The TRIP Initiative

The application period for the 2022 program at William Tennent High School is now open!

To apply for the 2022 program go to: TRIP Initiative.

Download the program flyer HERE
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 Communication.

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

During the Experimentation phase, students perform experiments, learn to collect and analyze data, and, most importantly, learn how to think through and overcome failure.

Empowering youth. changing the future... and building the next generation of scientists... one teen at a time

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.

The TRIP Initiative course is offered during the school year (January-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


Help More Students Explore Science

The Teen Research Internship Program (TRIP) at Fox Chase is a recognized Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) under the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program (EITC) of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Businesses who support Fox Chase Cancer Center’s Teen Research Internship Program (TRIP) may be eligible for a tax credit through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program. Learn more here.

To make a personal tax-deductible contribution to support TRIP, please visit or download the brochure.

For more information, contact Dr. Alyssa Leystra, Education Coordinator of Academic Affairs and Lead TRIP Instructor, at

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