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Applications for summer 2017 Portage Health Foundation Graduate Assistantships

Screen Shot 2017-01-16 at 8.39.25 AMApplications for summer 2017 Portage Health Foundation Graduate Assistantships are being accepted and are due no later than 4 p.m. Feb. 14 to Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School. Instructions on the application and evaluation process are online.

Students are eligible if all of the following criteria are met:

  • Must be a PhD student participating in health-related research that is aligned with the PHF’s mission
  • Must be eligible for or in Research Mode at the time of application
  • It must be two years after starting the graduate program at the time of application
  • Must not have previously received a PHF Graduate Assistantship

Priority will be given to students originally from Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga or Ontonagon counties. Non-resident students and international students are encouraged to apply if their health research is applicable to health needs and job shortages of our local community (obesity research, rural health, medical informatics, drug delivery and lab testing, physical therapy, etc.).

These assistantships are available through the generosity of the Portage Health Foundation. They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD talent in health-oriented research areas. Applicants should be catalysts for promoting and improving the overall health of residents in Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga and Ontonagon counties through one of the following:

  • Health research and technology development
  • Health education or preventive and wellness initiatives
  • Rural healthcare access, informatics and assessment of care

Students who receive full support through a PHF Graduate Assistantship may not accept any other employment. For example, students cannot be fully supported by a PHF Graduate Assistantship and accept support as a GTA or GRA.


Hospital Labs: Behind the Scenes

Hospital LabsHere, unseen professionals detect crucial health information from your medical tests.

The white-coated phlebotomist stops by your bedside to draw blood. Making sure the labels on the collection vials match your hospital ID band, she applies a tourniquet above the antecubital space inside your elbow, where the veins pop up nicely. You barely feel the venipuncture needle as she expertly slides it in. Your blood fills several tubes: a lavender top for a complete blood count, a red top for chemistries like potassium levels and a blue top to measure clotting.

“These’ll go straight to the lab,” she says, and you vaguely picture a roomful of dark countertops crowded with test-tube racks and microscopes.

Read more at U.S. News & World Report Health News, by Lisa Esposito.