In the summer of 2009, funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) enabled National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), funded researchers to support research experiences for high school and college students, science teachers, and faculty from nonresearch-intensive institutions.

Find the list below, and click this link for more details about how the interns and their mentors benefited from the experience.

Mentor: Robin Davis, PhD
Rutgers University
Summer Intern: Edmund Lee
Project Title: Ion Channel Diversity in Primary Auditory Neurons

Mentor: Suzanne Mansour, PhD
University of Utah
Summer Intern: Sara Rees
Project Title: Genes Involved in Ear Development

Mentor: Timothy McClintock, PhD
University of Kentucky
Summer Intern: Adrian Fischl
Project Title: Genomic of Olfactory Regeneration

Mentor: Michael Pichichero, PhD
Rochester General Hospital
Summer Intern: Robert Osgood, PhD
Project Title: NTHi Immunity in Young Children

Mentor: Hinrich Staecker, M.D., PhD
University of Kansas Medical Center
Summer Intern: Justin Wei
Project Title: Development of Atonal Therapy for Bilateral Vestibular Hypofunction

Mentor: John V. Brigande, PhD
Oregon Health and Science University
Summer Intern: Kendra Klag
Project Title: Molecular Embryology of the Mammalian Inner Ear

Mentor: Qizhi Gong, PhD
University of California, Davis
Summer Interns: Matthew Mahavongtrakul and Christine Chaimanont
Project Title: Regulation of Odorant Receptor Gene Expression in Olfactory Sensory Neurons

Mentor: Terry Takahashi, PhD
University of Oregon
Summer Intern: Caitlin Baxter
Project Title: Masking in the Auditory System

Mentor: Sharon Kujawa, PhD, and Charles Liberman, PhD
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School
Summer Intern: Ziwei Hao
Project Title: Basic and Clinical Studies of Noise-Induced and Age-Related Hearing Loss

[Source: NIDCD]