In Su Park Student of  [High School in California]

The ARIP program has truly inspired me to work harder and has motivated me to attend medical school. This program has also allowed me to experience how it is like at a USC and NHM laboratory as a researcher. Also doing “in-hand labs” such as extracting DNA, sequencing DNA and even collecting specimens allowed me to gain full hand experiences. I also learned many new things about the biodiversity of the ocean. How there are vast amounts of species in the water and the way animals/insects have evolved in order to survive, really sparked my mind. Riding a boat to Catalina island and doing many activities, such as kayaking and hiking, was very entertaining and has created many wonderful memories that I will never forget. And experiencing college life at USC has given me more knowledge of the real world that’s ahead of me. Overall, It was amazing meeting new people from all over the country and it was such an honor working with admirable professors and staff at the Natural History Museum. Thank you for the great memories and experiences that everyone from the program has given.

Jasmine Noh Student of [High School in California]

At first, I did not know what to expect from the program and only had a broad overview about it, but I participated because I had an interest for the science field. Throughout the two weeks, I realized that there is more work than just sitting at a lab bench and working on projects, but it includes going out to collect specimen and publishing finalized information online. It was so great to have the opportunity to work in a professional lab alongside mentors who were very supportive and excited to teach me. I was able to have experiences that I have never had before and got to know many new people. Although it was a rigorous program, I feel like I have developed a lot and learned more than I ever thought I would.

Alyssa Yeh Student of [High School in California]

Before I joined ARIP, I was a little skeptical about what I needed to focus on to prepare for the future. However, now I can confidently say that ARIP has certainly steered me towards a more STEM-oriented direction, which I’d be more than happy to pursue. This program has allowed me to connect with young, ambitious people like myself, as well as wonderful professors who have encouraged us to do our best in our respective interests. Every minute of the program was enjoyable, from staying up late chatting and finishing homework to successfully obtaining our very first DNA barcodes. Over meals and lab work and gatherings at night, our group of aspiring minds formed unbreakable bonds, with each other and our mentors alike. There’s no way to replace the experiences I’ve had with my work and my peers. I’m glad that I took the opportunity to join the program so I could really work on deciding what I’m interested in and what dreams I hope to chase in the future. Getting the awards and merits from this program will also benefit me greatly on my path to university and I take great pride in knowing that these advantages are very unique to ARIP. 

Isaac Lee Student of [High School in California]

I am having ARIP withdrawals. It has now been a full week since the Advanced Research Internship Program 2017, and I still cannot stop thinking about the genuinely awesome two weeks I lived at USC. To sound cliche, I really enjoyed learning and absorbing everything ARIP had to offer; including the college campus life, the knowledgeable professors, the engaging labs, the beautiful Natural History Museum of LA County, the sense of cooperation and interaction with all of my fellow participants...the list goes on and on. I will never forget what I experienced through the program nor will the rest of the world, seriously. The program enabled participants to publish DNA sequences and data into the Barcode Of Life Data (BOLD) Systems, allowing us to affect the international scientific community. I definitely recommend signing up for the ARIP 2018 program for next year and the years to come. I mean, who wouldn't want to walk around an university acting like they belong there? 

Sooyun Jang Student of [University of Virginia]
I learned a lot from ARIP 2017. Although I am becoming a sophomore in college, I have never experienced really college life. I really enjoyed cooperating with other participants during the program. The professors were amazing too. I could see that Dr. Regina and Dr. Pencheff are passionate about their work. They inspired me a lot that I want to become like them in the future.
Audrey Yeh Student of [High School in California]

ARIP was truly an unforgettable experience. Not only was I able to spend time in a professional lab and work with fellow aspiring individuals, I got to form close bonds with them over two weeks. The work we completed throughout the program was very interesting and enjoyable, but the time I spent with my new friends and professors was the highlight. Although the schedule was always flexible and changing, everyone was able to adapt well and make the most of the time. The staff and teachers were very passionate about their work, which inspired us to work hard and create quality presentations to wrap up the last few days. Of course, some other highlights were being able to walk around a university campus with my friends and have meals together, stay up late working, or hang around the dorms: moments that I will never forget. I'm so thankful I was able to attend ARIP 2017, meet people similar to myself, work with patient and kind professors, and learn a multitude of things. We even received important awards that will be useful in our futures! I'm glad to have been a part of such a wonderful program.

Hojung Chung Student of [High School in California]

At first, ARIP program did not pose much interest in me, as I was not into any DNA related topics nor did I want to go through the hassle of meeting new people. However, as I actually got into the program and met new friends, teachers, and professors, I gradually realized that this was an once in a lifetime opportunity to physically experience what is perceived as "outside world", apart from school. Throughout the process of DNA extraction to virtually posting the information on BOLD heightened my sense of what it is like to a part of the society that we live in. Being exposed to different kinds of people outside of my usual vicinity greatly broadened my sense of the real world, as they provided me with invaluable knowledge. Professors were informative, knowledgeable, and gave me a sense of what an actual workplace is like, as the only adults I came across in my life are teachers and my parents. New friends that I met in the program also gave me a new vision, making the two weeks in the program more than an enjoyable experience. Some had helped me extensively in my research, while others gave me advice regarding succeeding in school in general. Overall, I would strongly contend that ARIP program did impact my way of life significantly, assisting myself to the realization that the world is bigger than I previously considered it to be, giving me the motivation to further pursue science related major in the future, and also to become a better person as a whole.

Grace Park Student of [High School in California]

The two weeks I spent at USC for the 2017 ARIP program was one of the highlights of my summer. It was an amazing experience to get to know people of diverse backgrounds and work as a team towards the same goal. I met amazing students who were interested the same scientific field as me and formed relationships that will last even after the program.
The staff of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles was very encouraging and helped all students throughout the process of acquiring specimen to finding the DNA sequences. It was amazing to work alongside scientists such as Dr. Regina Wetzer and Dr. Dean Pentcheff for the Diversity Initiative for the Southern California Ocean project and participate in something that will be viewed by people all over the world in the BOLD database. Throughout the program, I realized the importance of the network and communication in the scientific community. 

Bryant Hwang Student of [High School in Korea]

I am a rising Junior at Bugil Academy. Although my favorite subject is physics, I have great interest in biology as well. ARIP program allowed me to have first hand experience with technologies that are currently being used by marine biologists and researchers. ARIP helped further my knowledge in biology and it also taught me some important life skills such as how to research effectively, how to work collaboratively, how to build and carry out experiments, and how to give an effective speech. ARIP was also a great opportunity for me to meet many students that are interested in STEM. I enjoyed ARIP program so much.