toxicology, health & Environmental Disease (THED) High School Program

2024 Toxicology, Health & Environmental Disease (THED) High School Summer Program

The Environmental & Occupational Health Science Institute announces the 2024 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 2024. Participants are highly encouraged to have completed at least one high school biology course prior to attending.

The THED program will take place from 9:00am-5:00pm at the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute on Rutgers Busch Campus in Piscataway, NJ. The non-refundable camp fee of $900 covers student tuition, instructional manuals, materials, safety equipment, laboratory supplies, and lunch during the program. Some financial assistance may be available for students who can demonstrate they require need-based aid. Housing and transportation are not provided.


Two week-long sessions will be offered:

            Session 1: July 15-19, 2024

            Session 2: July 22-26, 2024

Students will be able to select a preference for which week they wish to attend. Students may only attend 1 session and must be available for the duration of the program.

Parents or students seeking additional information about the program should contact:

The application will be available until  Friday, March 15th, 2024.

Please attach the following when completing the application:

  1. A student essay of approximately 200 words explaining their interest in biomedical or environmental laboratory research
  2. 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 2024 application. Only online applications submitted via the online platform will be accepted. Applicants should indicate their attendance preference. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and priority will be given to those applications received before Friday, March 15th, 2024. You will be notified of your acceptance into the program via email on or before April 5th, 2024.

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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