College of Science Students to Explore the Rigors of Academic Medicine through the MD Anderson Summer Externship

Five College of Science students have been selected to participate in the MD Anderson Cancer Center Summer Externship for Undergraduate Students. This program provides an opportunity for high-performing students interested in medicine to gain valuable insights into medical training, care delivery and to experience oncology as a potential area of specialization.

“This is an excellent experience for students interested in clinical medicine and research. These students will have an opportunity to shadow some of the nation’s top medical professionals and gain first-hand experience with a variety of medical staff teams at MD Anderson,” said Cynthia Peterson, dean, LSU College of Science.

This is the first year that the externship has been open to LSU students. In the past, only University of Texas and Texas A&M students were eligible for participation. Dr. Erich Sturgis, a MD Anderson physician and 1985 graduate of LSU’s biochemistry program, worked with Dean Peterson to make the program available to LSU students. More than 50 LSU students applied for placement in the program. The students selected are:

  • Harley Bordelon, biology major from Morganza,
  • James Briscoe, biochemistry major from Baton Rouge,
  • Nicole Dominique, microbiology major from Thibodaux,
  • Victoria Huynh, biochemistry major from Lafayette, and
  • Madeline Shannon, biology major from Mandeville.

The month-long externship experience will include outpatient and inpatient clinics. Externs will also experience what is truly means to deliver care, including the challenges of diagnosis and the delivery of difficult treatment regimens.




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College of Science 


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LSU Media Relations