Kaela Gilbert '13
Kaela Gilbert ’13 has been awarded acceptance into Yale University’s prestigious Discovery to Cure summer internship program.
The highly selective, 6-week program is open to high school juniors with an interest in science and medicine. Dr. Gil Mor, M.D., PhD of Yale’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, created the program to expose top-notch students from both local and international high schools to Yale's laboratories while “opening their minds to future career opportunities.”
Science teacher Laura Monti first heard about the program though Taft parents Bill Garfinkle and Linda Elkman; Monti nominated five Taft students for honor.
“All five nominees are amazing young women,” Laura Monti said. “They are all intelligent, hardworking and just plain nice people. All five are doing very well in AP Biology, which is an incredibly rigorous course that involves a great deal of independent learning. I think all five were deserving of this honor, but this is a very selective program and I am thrilled that Kaela was accepted.”
Each year Yale selects 25 to 30 participants for the program; the applicant pool is many times that number. Selected students spend six weeks working in a laboratory with a research scientist, who acts as their mentor. At the end of their training, students present their data and receive a certificate of completion. Students are invited to attend weekly lunch-meetings to discuss their project and meet other scientists from the medical school.