Aspiring Scientists Program Accepting Applications

Posted: February 19, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

High school or 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 receiving mentorship from high-profile scientists are encouraged to apply for the 2009 Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program at Mason.

Offered at the university’s Prince William Campus in Manassas, the program is in its third year. The application deadline is March 2.

The program begins June 22 with orientation and laboratory safety training and concludes Aug. 17 with a poster session and reception. Students are required to participate Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The program is open to rising high school juniors and seniors and college students. Interested students must be 15 years old as of June 22. To apply, students must submit an application form and a letter of recommendation. A personal interview is also required. Application information and materials are available online.

Successful candidates will be notified of acceptance by April 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, biodefense, bioinformatics and environmental science.

Opportunities may exist for students’ 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 various disciplines during career day seminars.

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