Making the Grade: 26 High School Students Present Their Research in Poster Session

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On a typical day, the lobby of the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Research Center serves as a quiet crossroads for scientists, clinicians, and other researchers. But on August 25, nearly 30 teens gathered there to present their research efforts to friends, family, and MSK scientists. The students were selected out of a pool of more than 500 applicants to be part of the 2017 Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Summer Program.

As part of the program, each student completed an independent research project under the direct mentorship of a postdoctoral fellow, graduate student, or research technician.

Students were required to submit a resume, a school transcript, two letters of recommendation (at least one from a scientific advisor), and a signed letter committing to attending Monday through Friday for eight weeks to be admitted to the program.

Click through the slideshow above to learn about some of the students and their experiences.

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This was an impressive and inspiring group of high school students! The amount that they've accomplished in only 8 weeks is truly amazing. I look forward to hearing more from this crop of future physicians and scientists.