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2013 Annual Science Report

Georgia Institute of Technology Reporting  |  SEP 2012 – AUG 2013

EPO Activity: Summer Research Experiences for Underrepresented Minority High School Students

Project Progress

This year the Georgia Tech Team instituted a program in which 10th grade students (from under-represented groups) and several undergraduates spent the entire summer working along side Center researchers in the laboratory. We started the summer with a one week molecular biology boot camp, in which the students were taught basic molecular biology and biochemical techniques. For the rest of the summer the students worked in research labs alongside seasoned researchers. At the end of the summer the students presented posters in a School of Chemistry and Biochemistry poster session. Later on some of them presented their posters at the South East Regional American Chemical Society meeting. These 10th graders will maintain a long-term relationship with our center. Currently we are working with them on their posters for their high school science fairs. We plan to mentor and help guide these students through their college application processes.