ERIC Number: EJ758999
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Middle/High School Students in the Research Laboratory: A Summer Internship Program Emphasizing the Interdisciplinary Nature of Biology
McMiller, Tracee; Lee, Tameshia; Saroop, Ria; Green, Tyra; Johnson, Casonya M.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, v34 n2 p93-88 Mar 2006
We describe an eight-week summer Young Scientist in Training (YSIT) internship program involving middle and high school students. This program exposed students to current basic research in molecular genetics, while introducing or reinforcing principles of the scientific method and demonstrating the uses of mathematics and chemistry in biology. For the laboratory-based program, selected students from Baltimore City Schools working in groups of three were teamed with undergraduate research assistants at Morgan State University. Teams were assigned a project that was indirectly related to our laboratory research on the characterization of gene expression in "Caenorhabditis elegans". At the end of the program, teams prepared posters detailing their accomplishments, and presented their findings to parents and faculty members during a mini-symposium. The posters were also submitted to the respective schools and the interns were offered a presentation of their research at local high school science fairs.
Descriptors: High School Students, Science Laboratories, Biology, Scientific Methodology, Research Assistants, Internship Programs, Genetics, Faculty, Science Fairs, Summer Programs, Middle School Students, Chemistry, Mathematical Applications
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Maryland