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High School Program

High School Program

Summer Fellowship Program in Biomedical Research

Wistar’s Summer Fellowship Program 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 2019 Program are June 24 to August 16. 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 submit a one-page letter describing their research interest and career goals.  The letter should also include a phone number/email address where the student can be contacted.  A letter of recommendation from a science teacher and a transcript should also be submitted. The deadline for submission is March 29, 2019. 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 program 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 program from:

Gray Charitable Trust
Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation 
The Do Gooders