KEYS High School Science Interns Poster Session

High School Students who worked in UA Labs this Summer Present Research July 13

Thirty-six exceptional Arizona high school students, who were selected after a competitive review process and spent their summer in University of Arizona labs, will present their research at a public poster session Friday, July 13, 10 a.m. to noon, at the BIO5 Institute on the Arizona Health Sciences Center campus at the University of Arizona.

The students will have completed a seven-week commitment in the KEYS (Keep Engaging Youth in Science) Internship Program at the University. This is the sixth year of the program, and with this cohort of interns, more than 135 students will have completed KEYS internships and contributed to ongoing research projects across the UA. Among the interns are twin sisters, Saheba and Somya Bhatnagar, from Ahwatukee, Ariz. Of their experience, Somya says, “I like how you get to work with professional get a lot more out of it.” 

One of the first students to go through KEYS as part of the 2007 cohort was Kim Tham. Currently a junior studying biosystems engineering at the UA, Tham says of her KEYS experience: “KEYS introduced me to science in ways I had never imagined for myself. From experimental design to publishing in scientific journals, I began to understand the possibilities and rewards for pursuing a degree in science.”
About KEYS
2012 marks the sixth year of the KEYS program, where more than 135 students will have completed KEYS internships and contributed to ongoing research projects across the UA. KEYS is jointly directed by the UA’s BIO5 Institute and the Southwest Environmental Health Science Center at the UA College of Pharmacy. More than 80 UA faculty members have mentored KEYS interns since the program began in 2007. The KEYS Internship Program relies entirely on financial support by the community and receives funding from the BIO5 Institute, the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center, foundation and corporate sponsorships and contributions from individual donors.
About the BIO5 Institute
The BIO5 Institute at the University of Arizona mobilizes top researchers in five disciplines—agriculture, engineering, medicine, pharmacy and science—to find collaborative solutions to humanity’s most pressing health and environmental challenges. Since 2001, its multidisciplinary approach has been an international model of how to conduct collaborative research and has resulted in improved food crops, innovative diagnostic devices and promising new therapies. In addition, BIO5 is a leader in science education, outreach and training programs throughout Arizona. Learn more at
About the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center
Housed in the UA College of Pharmacy, SWEHSC is a collaborative interdisciplinary research center that actively is investigating the effects of environmental agents on human health. The center also provides community outreach and education related to how exposures to environmental agents (and other stresses) contribute to human disease. Please visit the SWEHSC website for more information.