2016 Immersion Science Teachers Program Deadline

Date & Time

Monday, June 20, 2016

Registration Information

Registration Deadline: Midnight, June 20, 2016

Download the Application [Word]

To submit an application, please download our T-ISP Application and email to or postal delivery:

Dara Ruiz-Whalen
Immersion Science Program
Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Reimann 340
Philadelphia, PA  19111

  • Every Fall we host local high school teacher for a no-cost, 8 week program.
  • This year we will run the T-ISP from Saturday, September 24,, 2016 through Saturday, November 12, 2016.
  • Each Saturday class will run for three hours, beginning at 9:00am and ending at 12:00pm.
  • The course is run like a real cancer research laboratory, where experiments are set-up one week, performed the following week, and analyzed the third week.  As a result, the most important requirement is that you be able to attend all of the  sessions. In addition to the laboratory portion of the program, we will have 2 to 3 brief lectures, guest lectures, round table discussions, and wrap-up the session with a practicum day where you have the opportunity to trial your new classroom materials with ISP graduates.

Download the T-ISP Program details [PDF]


  • April 2013: The high school training program, now know as the Immersion Science Program, at Fox Chase Cancer Center had its re-launch with the first bi-annual Health Careers Symposium. This was quickly followed by the pilot high school student program. What had been slated for only 8 seats, had such a positive application response that it was raised to 2 session of eight. We had an overwhelming sense of, “WOW! We can teach HIGH SCHOOL students to do cancer research!” Unfortunately, we could only reach 16 students. The idea to see the ripples in the pond spread faster came as the high school teacher Immersion Science Program (T-ISP).
  • Fall 2013: We invited 4 local HS teachers to take a modified version of the student course. TWO of the teachers went on to utilize the techniques of the ISP in their home schools. WOOHOO!
  • February 2014:  We were the recipients of a private donation which funded our outfitting a mobile Footlocker. This rolling box of science is equipped with the materials needed for the teachers of our T-ISP to take the projects, techniques, and protocols from the Teaching Lab directly into their classrooms.
  • Fall 2014: We were joined by three additional HS teachers. Again, we are excited to announce that 2 teachers are working to bring Immersion Science into their home schools, one via the Footlocker and one through cross-curricular work and readings of The Inner Fish.
  • May 2015: We hosted the second bi-annual Immersion Science Health Careers Symposium and welcomed over 230 high school teachers and students to enjoy a day of talks and hands-on labs and demonstrations!
  • Fall 2015: Welcome SIX MORE Philly-Metro-NJ Area High School Teachers to the Immersion Science Community;  Dara Ruiz-Whalen was an invited presentor at the regional NSTA conference held in Philadelphia and shared some of the techniques that T-ISPers bring into their classrooms.
  • Winter(early)2016: Alana O’Reilly is awarded an nSDB Education Activities Grant from The Society for Developmental Biology! Philadelphia School District: Academy at Palumbo and Abraham Lincoln high schools work collaboratively using the fruit fly as a model organism. Immersion Science Program: Outsourcing data collection to high school biology classrooms for mapping the effects of dietary components on Drosophila melanogaster development
  • Spring 2016: Include Nazareth Academy (PA) and Kingsway Regional (NJ) high schools among those whose T-ISP participants have brought Immersion Science into their home classrooms.
  • 2016-2017 School Year: See Immersion Science go out to MORE schools!

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