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Summer Internship Spotlight: Katrina Hartman

Summer Internship Spotlight: Katrina Hartman

Summer break is about more than having fun in the sun. For a number of Simpson student-athletes, the summer months provide an opportunity to prepare for their career. This year, is taking a closer look at how eight student-athletes are making the most of their summer.

Katrina Hartman

Sport: Volleyball
Hometown: New Prague, Minn.
Class this Fall: Junior
Major: Neuroscience (pre-Med)
Internship: Participant in the Mentored Student Research Program at Des Moines University

What are your primary responsibilities?

Responsibilities include working in the lab on my project: exploring how estrogen affects the polarization of microglia to regulate hypertension.

How does this position help with your career goals?

I am learning so much about the mechanisms behind hypertension, which will definitely help me in my goals to become a physician. I am also gaining networking opportunities with DMU students and faculty here at the medical school.

Did Simpson play a role in helping you get these internships? If so, how?

I learned about the program from a student who researched here last year, and I received a lot more information about it from my advisor, Dr. Brittingham.

How has your experience as a student-athlete been helpful in this position?

My role as a student-athlete has definitely benefited me in this position, because it has instilled in me values of collaboration and determination. Every procedure in the lab has countless steps; there are so many things that can go wrong, so collaborating with other researchers and not giving up on the project is essential.

Previous Internship Spotlights

Tanner Jansen, baseball
Ashlee Litterer, cross country and track
RJ Brown, wrestling