The TRIP Initiative

Students gain hands-on training in basic laboratory techniques and conceptual skills including hypothesis generation, experimental design and data analysis.

The Teen Research Internship Program (TRIP) is a rigorous lab-based course for high school students who are motivated to explore their interests in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). The mission of the TRIP Initiative is to foster an enthusiasm for science by offering students a chance to do hypothesis-driven research and hands-on learning in a lab.

The course is split into three phases: Project Design, Experimentation, and Presentation.

During the Project Design phase, students use their creativity and curiosity to develop potential research questions surrounding the impact of diet, environmental stress and genetics on organismal development and behavior, while learning basic lab and problem solving skills.

During the second phase (Experimentation), students perform experiments, learn about data collection and analysis, and, most importantly, learn how to think through and overcome failure.

In the final phase, students present their findings to the scientific community, their peers and their family in a scientific symposium where they gain insight into the real world and big picture applications of their work. Beyond the lab, students also receive one-on-one mentoring with Fox Chase faculty; they learn team building and leadership skills and become part of a family of driven and curious students.

Empowering youth. changing the future... and building the next generation of scientists... one teen at a timeThe TRIP Initiative course is offered during the school year (February-May) at William Tennent High School in Warminster and during the summer (July-August) at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Learn about the experiences of previous TRIP students at

Application process

For students interested in the summer program at Temple University, the online application will be made available in March 2018.

  • Students complete the online application and submit three letters of recommendation
  • Applications are then reviewed by a panel of program staff and alumni.
  • Following review, qualifying applicants will interview with program staff.

Program Requirements for Students

  • High school students are eligible to participate in the program.
  • Completion of at least one high school Biology or Chemistry course is preferred.
  • Students must commit to attending all sessions of the program.
  • Parental consent is required for participation.
For more information, contact Dr. Amanda Purdy, Manager of Academic Programs and TRIP Initiative Director, at