Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program Accepting Applications

Posted: February 21, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

High school and college students interested in exploring the cutting edge of science and medicine, gaining hands-on experience with state-of-the-art technologies in a university research laboratory and mentoring with high-profile scientists can apply for the 2008 Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program at Mason.

Offered at the university’s Prince William Campus in Manassas, the program is in its second year. Application deadline is March 3.

The program begins June 23 with orientation and laboratory safety training and concludes Aug. 18 with a poster session and reception. Students are required to participate Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a voluntary internship with no stipend.

Open to rising high school juniors and seniors and college students, the highly competitive program will accept only 20 aspiring scientists. Interested students must be 15 years old as of June 23, submit an application form and a letter of recommendation and participate in a personal interview. Successful candidates will be notified of acceptance by June 2.

Students will work alongside Mason scientists on timely projects related to proteomic and genomic analysis of cancer and other diseases, antimicrobial drug design, developmental neurobiology, nanotechnology and environmental science. There may be opportunities for their work to be published in scientific journals or presented at professional conferences. In addition, students will learn about the college application process and career preparation, as well as meet scientists from varied disciplines during career day seminars.

For additional information, contact program coordinator Amy VanMeter at 703-993-8303 or, or visit the program web site.

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