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Summer Destinations 2019: Wolf makes strides in cancer research at summer internship

August 19, 2019

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Courtesy of Natalie Miller

Hunter Wolf dissecting an eye in biomed.

Not everyone has to travel far and wide to get the amazing summer experience. For students like Hunter Wolf, nothing says summer like learning opportunities. She will be working at the National Cancer Institute at Fort Detrick over her break and is eager to continue her biomedical studies.

Between holding a job at Tropical Smoothie and interning, she is fully booked for the three month vacation.

She will work 40 hours a week all summer, and continuing into her senior year. Leaving school half a day for her internship.

Throughout her high school career, Wolf has been involved in the CTC Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science courses. This internship will be a great asset to furthering her education in the biomedical field.

The main reason why she was so interested in the biomed program was her natural love for science and her sudden interest in the field when her grandfather passed away due to primary liver cancer. She attended seminars and lectures to gain more knowledge about it and researched different internships.

Claudine Marcum is Wolf’s biomed teacher who helped her find this internship.

“I had great confidence in her ability to complete an independent project because of her cognitive ability and motivation and therefore encouraged her to apply for an internship at the National Cancer Institute,” said Marcum.

Over the summer, Wolf will be working with her mentor and other students to research and develop RNA-based nanoparticles that can be used as a treatment to interfere with cancer cells.

This will be her first internship, so the anticipation is increasing.

“I am excited to be exposed to real labs and gain further experience with real world research. This internship is a step out of my comfort zone but I can’t wait,” said Wolf.

The process to be chosen was long but well worth the wait. She had to apply and wait to be selected for an interview, and after that she waited for her acceptance letter in the mail. Internships help students move towards real career options and advance their skills.

“When she wants something she goes for it, it is her work ethic her mother and I are most  proud of,” said Hunters father, Jon Wolf.

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