RESEARCH INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
EARLY INVESTIGATOR HIGH SCHOOL
10:00am to 5pm
Monday to Friday
Various locations including LabLaunch Monrovia and Los Angeles Based Research Laboratories
June 11th - August 3rd
March 1st, 2018
$10,000 per student
(Tuition is required to cover salary, supply, laboratory, research and mentor costs. A CIRM funded version of this program is available for low income students).
The EiHS Research Internship Program is a rigorous, PhD-style training program for high school students who are serious about pursuing a career in science or medicine. This life-changing opportunity enables future scientists to kick-start their careers in laboratories that are transforming the future of medicine. The program takes place over eight-weeks, beginning with a 5-day industry-style training course called the EiHS Boot Camp, designed specifically to prepare high school students for working in a professional research laboratory. Unique to our program, the EiHS Boot Camp provides introductory training in a variety of widely used bioscience techniques, including mammalian cell culture, molecular biology, flow cytometry and microscopy.
After completing the EiHS Boot Camp, participating students join a Los Angeles-based laboratory where they take part in scientific research, guided by a professional scientist and laboratory mentor. The research experience is complemented by educational science forums which explore scientific fields that are implemented outside of the laboratory such as science writing, bioethics, public policy and computational biology. The forums also include a scientific journal club, guest speakers from the stem cell community and a career development seminar where students gain valuable insight into bioscience careers from academic and industry scientists.
The EiHS Research Internship Program ends on the final day with the EiHS Colloquium. This memorable event enables graduating fellows to show case their research to friends, family and local scientists during a formal poster presentation. Budding science writers are also invited to author an article for the EiHS Journal - a publication focusing on popular topics in stem cell research, written by high school students for high school students.
EiHS Boot Camp
During the first week of the program students attend the EiHS Boot Camp - a five day preparatory training course. Held at Pathways to Stem Cell Science in a biotech industry research facility, this course provides hands-on training in essential bioscience techniques such as pipetting, cell culture, stem cell culture, flow cytometry, molecular biology and microscopy.
After completing introductory training, students join the laboratory of an academic, medical or industry scientist where they work on an independent research project broadly relating to stem cells and regenerative medicine. EiHS is one of the only programs in the country to place students in biotech industry research laboratories.
Participating students attend educational forums which expand stem cell science from the laboratory to the outside world. These forums cover a range of fascinating topics from science writing and ethics, to intellectual property and entrepreneurial science. They also include a career development seminar, guest speakers and a scientific journal club.
Colloquium and Graduation
The EiHS program culminates on the last day with a poster presentation and graduation ceremony at the EiHS Colloquium. This memorable event is open to the public and enables students to prepare a professional research poster and showcase their science, to friends, family and local scientists.
EiHS Boot Camp
Colloquium and Graduation
What our Students Say
The EiHS Research Internships Program is a professional training program for students who are serious about pursing a career in science or medicine. It is reserved for a small number of the country's top science students, selected through a competitive application involving an online form and in person interview. To fully benefit from the program you must excel in high school science and cope well with challenging learning situations. To be eligible for the program you must be:
To submit an application to the EiHS Research Internship Program you will need the following documents:
Once you have compiled these documents you are ready to apply using our online application form.
The EiHS Research Internship Program places students in a professional laboratory setting with highly skilled scientists. When selecting students for this program we look for down-to-earth individuals with good interpersonal skills who conduct themselves professionally around their peers. These qualities are judged during an in-person interview with the EiHS program director and based on the answers provided in the personal statement. Final candidates are selected after all eligible applicants have been reviewed.
"Bobby’s participation in the EIHS program ranks as a key highlight of his high school experience. He was able to work directly with Dr. Gregor Adams and his team, investigating the impact of knocking out the gene SDF1 in stromal cells. This was not only a professional, but a personal quest—Bobby’s uncle, one of my younger brothers, had been diagnosed with an unusual cancer the year before, and so Bobby felt a deep connection on multiple levels to the work. He proved an enthusiastic and active participant in the laboratory, where he did hands-on research.
Dr. Fox and her team have put together an incredible program that offers high school students an unparalleled opportunity to be involved in significant, cutting-edge work. Our son’s experience at EIHS was transformative. He not only learned valuable laboratory research skills—he gained a true appreciation for the importance of collaboration in research and its enormous potential to save lives, and he is now inspired to do more".
“Young people learn science best by doing science; there is no substitute for authentic research. Four years ago, we felt honored and privileged to help shape the EiHS program, and to send a few Harvard-Westlake aspiring scientists to the inaugural summer session. During the ensuing summers, about a dozen of our students have participated in EiHS research, and for every one of them it was a transformative experience, one that shaped their perception of the nature of scientific inquiry and strengthened their desire to become scientists.”
"Our students struggle each day in making it to school because of the demographics and the city in which they live. What keeps them going is their education, which they have embraced knowing that it will lead to a better life in the future.
The excitement and encouragement that comes from being part of hands-on scientific research is an overwhelming experience for my students. My students have definitely been inspired by the EiHS Stem Cell Research Program and most of the parents at our school are also excited about the opportunity. All of the Lifeline students that have graduated from the program have been inspired to attend a university or college"
"EiHS is transforming the inner city youth through its two-week program, which enables all students, regardless of socioeconomic considerations, to create beating cardiac tissue. And the eight-week Research Internship Program not only creates future scientists, but also motivates those students in their application to the finest universities in the country. In the premier state for Stem Cell research, EiHS is now the authority and premier brand in stem cell education. For our family: philanthropy well spent."
The EiHS Stem Cell Internship Program enables a group of very well-rounded high school students to have the opportunity to be part of a research team investigating new issues in science. Personally, I believe that it was a fascinating once-in-a-lifetime opportunity which changed my life for the better. During the first week of training in the Stem Cell Core facility we were introduced to different techniques and procedures that will helps us through the course. I learned and got to witness very interesting things which shaped my future career path. Additionally, during the program we were placed with our respected mentors. They guided us in our projects, and helped my feel more certain about the school and work I want to do in the future.
It was experience that I will never forget. It gave me a view on a lot of things that I never even knew existed. I give a special thanks to Dr. Victoria Fox who has given me the opportunity to be a part of this unforgettable experience.
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