The TRIP Initiative

The application for the 2024 program at William Tennent High School is now closed

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.


Immersion Science



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-April) at William Tennent High School in Warminster, PA.

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, TRIP Director, at [email protected].