Applications Open for 11th Year of Helios Scholars at TGen Biomedical Research Internships

Author: Steve Yozwiak, TGen Senior Science Writer

Posted on: January 4, 2017

Following a successful 10th anniversary celebratory year, the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) today began accepting applications for the start of a second decade of Helios Scholars at TGen.

Each summer, 45 students are selected for TGen’s flagship biomedical research internship program, supported by Helios Education Foundation.

Now entering its 11th year, Helios Scholars at TGen is an 8-week paid internship for Arizona students looking to further their interest in bioscience and medicine. Helios Scholars work in TGen's laboratories, receiving one-on-one mentorship from TGen scientists. These research projects aim for new discoveries about illnesses such as neurological disorders, infectious diseases and many types of cancer.

“We are excited about the start of a second decade of this significant collaboration with TGen,” said Paul J. Luna, President and CEO, Helios Education Foundation. “Helios Scholars at TGen is one of the most coveted bioscience internships in Arizona, providing intensive, hands-on learning to a diverse student population.”

Since the program began in 2007, 420 students have completed Helios Scholars at TGen. These scholars boast an array of impressive accomplishments, including acceptance into top tier graduate and medical schools, unique career developments, national awards and scholarships, and authorship credit in numerous scientific publications.

“Every class of Helios Scholars at TGen has big shoes to fill from the previous year's interns. We are looking for students who will rise to that challenge and take on a summer of scientific research to improve the lives of patients,” said Julie Euber, TGen’s Manager of Education and Outreach.

In addition to patient-focused research, Helios Scholars participate in professional development seminars, including science communication, public speaking, and basic business etiquette, as well as social activities to build and strengthen relationships between students.

The internships are open to Arizona high school, undergraduate and graduate level students, including those in medical school.

Applications will be accepted through Feb. 10 at For more information, contact Julie Euber at 602-343-8459, or

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