INBRE scholars: Meet Bina Ranjit
They are called INBRE scholars and are part of the largest grant in UNMC history.
Today we feature Bina Ranjit, a junior at the University of Nebraska at Omaha majoring in biotechnology.
What should we know about you?
I was born in Cleveland and moved to India when I was a baby. I moved back here to take advantage of the hands-on learning experience in biology.
What or who influenced your interest in science?
My mom used to be a scientist working in the area of cancer research.
What is it about science that excites you?
The fact that science can influence our lives instantly, while at the same time it is still constantly evolving.
Will you pursue a career in science? If so, what do you hope to accomplish?
My goal is to get into an M.D./Ph.D. program. I want to see patients, as well as be involved in cutting-edge research that would improve our ability to help patients.
Why is it important to have programs like INBRE?
INBRE gives college students a better understanding of what we learn in class well before we graduate. It helps reinforce the material from lectures that will in turn help produce better scientists or doctors or pharmacists and the like. Also, the program helps students make better choices after they graduate. Witnessing how a lab works and the problems and joys of being in the science field gives students a clear understanding of what our future will be like. The experience gives us an advantage over our peers -- the advantage of being aware and informed.
Nice profile...congratulations. Best wishes for your research
The INBRE program
The INBRE/BRIN program is overseen by James Turpen, Ph.D., a professor in UNMC's Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy, and principal investigator of the $17.2 million National Institutes of Health grant that supports the program.
Established in 2001, the INBRE program was created to expose students to serious biomedical research, build a statewide biomedical research infrastructure between undergraduate and graduate institutions and to strengthen undergraduate institution's infrastructure and increase its capacity to conduct cutting-edge biomedical and behavioral research.
The students, referred to as INBRE scholars, enter the program after completing their sophomore year of college upon recommendation by their college professors. The students are given a two-year scholarship and spend ten weeks each summer conducting research on either their home campus or at UNMC, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln or Creighton University.
At the end of the summer the students attend the INBRE annual meeting where they will give an oral presentation.