Thomas Jefferson University

SummerScience@Jefferson

Jefferson - Center City Campus

2020 Session Dates: June 22 – July 20

Now Accepting Applications for the 2020 Program

Application Deadline  May 8, 2020

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Please note that the SummerScience@Jefferson is a day program, not residential. Students must arrange transportation to campus daily.

The program aims to foster an appreciation of the role of science in everyday life, to promote an informed understanding of scientific issues that appear in headlines in the news, and to familiarize high school students (juniors and seniors) with the vital and expanding field of biomedical sciences. The instructors for SummerScience@Jefferson are faculty members of the various Colleges at Thomas Jefferson University who are passionate about sharing their knowledge with high school students through lectures, discussion, and hands-on laboratory experiences. The culmination of the program is our Summer Science Symposium Day, during which the students make formal presentations on a topic that they have explored during the summer program, based upon their combination of theoretical knowledge and laboratory experiences gained during the summer program.  SummerScience@Jefferson brings together faculty from across our College of Life Sciences programs. 


Topics include:

Forensic Science, Genetics & Molecular Biology, & Clinical 3D Printing

Students will be introduced to the exciting world of clinical 3D printing. They will have the opportunity to go on a tour of Jefferson’s Health Design Lab where they will learn and explore ways in which scientists are currently integrating sustainable 3D printing into a wide array of medical and educational applications to benefit human health. Students will immerse themselves into the suspenseful world forensic science. They will carry out mock criminal investigations as junior forensic scientists, analyzing and solving a variety of cases. These cases will incorporate a wide array of forensic science applications, such as forensic biology to analyze blood and DNA evidence, entomology to use insects in estimating the time of death, hair and tire track analysis, and forensic chemistry techniques. Students will be introduced to current gene editing tools such as the buzz worthy “CRISPR/Cas9” tool. They will learn about CRISPR technology, current uses, and the many ethical considerations surrounding its use and how ethics and regulations must evolve to keep up with the current and fast-paced advances in science. Students will have the opportunity to carry out a CRISPR experiment in the lab.

Cell Biology & Neuroscience

Students are introduced to the basic facts of cell biology, including cell morphology and physiology, and learn about the macroscopic and microscopic aspects of reversible and irreversible cell injury. Students also study the morphology of cancer cells in comparison to normal healthy cells and learn about apoptosis (programmed cell death) and how cancer cells evade this phenomenon. Laboratory experiences include culturing of bacterial, insect or animal cells, staining of cancer and healthy cells, and learning how to count cells and determine cell viability. Students will explore biological concepts from the single cell to whole brains.  Students will learn the remarkable story of Henrietta Lacks, who is considered the “Mother of Modern Medicine” and how her immortal HeLa cell line has contributed to many major scientific discoveries worldwide, from the development of the polio vaccine to testing the effects of zero gravity on humans in space! 

Anatomy & Molecular Mechanisms of Disease, Cancer Biology, |Microbiology & Immunology

Students are introduced to the etiology and pathogenesis of various diseases such as cancer, AIDS, Diabetes, and infectious diseases, including the Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever, while focusing primarily on genetics, environmental factors, and an introduction to epigenetics. Laboratory experiences include an introduction to immunohistochemistry and ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) to diagnose infections such as HIV. Students may also have the option to perform and/or observe the dissection of animals and human cadavers.


To be added to the mailing list for SummerScience@Jefferson program information, please email LaVerne.Webb@jefferson.edu.