Biology Research Immersion Course for High School Students: Summer 2014

Training the next generation of researchers on aging

PROGRAM:  In line with the directives of the Presidential Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) campaign, the Buck Institute for Research on Aging provides a program each summer to give local high school students the tools and mentorship necessary to excel in science and mathematics. With 23 research labs participating, students have the opportunity to explore research involving the aging process and aging-related diseases. 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.

Students 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 reserach 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 Friday, August 8 at the Buck Institute.

ELIGIBILITY: Marin and Sonoma County high school students who are completing 10th and 11th grades. 

FEES AND SCHOLARSHIPS:  There is a charge of $2,500 per student to cover the Institute's program costs over and above the generous support of program sponsors

Full and partial scholarships are available to students completing 10th and 11th grades on the basis of academic merit and financial need.  To apply for a scholarship, students should have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0, a letter of recommendation from their guidance counselor or science teacher, and description of the need for financial support which may include a letter from your school.

A monthly payment plan is also available.

PROGRAM DETAILS: The program runs for 7 weeks from June 16 to August 7, 2014. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to the 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:  We are accepting applications now.  Applicants should submit a Cover Letter, Resumé and complete the electronic Program Application Form by March 31, 2014.  The student and parent/guardian must complete all the required paperwork.

Applicants will be notified by April 30th or sooner and an orientation will be held for students and parents on Monday, June 9th at 6:00pm. A separate Scholarship Application Form can be downloaded, completed and mailed with your counselor or teacher’s recommendation no later than March 31, 2014 to Education Office, Buck Institute for Research on Aging, 8001 Redwood Blvd., Novato, CA 94945.  Please have your school send a copy of your transcript separately.

Please direct all questions to Jean Mariani at or (415) 209-2283.

"Wells Fargo is proud to be a long-time supporter of the Buck Institute’s Summer Scholars Program. Deserving high school students get real laboratory experience that helps propel them into a great future. Some of these kids even get their names included in peer-reviewed scientific studies – it’s a joy to see them succeed."

Herbert H. Myers
Regional Business Banking President
San Francisco Bay Area Region
Wells Fargo Bank

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