High School Summer Scholars Biology Research Immersion Program: Summer 2015

Training the next generation of researchers on aging

PROGRAM:  Each summer the Buck Institute for Research on Aging provides  an in-depth internship program to give local high school students the tools and mentorship necessary to excel in science and mathematics. With 20 research labs participating, students have the opportunity to explore research involving the aging process and aging-related diseases. Students are encouraged to visit Buck Institute faculty websites to read about the research being conducted at the Buck and to indicate an area of interest when applying for the program.

Interns will:

Participate in cutting edge research at the Buck Institute
Attend weekly meetings to receive mentorship, review laboratory notebooks, discuss data and delineate goals and expectations
Attend a weekly course on the responsible conduct of research
Complete a course on laboratory/radiation safety that teaches valuable skills and ensures safety while in the lab
Participate in an end-of-summer research symposium
Prepare a 10 minute PowerPoint presentation at the completion of their research and from that a large-format poster.

A Poster Presentation and Celebration for students, families, teachers, mentors and faculty will take place on Friday, August 7 at the Buck Institute.

ELIGIBILITY: High school students who are completing 10th and 11th grades. 

FEES AND SCHOLARSHIPS:  There is a charge of $2,500 per intern to cover the Institute's program costs over and above the generous support of program sponsors. Full and partial scholarships are available to students completing 10th and 11th grades based on financial need. A separate Scholarship Application form can be downloaded, completed and mailed with your counselor or teacher's recommendation no later than March 16, 2015 to Buck Institute Education Office, 8001 Redwood Blvd., Novato, CA 94945.  Please have your school send a copy of your transcript and written confirmation separately.  

PROGRAM DETAILS: The program runs for seven weeks from June 22 to August 7. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to specified start and end dates. Students participate from 30 to 40 hours per week depending on the agreement with their supervisor. Days-off during the week of July 4th should be arranged in advance with their supervisor.  Students are expected to behave and dress appropriately for a professional environment. There is a dress code based on attire suitable to a research lab environment.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Complete the electronic internship application found here. The application deadline for the 2015 High School Summer Scholars Program is 5:00 pm on March 16, 2015.

Please contact Mary Elsbree, Learning Center Administrator, at Vol_K_12Edu@buckinstitute.org or (415) 209-2000 x 9220.

"Wells Fargo is proud to be a long-time supporter of the Buck Institute’s Summer Scholars Program. Deserving high school students get real laboratory experience that helps propel them into a great future. Some of these kids even get their names included in peer-reviewed scientific studies – it’s a joy to see them succeed."

Herbert H. Myers
Wells Fargo Bank

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