BSP High School Fellowship Program
Through its partnership with Harvard Medical School (HMS), since 1996, Basic Science Partnership (BSP) offers a summer internship program where upper level high school students have an opportunity to augment their biological and biomedical education through hands-on, cutting-edge research a professional laboratory. The BSP internship program is designed to give fellows exposure to the process of scientific discovery and to help fellows decide if a carrer in science is the right path for them.
BSP fellows are mentored by HMS faculty and research staff in the one of several basic science Departments. Each intern is assigned to a specific lab and works there for the duration of the eight-week fellowship. Typically, interns work on a project unique to their lab and their lab’s research goals, becoming assimilated into everyday life in the lab to truly experience the reality of working there. They learn to operate specialized lab machinery, to perform and evaluate experiments, to participate in lab meetings to discuss the progress of experiments and the interpretation of results, and have the opportunity to discuss science careers with people at many stages of training.
All of the interns in the program meet weekly to discuss their research and further their exposure to the practice of science and science careers. During the last few meetings of the program fellows will present their projects to the others interns and faculty, both using slideshow platform presentation and poster formats. Thus, fellows learn not only how to perform scientific research, but how to present results to peers in a coherent manner.