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The TRIP Initiative

Teen Research Internship Program (TRIP)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 and medicine. 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, including 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.

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.

Now accepting applications for our summer program at Temple University

The next TRIP course will be held at Temple University's main campus in Philadelphia on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 11, 2017 through August 8, 2017 (4 weeks). The scientific symposium will be held on Thursday August 17, 2017. Two sessions of the program will be offered where Session A is from 9 am-12:30 pm and Session B is from 1:30-5 pm (students attend either A or B session, not both). All classes will be held at in the Science Education Research Center (SERC), 12th and Pollett Walk on Temple University's main campus in Philadelphia. Up to 8 students will be enrolled in each session.

Application process

  • Online Application
  • Students complete the online application and submit three letters of recommendation by Monday, April 10th, 2017.
  • Applications are then reviewed by a panel of program staff and alumni.
  • Following review, qualifying applicants will interview with program staff in June 2017.

Program Requirements for Students

  • High school students, including graduating seniors, are eligible to participate in the program.
  • Completion of at least one high school Biology or Chemistry course is required.
  • 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 amanda.purdy@fccc.edu.
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