Continuing an agreement of understanding between Genesee Community College and Southbank Institute of Technology, Genesee Biotechnology student Leah Reino, will embark on an eight week exchange to Brisbane, Australia to study and work in medical pathology. Leah, who will be traveling initially with her father, David, will depart on Friday, August 13, 2010.
Leah, 17, is the third Genesee student to travel to Australia, but the first biotechnology student. Two nursing students traveled in the spring of 2010 for a nursing placement at Princess Alexandria Hospital in Brisbane. The work placement will allow for Leah to work in two medical pathology laboratories. One is a standalone facility, and the other is in a laboratory at a veteran’s hospital. Leah is excited to embark on this trip of a lifetime.
“I’m really anticipating experiencing the culture, geography, and wildlife of Australia. I especially look forward to meeting new people, with different outlooks on life and different philosophies about how the world works,” Leah said. “I look forward to making new connections and friends. I hope to open my eyes to the world outside of the United States.”
Leah will be working in a lab setting three days a week while attending a work-study like program at Southbank Institute of Technology one day a week. “I am hoping to gain valuable laboratory skills while in a work-study program in Australia, and new information about the fields that I will be working in.”
Leah has been a full time Genesee student since fall of 2007, when she was 15 years old. She was home-schooled through middle school and then completed her high school requirements through Genesee in the spring of 2008. She is now working on her associate's degree with plans to graduate in the spring of 2011. Her future plans include transferring to a four-year school to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering. She hopes to one day obtain a PhD in that same field. Her dream job would be to perform genetic research, preferably with cancer or disease research.
Leah is an accomplished student with many honors and awards to her name. She was named Student of the Semester at the Arcade Campus Center for spring 2008, she has been nominated to the “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities” two years in a row. She boasts a GPA of 3.94 and has completed the GCC Honors Program, as well as been on the Dean’s and President’s lists multiple times. She placed in the top ten in the nation for the 2009 NISOD Student Essay Contest for her essay about Michael Weston, a history professor at the College. Most recently, Leah won the 2010 David A. Garfinkel Essay Contest that was sponsored by the NYS Appellate Court for her essay “The Evolution of Justice Along the Erie Canal.”
Leah resides on a family farm in Farmersville, NY and lives with her mother and father, David and Gail Reino, and her brother David Benjamin, who has also started his education at Genesee at 15 years of age. Leah’s father, David, is an emergency room doctor in Binghamton, NY, and has been her mentor and inspired her interest in science at a very young age. Leah is an avid horseback rider and competes at fairs and shows throughout Wyoming, Cattaraugus, and Allegheny counties. She is also an active member and former officer in Genesee's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
For further information about Genesee’s Australian study abroad programs, please contact James Goodwin, Genesee’s director of Curriculum Development and Review at 585-343-0055 x6322.
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A photograph of Leah Reino is available at http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/Leah_Reino_Australia.jpg