Briley - a UCSF intern

Ten students from Central California, including Yosemite High School student Clara Briley, 17, were recently selected to take part in the UCSF Fresno Summer Biomedical Internship Program (SBI).

The prestigious program pairs selected students who are going into their senior year of high school with faculty members at UCSF Fresno to work on research projects for two months over the summer. The program is aimed at providing students with hands-on biomedical research experience while introducing them to careers in health and medicine.

Some of the research projects students will be working on involve cancer, clinical simulation training, diabetes and lupus. The students will conduct research at California State University, Fresno, Community Regional Medical Center, Sierra Pacific Orthopaedic Center and UCSF Fresno Center for Medical Education and Research.

“A career in medicine would be fascinating and very enjoyable for me” Briley said. “Working with others collectively to create vaccines and cures for diseases that will help people all over the world compels me to become a doctor of biomedical research. Another career in science that I am looking at is a forensic scientist or forensic detective. Working with police to solve crimes with science is something that piques my interest.”

The daughter of Dave Briley and Kellie Flanagan Briley of Coarsegold, Clara is a full IB student, has a 5.0 GPA, will serve as the YHS senior class president in the fall, and is a member of the YHS swim and dive team.

Nearly 70 students applied for the program this year. Since it was established in 1988, more than 200 high-achieving students have graduated from the Summer Biomedical Research Internship Program. Many of the SBI graduates are now health professionals. A number of them have returned to the San Joaquin Valley and are working as doctors, pharmacists and nurses. Students are selected based on academic merit, questionnaire responses, interviews, and letters of recommendation from their teachers.

The students will present their research findings, 6 - 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 5, at the UCSF Fresno auditorium.

UCSF is the nation's leading university exclusively focused on health. Now celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding as a medical college, UCSF is dedicated to transforming health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care.

It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with world-renowned programs in the biological sciences, a preeminent biomedical research enterprise and top-tier hospitals, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals.

UCSF Fresno SBI is funded by the Fresno Regional Foundation, Cal-Viva Health and other contributors.

Details: (559) 499-6423,,

- Staff report