About 100 undergraduate students have completed internships at the U. Mayor Research Centers

04-02-2020

Pasantia Investigacion1

04-02-2020

Since 2018 to date, young people from different careers have participated in these instances, which seek to involve them in scientific projects or give them their first work experiences. The initiative, which is organized by the Research Immersion Program, has already been developed at the Santiago and Temuco locations.

Since 2018, nearly 100 students from different careers have participated in the internships organized by the Research Immersion Program, whose purpose is to involve young people in the research that takes place at the Universidad Mayor.

The Research and Teaching Link Coordinator, Victoria Paredes, commented that "the focus has been on promoting participation in these internships, opening opportunities in any of the 18 Research Centers."

Thus, in these two years, students of Medicine, Law, Agronomy, Engineering in the Environment and Sustainability, Medical Technology and Biotechnology have been able to work on the academic projects of the Center for Integrative Biology (CIB), the Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics ( CGB), the Center for Economics and Social Policies (CEAS) and the Technological Center for Plant Resources (CTRV), among others.

The researcher Alberto Martin, in charge of the CGB Network Biology Laboratory, highlighted the initiative, since it is a good instance for undergraduate students to get to know the work of the University. "Part of my job as a scientist is to 'train' students, to involve them in the research we do in my research group," he said.

Meanwhile, the academic Rodrigo Maldonado received for the first time this summer three interns at the Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology (Labcema) in Temuco. After his experience, he explained that “the students developed projects associated with the cloning of plasmids to generate recombinant proteins. I want to highlight that they did a great job, achieving all the objectives set."

Practice and experience

Participants recognize these internships as an opportunity to complement what has been seen in classes, learning and approaching science, enriching their professional training. They also value the willingness of research teams to teach them their knowledge and the usefulness of their research.

Natalia Morales is a journalism student and took advantage of this instance to carry out her professional practice at CEAS. “They provided me with various tools, such as website administration and social media. In addition, it provided the necessary contacts for the researchers of the center, material to write notes. I gained work experience."

Likewise, the medical student, Edgar Rodríguez, believes that what he learned during his internship at the CGB will serve him in the future, "when the world is full of research and technology and innovation are much greater; and much of the research has a computational and / or automated component."

"Both for the staff of the center and for the teaching modality, I would recommend the experience 100%," the young man concluded.

Source: https://www.diariomayor.cl/investigacion/1728-pasantias-centros-investigacion

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