Striving to make innovative scientific research accessible and relevant to a wide audience, Lewis & Clark provides several opportunities for collaboration between high school students and our science faculty and majors.
2014 Community Engagement and Leadership in Science (CELS) Summer Program
High School Internship Information Page
Welcome!! The CELS Summer Program is designed to give promising high school students the opportunity to explore a career as a scientist through an 8-week laboratory based research experience. Our program emphasizes the collaborative nature of scientific research and as a CELS Summer Scholar, you will have an opportunity to be an active and contributing research team member searching for answers to scientific questions along side L&C and OHSU faculty, undergraduate students and other high school scholars.
The 2014 CELS Summer Research Program is preparing for it’s 6th program year following 5 very successful summer programs. This is the second year of a four year grant awarded by Howard Hughes Medical Institute. As we begin our second year working on C.A.U.S.E. 2.0 we have changed our program name from Collaborative Research Teams (CRT) to Community Engagement and Leadership in Science (CELS) to reflect our re-energized, continued commitment to bridging scientific work and social justice. One of the main goals of this grant is to strengthen the pipeline into math and science fields for under-represented minorities in the field. Thus, we strongly encourage students who identify as Latino American, African American, and Native American to apply for this program.
CELS High School interns are not only an involved research team member in their labs, but also take part in weekly lunch time talks given by all L & C summer research students.
When and Where? Lewis & Clark College is hosting up to 10 collaborative research teams this summer, 6 at L&C and 4 at Oregon Health Science University (OHSU). Each nominated student will work with a Lewis and Clark College undergraduate majoring in math or science, and a faculty mentor from L&C or OHSU. Each team will work together on a cutting edge research project that will culminate in a research symposium held in early fall at which students will present the results of their research.
What’s Available? A summer research internship is a full-time position lasting 8 weeks. The details of start and end dates are negotiated with your faculty mentor, but generally most internships will begin in early June and end 8 weeks later. Students selected for internships will receive a $2800 stipend for the completed 8 weeks. Undocumented students who complete the program receive an educational award that can be used toward the cost of post-secondary education.
Who Can Apply? Students who participated in a CELS School Based Science Project in partner schools throughout the academic year are all invited to apply although, only students who are 16 years of age or older by June 1, 2014 are eligible to be awarded an internship. Our partner schools are 1) Rosemary Anderson High School 2) Cleveland High School 3) Grant High School 4) Beaverton Health & Science High School and 5) De La Salle North Catholic High School. Undocumented students are eligible and encouraged to apply.
What are the Research Projects?
Project abstracts (explanations of the projects) are available here for applicants to review and decide which project best fits their interest. On the applications, applicants list (1st Choice is #1) up to (3) faculty names who’s projects are of interest to you.
How do I apply? APPLICATION PACKAGES WILL BE AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD ON FEBRUARY 28TH
Application packages must include completed:
1) Student Application 2) Teacher Recommendation Form 3 ) Copy of unofficial transcripts 4) Letter of Recommendation from 1 CELS team member. You can download the required forms below.
ONLY COMPLETED APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED
April 4 Student Applications and any other required documents to L & C c/o Megan Taliaferro. See contact and address information for Megan Taliaferro at the bottom of this web page
April 9 Application packages submitted to Outreach Team members for review
April 10 Mentoring Faculty receive application packages
April 16 Mentoring Faculty interview prospective High School student Interns
April 23 Students are informed if they are selected or wait listed
May 7 Students confirm acceptance or decline positions.
Selection Process: The selection process is competitive and will be based on the following criteria
- Enthusiasm for and an interest in science or math
- Active participation and attendance in CELS academic year program
- Background of science/math courses and experience
- GPA and other evidence of accomplishment
- Outcome of interviews with prospective faculty hosts
If you have questions at any time, please feel free to contact Megan Taliaferro at 616-322-2838 or email@example.com
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The CELS Summer Research Program and the Science Without Limits Symposium are made possible by a grant from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation