Jan 21, 2012

GMU’s Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program

Established in 2007, the George Mason University Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program (ASSIP) is seeking high school students with a passion for science and a desire to gain practical scientific experience during the summer of 2012.

In addition to gaining hands-on lab experience, participants have the opportunity to work alongside scientists trying to solve some of the most vexing problems in proteomics, genomics, medicine, neuroscience, biodefense, bioinformatics, and bioengineering. As a bonus, many students have the opportunity to see their names included in articles published in scientific journals or their work presented at prestigious scientific conferences.

Nearly 150 students have participated in ASSIP, since 2007. Last year, 35 high school students from 12 local schools participated in the program.

And they worked on some exciting projects including creating software to merge face and speech recognition and investigating supermassive black holes.

ASSIP participants also explored a variety of career opportunities in the STEM fields and forged a strong network of professional contacts.

“America needs more scientists, and we are dedicated to inspire future scientific leaders,” said Dr. Lance Liotta, one of ASSIP’s founding faculty members. “Our mentors are enthusiastic about engaging students in scientific research, and community sponsors share our passion to provide such enlightening opportunities.”

Applicants must be 16 years old as of the first day of the program, which starts on June 21, 2012. Laboratories are located on GMU’s Prince William and Fairfax campuses, and students are responsible for their own housing and transportation.

ASSIP is a highly competitive program. Science courses completed, cumulative GPA, volunteer/work experience, personal statements, and a letter of recommendation will be considered. Interviews will be scheduled for highly qualified candidates.

An application form is currently available on the ASSIP website and must be submitted no later than February 15, 2012, by 5:00 pm. EST.

For more information as well as a list of mentors and departments participating in the 2012 program, visit the George Mason Website.

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