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2004 Scientific Report

Grand Rapids Area

Grand Rapids Area Pre-College Engineering Program The Grand Rapids Area Pre-College Engineering Program (GRAPCEP) is administered by Davenport College and jointly sponsored and funded by Pfizer, Inc., and VARI. The program is designed to provide selected high school students, who have plans to major in science or genetic engineering in college, the opportunity to work in a research laboratory. In addition to training in research methods, the students also learn workplace success skills such as teamwork and leadership. The four 2003 GRAPCEP students were Mary Beth Clifford Ottawa Hills High School Jaynna DeLeeu Ottawa Hills High School Karen Macy Creston High School Huong Tran Ottawa Hills High School 77

Summer Student Internship Program The VARI summer student internships were established to provide college students with an opportunity to work with professional researchers in their fields of interest, to use state-of-the-art equipment and technologies, and to learn invaluable people and presentation skills. At the completion of the 10- week program, the students summarize their projects in an oral presentation. From May 2003 to February 2004, VARI hosted 32 students from 19 colleges and universities, both in formal summer internships under the Frederik and Lena Meijer Student Internship Program and in other student positions during the year. Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana Rachel Wezeman Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan Kerry Lucas Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan Erin Connelly Aaron DeWard Beverly Illian Jared Knol Jason Koning Aaron Massie Allison Shively Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant Megan Senchuk Cornell University, Ithaca, New York Susan Kloet Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, Michigan Juraj Zahatnansky Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan Jon Rutkowski Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan Jennifer Kaufman Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan Nicole Evans Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts Christine Moore 78

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