2012 Jackson Laboratory Summer Student Program welcomes 39 top student researchers

Date: June 21, 2012
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Bar Harbor, Maine—Getting into The Jackson Laboratory’s Summer Student Program is about as competitive as being accepted by a top Ivy League college. This year 39 high school and college students were selected from more than 600 applications.

The 2012 class includes students from 17 U.S. states and Israel. “These students are a dynamic group who come from as far away as Hawaii,” says Lisa John, the Laboratory’s educational programs manager. She notes that Highseas, the Laboratory’s mansion on scenic Frenchman Bay and the home of the Summer Student Program, will be full this year, including resident supervisors Drey and Jeremy Ward and their two daughters of Middlebury, Vt., and four resident assistants.

Now in its 88th year, the nationally renowned Summer Student Program, which boasts three Nobel Laureates among its alumni, continues to attract the country’s best and brightest high school and college students for a summer of biomedical research.

Under the mentorship of a Jackson Laboratory scientist, each student conducts an independent research project, from formulating a hypothesis to presenting final results at the program’s closing symposium.

In addition to working on their research projects, the students participate in outdoor activities throughout the summer, including hiking, sea kayaking, white-water rafting, camping trips and nature cruises.

The Jackson Laboratory is based in Bar Harbor, Maine, with a facility in Sacramento, Calif., an institute for genomic medicine in the architectural planning stage in Farmington, Conn., and a total staff of about 1,400. Its mission is to discover the genetic basis for preventing, treating and curing human disease, and to enable research and education for the global biomedical community.

Learn more about The Jackson Laboratory’s Summer Student Program.  


Joyce Peterson, 207-288-6058, The Jackson Laboratory

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