The Environmental & Occupational Health Science Institute announces the 2021 Toxicology, Health & Environmental Disease (THED) High School Summer Program. THED is a highly intensive program requiring active involvement of participants. Students will participate in a variety of activities encompassing laboratory ethics, experimental design, genetics, drug disposition and pharmacogenetics, and forensic toxicology. In addition, we will discuss career options in medicine, pharmacy, toxicology, environmental science, and biomedical research. This summer program is open to highly motivated high school students interested in the biomedical and environmental sciences, entering the 10th, 11th or 12th grade in the fall of 2021. Participants are highly encouraged to have completed at least one high school biology course prior to attending.
This program will be held virtually for a 4-day session, with a select group of students being offered participation in a 2-day, hands-on bootcamp taking place in person at Rutgers University after completion of the virtual program. Selection for participation in the bootcamp will be based upon exceptional applications, personal statements, and seniority. Students must successfully complete the 4-day virtual program in order to attend the bootcamp.
The virtual THED program will take place on July 19th-22nd, 2021 from 9:00am-4:00pm via Zoom. Students must attend the full duration of the program. The non-refundable camp fee of $500 covers instruction, instructional manuals, materials, safety equipment, laboratory supplies, and shipping of the materials to the student’s residence. Some financial assistance may be available for students who can demonstrate they require need-based aid.
The 2-day bootcamp will take place on August 26-27, 2021 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on Busch Campus at Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ. Only select applicants will be chosen to participate in the bootcamp for an additional fee of $400. The non-refundable camp fee of $400 covers instruction, instructional manuals, materials, safety equipment, laboratory supplies, and lunch during each day of the bootcamp. Housing and transportation are not provided. Note: The operating status of Rutgers during the summer session has not been determined. If the university determines that the bootcamp cannot be held in-person, THED leadership will inform participants as soon as possible.
Parents or students seeking additional information about the program should contact: THED@eohsi.rutgers.edu
Please attach the following when completing the application:
A student essay of approximately 200 words explaining their interest in biomedical or environmental laboratory research
High school transcripts or report cards
This program is competitive and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Click here to fill out the 2021 application. Only online applications will be accepted. Applicants should indicate whether they are applying to 1) only the virtual program or 2) the virtual program followed by the bootcamp. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and priority will be given to those applications received before Friday, March 12, 2021.
You will be notified of your acceptance into the virtual program via email on or before Friday, April 2, 2021.
You will be notified of your acceptance into the in-person bootcamp as soon as the university has determined the operating status of the campus during the summer.
If your application is accepted, you will need to follow instructions in your acceptance email for payment processing. All payments must be received within 2 weeks of notification of acceptance in order to reserve a spot in the program. A spot in the program will be considered reserved upon receipt and process of payment. If your application is not accepted, you may be placed on a wait list and contacted if a position becomes available.
Read an article in NIH Environmental Factor about the 2013 THED program.
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