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The TRIP Initiative

The application for the 2023 program at William Tennent High School is now open

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 TRIP 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 program 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 (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 tripinitiative.com/blog.


How to apply to TRIP - the application

All application materials are due 11:59 pm on Sunday, October 16th, 2022.

To apply to the next session of TRIP Initiative, the applicant must complete this online application and upload a recent school transcript.

Upload a school transcript

Please upload your transcript to: https://www.dropbox.com/request/h60vZy0mJ0x6El24qTya

When you submit a file yourself, please input the following information when prompted by Dropbox:

  1. The name used in your TRIP application, formatted as: Last name, First name
  2. The email address you would like to be contacted at for all TRIP-related communications.

If you have a file submitted on your behalf (for example, by a school counselor), please ask them to submit the file using your name and email address as above.

Application Review Timeline

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of program staff and alumni at the end of November. Following review, qualifying applicants will interview with program staff in early December. Applicants who are invited to interview may also be asked to arrange for a letter of recommendation to be sent to program staff by mid-December. Final decisions will be made by the end of December 2022.

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 donate.foxchase.org/TRIP or download the brochure.

For more information, contact Dr. Amanda Purdy, TRIP Director, at tripinitiative@gmail.com.

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