High School Immersion Science Program







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Immersion Science at Fox Chase Cancer Center

2015 Call for applications

Fox Chase Cancer Center is offering a unique 11-week high school student laboratory training program for select individuals. 

The goal of the Immersion Science program is to provide comprehensive science research training to high school students in order to prepare them for future careers in science and medicine.

This no-cost, challenging, highly selective, college-level course is designed to mimic the experience of joining a research laboratory, with a very high instructor to student ratio (1:4). Students will gain hands-on training in basic laboratory techniques and conceptual skills including experimental design and analysis, and statistical analysis, as well as gaining an appreciation for the importance of working together as a team to address a significant biomedical problem. Each student will design and complete an independent project that addresses the effects of dietary supplements on normal cells.  Upon completion of the course, students will present their work to their classmates, families, scientists and staff.  

Course Requirements for Students:

  1. Students MUST be 16 years old by January 9, 2015 to participate.
  2. Completion of high school Biology and Chemistry courses are required (one of these courses may be concurrent). Students must commit to attend all 11 weeks of this highly competitive program.  
  3. Parental consent is required for student participation. (please see application)

How to Apply:

Applications accepted now until midnight, November 17, 2014

The Immersion Science Program will be offered at two sites in 2015*

  1. Fox Chase Cancer Center: Main Campus in Northeast Philadelphia
    January 10 through March 14, 2015
    Application and information regarding the dates/times and requirements for the Fox Chase Cancer Center location.
  2. Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA
    January 24 through April 11, 2015
    Application and information regarding the dates/times and requirements for the Ursinus College location.

*NOTE: Each student may only apply for acceptance into ONE AND ONLY ONE program location. Duplicate applications will be discarded prior to review.