Now in its sixth year as an internship, the two-semester long program is open to all UArizona undergraduate majors interested in learning about the behind-the-sciences at a scientific institution.
Students work with a BIO5 staff member in an administrative and business role on a project of their choice that can include — but isn’t limited to — business administration, digital marketing, educational outreach, event planning, grant writing and graphic design.
Learn more about what the 2022–2023 BIO5 Ambassadors worked on with their BIO5 staff mentors.
Outreach with the KEYS Research Internship
Now a UArizona alumni, Will Peterson worked with Kelle Hyland, KEYS program manager, and Jordan Pilch, KEYS outreach instructional assistant, for his internship. He majored in ecology and evolutionary biology with a minor in applied technology and has plans to pursue medical school.
“Giving back to Tucson through community outreach was enjoyable, especially alongside a team of skilled science educators on the KEYS team,” said Will.
He traveled to Arizona high schools to recruit students for the BIO5 Institute summer program, KEYS Research Internship, where high school students gain experience working on immersive, real-world projects under the mentorship of UArizona scientists.
“Will's natural skillset to engage with students made mentoring him a rewarding experience for us all! His positive attitude was my favorite thing he brought to the KEYS team,” said Kelle.
The Business of Science
Public health major Ragana Vurelly was mentored by Sean Cadin, BIO5 business manager, learning the business side of science for her internship experience. With her major emphasis in quantitative methods, she hopes to get a graduate degree in public health, healthcare administration or data science after graduation.
“Ragana’s enthusiasm and energy coming into this internship had us both excited to learn alongside each other. Mentorship not only helps us guide students to success, but it also helps us grow as individuals,” said Sean.
Her focus was on grant proposals and approvals, and understanding how money is allocated to research projects.
“Sean helped me explore my passion for the connection between business and science. Whether it was learning about grant proposals or administrative duties, I appreciated having a supportive mentor,” said Ragana.
Community Engagement and Tours
Drew Seiser worked with Tammy White, BIO5 tour and event coordinator, to plan and lead various tours for BIO5 guests and for the signature community event called Discover BIO5. With plans to graduate in 2024, Drew wants to get an advanced degree. She is interested in doing research or getting involved in medical device or pharmaceutical sales after she finishes school.
“Working alongside Tammy helped me find my individual voice. Stepping outside my comfort zone and engaging with a diverse audience was crucial for professional development,” said Drew.
Most importantly for her, Drew learned about the administrative side of the BIO5 Institute while teaching people about its science and people.
“Drew naturally related to others during our time working together. It was amazing to see her speak with younger audiences and present the value of STEM and the BIO5 Institute,” said Tammy.