Lincoln School Students Will Participate in a Pediatric Cancer Nanocourse at Stanford University This Summer

PROVIDENCE, RI – Two rising seniors from Lincoln School will be participating in the 2014 Pediatric Cancer Nanocourse at Stanford University this August. One of the primary goals of the course is to encourage and empower the next generation of scientists. Students will interact with experts in the field, shadow scientists in the lab, and participate in a team research project. Previous nanocourse project results have been published in professional journals and presented at professional conferences. Peter Brooks, Director of Lincoln’s Upper School, believes that “this is an incredible opportunity for our students to not only learn about the field of medical research, but also to participate in the efforts to find a cure for pediatric cancers.”

This opportunity arose through the efforts of Lincoln School parents John and Lisa Mackintosh, whose daughter Renee is a sophomore at Lincoln; her sister Nicole, suffered from Diffused Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, a rare form of brain stem cancer, and was a member of the class of 2020. After starting a local chapter of the Cure Starts Now foundation, the Mackintosh family got to know Dr. Michelle Monje, Assistant Professor of Neurology and a scholar in Pediatric Neuro-Oncology at Stanford University, who is sponsoring and directing the nanocourse. John Mackintosh stated, “Dr. Monje is an accomplished and approachable physician dedicated to curing childhood diseases and mentoring future scientists.  Lisa and I are very excited Lincoln students will be participating in the course.”

Nine juniors who are interested in the fields of medicine and/or medical research have submitted essays in hopes of being selected to participate in this prestigious course. The selection committee will notify students of their decision by April.

Lincoln School is a Quaker independent college preparatory school for girls, founded in 1884, where high academic and ethical standards challenge students from two year olds through Grade 12 to nurture their special talents and interests.

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