by Nick Arias

Romario Thomas, Junior Track & Field star at St. Francis College, recently got accepted into the Harvard Stem Cell Research Institute (HSCI) Internship Program (HIP). Thomas is currently majoring in Biology and maintains a 4.0 GPA. Amongst 600 applicants in the program, Thomas was one of 34 who were selected for the internship during the summer.

“It feels amazing, especially because as a person, stem cell research is something that I’ve always wanted to do. I think that it’s a great opportunity to experience the field before actually just jumping into the field head on to see what it feels like, see how research overall feels like and to go there and do what I’ve always wanted to do and what I love. It feels amazing; I feel honored,” said Thomas to SFC Athletics 

The Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) Internship Program (HIP) allows undergraduate students to enhance their knowledge and skills while receiving hands-on experience in a cutting-edge stem cell science lab.

Romario is an international student from Jamaica who wanted to head into the medical field as a career following graduation. Since entering St. Francis College, Romario has had help from Dr. Ruiz and Dr. Dell who eventually became his mentors throughout his three years in college.

After graduating college in 2020, Romario plans to attend graduate school to eventually receive his Ph.D. in stem cell research and focus on genetics. He hopes that the Harvard Stem Cell Institute Internship Program will help him gain skills and knowledge before heading into grad school.

Besides achieving a 4.0 GPA, Thomas has accomplished so much more while being a student athlete at St. Francis. With the passion and ambition he has for the sport of Track & Field, Romario will continue to show his success during the Harvard Stem Cell Institute Internship Program.

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