Date: May 16,1994

A fundamental experience of the research scientist is that of discovery--of finding something new, or trying something new without knowing what the outcome will be. But most high school science students' experiences are a far cry from this ideal. Rather, cookbook experiments are the norm, with the goal of achieving the "correct" outcome.

Some research institutions, however, are broadening students' horizons by offering summer internships that allow youngsters to work side by side with researchers. One such program is offered by the Coriell Institute for Medical Research in Camden, N.J., which brings about a dozen local high school and college students into the research labs each summer, and sends them home again with a new perspective on science, research, and career possibilities.

It is enormously satisfying, says David Beck, president of the institute, to introduce a young person to the world of science....

Interested in reading more?

Become a Member of

Receive full access to digital editions of The Scientist, as well as TS Digest, feature stories, more than 35 years of archives, and much more!
Already a member?