A recent graduate of The Summit Country Day School spent nine weeks before leaving for college in a biomedical research program through Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), and took first place in a poster presentation based on her research findings.
Sofia Nieto, a 2017 Summit graduate, participated in the Biomedical Research Internship for Minority Students, or BRIMS, program this summer. BRIMS chooses five to seven minority students to conduct hands-on research in CCHMC’s laboratory and is paired with a research mentor. At the end of the program, each intern gives a five-minute PowerPoint and poster presentation of their research project at the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Capstone competition.
Sofia’s research investigated the utility of an augmented reality-based eye tracking for oculomotor assessment, with the eventual goal of using the technology in concussion analysis. During the poster presentation at the program’s end, Sofia won first place among all BRIMS interns.
“The BRIMS program provided many opportunities. I was able to shadow doctors, hear a talk from the director of admission from the University of Cincinnati’s medical school and listen to many minority faculty discuss their career paths,” Sofia said. “The program was an absolutely amazing experience.”
To qualify for BRIMS, the program considered several criteria including high school class rank, grade point average, ACT or SAT scores where available, number of science classes taken, leadership in extracurricular activities and recommendations. Sofia is an alumna of The Summit’s Science Research Institute, a unique-to-Cincinnati program which places high school students in authentic research laboratories with professional mentors.