UVRI hosts 2015 Internship Presentation Competition

August 28, 2015

UVRIChristy Craig
Each year, the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI)offers internships to undergraduate and graduate students from Makerere University to provide work experience opportunities and help students develop their research skills. June through August is the peak of internship season, and each year in August, UVRI/Makerere University hosts its internship presentation competition. 
The competition, now in its 5th year, drew over 30 submissions earlier this month. Each abstract submitted was developed by students, for research in diverse fields including administration, virology, social science and community work, statistics and modeling, and clinical sciences. Eleven submissions were selected as finalists to give presentations, which were evaluated by faculty and peers for their demonstrated knowledge of the research topic, quality of presentation, and ability to answer questions asked by the audience. After a close competition, this year's winner was announced: Asiimwe Aggrey, who presented on Evaluation of potential role of CD8 cell non-Cytotoxic antiviral effect on protection from IN-Utero Transmission of HIV-1. Mr. Aggrey found the experience to be rewarding, and stated that "the internship competition was an eye opener towards science research and made me a better presenter, the certificate is going to boost my CV and I am so grateful to my supervisors for advising me." 
Learn more about the competition: Young Scientists Dreaming Big

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