High School Students Explore Biomedical Science in Unique Summer Program
Many teens spend their summer days relaxing at the Jersey shore, but SummerScience@Jefferson alumna Aynsley Duncan spent part of hers dissecting a bull’s heart. “It was pretty incredible,” she shares. “It was so large you could stick your entire hand in the aorta.”
SummerScience@Jefferson is a four-week program that sends science-minded high school students into real-world laboratories. Through discussions with leading biomedical researchers and hands-on laboratory experimentation, the program aims to foster an appreciation of the role of science in everyday life, to promote an informed understanding of scientific issues that make daily headlines and to familiarize young people of all backgrounds with the vital and expanding field of biomedical research.
“SummerScience@Jefferson gives high-school students the same exposure that some medical students have to various lab settings,” says program director Lee Bryant, MEd. He explains that students focus on a different topic each week: molecular biology, cell biology and protein chemistry, pathology and anatomy and molecular mechanisms of disease.
Thomas Jefferson University’s Jefferson School of Health Professions organizes the annual program, and instructors serve on the faculty of Jefferson Medical College (Institute for Human Virology and Biodefense; Department of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology) and Jefferson School of Health Professions (Departments of Bioscience Technologies, Radiologic Sciences and Physical Therapy).
This year, SummerScience@Jefferson will be held June 20 to July 15. The program is open to students who have finished at least two years of high school and are in good academic standing. For more information or to apply, visit www.jefferson.edu/summerscience or call 215-503-8414.