High School Summer Scholars

Location: Novato, CA
Job Code: 612
# of Openings: 20


High School Summer Scholars Biology Research Program: Summer 2018

Training the next generation of researchers on aging

PROGRAM:   Each summer the Buck Institute for Research on Aging provides a seven-week research internship to prepare local high school students for careers in biomedical and Geroscience research. With 20 research labs participating, students have the opportunity to explore research involving the aging process and aging-related diseases. Through mentorship in their lab, students develop the skills and background necessary to pursue research science. 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 the last day of the internship at the Buck Institute.

ELIGIBILITY:  High school students who have completed at least one Advance Placement science course (or equivalent). Non-local studnets are invited to apply, but must arrange their own housing if accepted.  

FEES AND SCHOLARSHIPS:  There is a charge of $2,500 per intern 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 completed and mailed no later than March 15th to:

Buck Institute Learning Center

8001 Redwood Blvd.

Novato, CA 94945

PROGRAM DETAILS:  The program runs for seven weeks from June 18 to August 3. 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 application  With your application please include a resume, cover letter, letter of recommendation (from a teacher or mentor), and transcript. The letter of recommendation and transcript can be sent directly from your school to the Buck Institute ( OR Buck Institute Learning Center, 8001 Redwood Blvd, Novato, CA 94945. Application materials must be received by March 16th.

Please contact the Learning Center, at or (415) 209-2000 x 6161 with any further questions.

The High School Summer Scholars Program is made possible through a generous grant by the Winifred Clive Foundation.

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