently at the microscope looking at her cultured brain tumor cells.

Class of 2018

Jose- John Burroughs High School

Nathalie- California Academy of Mathematics and Science

Itohan- California Academy or Mathematics and Science

Jasmine- Glendora High School

Cindy- John Burroughs High School

Jhazeel- John H Francis Polytechnic Senior High

Diana- California Academy of Mathematics and Science

Melanie- Larchmont Charter School

Jenfer- John H. Francis Polytechnic High School

Taiz- John H. Francis Polytechnic High School

Class of 2017

Antony- California Academy of Math & Science- University of Rochester

Adam- Long Beach Polytechnic High School- UC Berkeley

Ciannah- Gabrielino High School- Pomona College

Melissa- Burbank High School- Stanford University

Mirleth- Blair High School- UC Irvine

Roberto- John H. Francis Polytechnic High School- UC Los Angeles

Karla- California Academy of Math & Science- UC Los Angeles

Shavonna- California Academy of Math & Science- Harvard University

Juan- Los Altos High School- UC San Diego

Revanna- Long Beach Polytechnic High School- Brown University

Marcelo- John H. Francis Polytechnic High School- Williams College

Samantha- John H. Francis Polytechnic High School- UC Los Angeles

Gabriela- California Academy of Math & Science- Cal State Long Beach

Class of 2016

Kevin- California Academy of Math & Science – Pitzer College

Dominique- Los Angles Center for Enriched Studies- UC Davis

Ernest- School for the Visual Arts & Humanities- Dickinson College

Jessica- King Drew Medical Magnet High School- Pitzer College

Diana- John H. Francis Polytechnic High School- Occidental College

Everardo- Long Beach Polytechnic High School- Olin College

Karyssa- California Academy of Math & Science- University of Rochester

Lauryn- California Academy of Math & Science- Tulane University

Symone- California Academy of Math & Science- Northwestern University

Elida- John H. Francis Polytechnic High School- Williams College

Darryl- Animo Jackie Robinson- Rochester Institute of Technology

Khai- California Academy of Math & Science- UC San Diego

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

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The LA-HIP Class of 2017 at their finest showing their skills in the bowling alley.

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
The Chuck Lorre Family 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.