2023 Summer Intern Report: Caroline Render


University of Virginia, Class of 2023

Focused Ultrasound Research Funding Opportunities

Project Overview 
My project involved identifying disease-specific foundations for potential co-funding partnerships. I also researched grant opportunities for preclinical, clinical, and translational research using focused ultrasound technology. 

Project Outcomes 
My research helped build a database consisting of grant opportunities for researchers that was populated on the Foundation’s website and distributed in the newsletter. Helping to inform researchers about opportunities for funding beyond the Foundation provides benefit to the field. 

Why were you initially interested in working with the Foundation? 
I learned about the Foundation through one of my classes at UVA. As a premedical student, I was intrigued by the technology and its future benefits. I wanted to learn more about the technology, understand how a medical foundation is run, and spread awareness for focused ultrasound treatment and applications. 

Describe your experience as an intern. 
I have been working as a Foundation intern for a year now and have loved it! I am working remotely now, but I also enjoyed the office atmosphere and working with other interns. I appreciated how a team member would speak about their career path on the first Friday of every month. It is helpful for students and recent graduates who are interested in the sciences. 

How will your accomplishments impact the field of focused ultrasound? 
Directing researchers to funding promotes further research in the field. Additionally, through researching new disease-specific foundations, I helped promote collaboration and the application of focused ultrasound treatments into new indications. 

Has your internship affected your career plans? 
Yes, prior to working at the Foundation, I thought that I wanted to pursue a joint MD/MPH degree. My internship showed me the importance of business knowledge in the medical field and has led me to consider pursuing an MD/MBA degree instead. 

What is one tip that you would give 2024 summer interns? 
Ask questions about what other people are doing and value your mentor as a resource.