EAG Summer Intern Program Celebrates Third Year
EAG Laboratories recently marked the conclusion of this year’s summer intern program, with a reception and poster presentations in Columbia, MO. As a capstone to University of Missouri coursework in biochemistry, six students displayed scientific posters based on their research working at EAG’s contract pharmaceutical, environmental fate and environmental toxicology laboratories. As a complement to their academic training, the students gained experience in techniques, safety and the regulatory aspects of working in a commercial laboratory. “This is the third year of the program,” explains Dr. Loren Schrier, Director, Operations of EAG, “the students are assigned to different departments and work full time on actual projects. They are well-prepared and hit the lab ready to work. And we have hired quite a few of them following this program.”
Dr. Christopher Lee, Professor of Biochemistry at University of Missouri says the students gain valuable access to real world experience of working in industry. “With hands-on practice of applying techniques, these students now have a leg up when applying for jobs involving industrial science. It’s a wonderful program and improves every year.”
The MU student interns agree. “I loved it, and had so much fun,” says Anne Lindsey, “I worked on documentation, protocols, methods and reports. I was able to work on a protocol and method for a new client. Anthony Shumate, a recent MU graduate enjoyed the problem solving aspect of working in a contract laboratory. Working with ICP-MS instrumentation at EAG, Mr. Shumate gained experience in method development and investigative problem solving for a pharmaceutical client of EAG’s.