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High School Fellowship in Biomedical Research

The Wistar Institute has not yet made any determinations related to whether the 2020 High School Fellowship Program will occur. In light of this, we will continue to accept applications for the Summer 2020 High School Fellowship Program, however, as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, there may be a need to delay, modify or cancel the program. We appreciate your interest and flexibility during this challenging time.

A Summer of Science for a Lifetime of Learning.

Wistar’s High School Fellowship in Biomedical Research provides an opportunity for students to enhance their understanding of current biological/biomedical theory and research tools and techniques at a nationally recognized nonprofit research institution.  Wistar scientists and their laboratory teams serve as program mentors guiding students through the planning and practice of daily research experiments and activities.  Students learn research skills together, taught by a team of mentors, and individually as each student trains in a principal investigator’s laboratory for the duration of the program; under the direction of the laboratory head, the student is assigned a unique research project related to the research goals of that particular laboratory.  Students are integrated into the daily work of the laboratory, participating in laboratory meetings and gaining exposure to different facets of the laboratory's research.  Mentors help students apply their current knowledge and skills and assist them in making the connection between laboratory experience and their academic studies.  The program includes a weekly lunchtime seminar series presented by Institute scientists and an introduction to research library skills development.

At the end of the summer, students are required to give an oral presentation with slides, as well as prepare a final written report describing their research project, techniques and processes learned, and how the experience was useful to the student both academically and personally.  The students meet periodically with their mentors to prepare and review the content of the oral presentations and written reports. Students are expected to devote 35 hours a week to the program. Students are given a stipend to defray commuting or other expenses they are expected to incur.

To Apply

The dates for the 2020 Program are June 22 to August 14. This program gives preference to students enrolled in the Philadelphia School District. Students who do not live and attend school in the immediate Philadelphia area are not eligible. Interested students, who are at least 16 years old, should complete the application here and submit a one-page letter describing their research interest and career goals.  A letter of recommendation from a science teacher and a transcript should also be submitted. The deadline for submission is March 27, 2020. This material should be sent to:

Dr. William Wunner, Director Academic Affairs
The Wistar Institute
3601 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104

The selection process will include an interview of qualified candidates.

Contact Us

For more information about the High School Fellowship in Biomedical Research at The Wistar Institute, please contact:

Maria Colelli
The Wistar Institute
3601 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104


The Wistar Institute gratefully acknowledges generous support for the High School Fellowship in Biomedical Research from:

Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation 
Gray Charitable Trust
Pincus Family Foundation

High School Fellowship Program

“The High School Fellowship gave me valuable experiences I could not have gotten elsewhere.”

A.L., Julia R. Masterman Laboratory & Demonstration School
Wistar High School Fellowship Graduate

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