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Summer Research Opportunities

Research Immersion in Biomedical Science and Engineering at Rowan (RISER)

This volunteer, non-residential program provides hands-on research opportunities for qualified South Jersey high school students (Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Gloucester and Salem Counties) in cutting-edge research labs in Biomedical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering.  Scholars will spend five weeks (June 29-July 29, 2020) in the lab working with Rowan faculty, post-graduate fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate student mentors on their own mini-research project.

The program is split into two tracks: Biomedical Science (labs at the Rowan SOM campus in Stratford, NJ) and Biomedical Engineering (labs at the Rowan Main Campus in Glassboro, NJ).  South Jersey high school teachers wishing to nominate a student for this program can do so by selecting the appropriate track below and completing the brief form that follows.

Students interested in the Biomedical Science track must have taken (or be currently taking) AP Biology and 1 year of Chemistry (preferably AP Chemistry).  Students interested in the Biomedical Engineering track must have taken (or be currently taking) Physics (preferably AP Physics), 1 year of Chemistry (preferably AP Chemistry), and Pre-Calculus (preferably AP Calculus).

To nominate a student for this opportunity, please complete the nomination form. Nominations will only be accepted from South Jersey high school teachers using their school-issued email address and only two students can be nominated per high school.  Students may not self-nominate.   Nominators and nominees will receive the full application packet via email shortly after nomination.  The full application packet is due March 20, 2020.  Invitations to participate in the program will be sent by the end of April.

All Scholars are expected to conduct volunteer research for at least 20 hours per week for 5 weeks, and attend the culminating symposium on Wednesday, July 29th, 2020. Planned absences during the program should be discussed with the faculty mentor upon placement, but should be avoided if possible.

For questions, please contact the applicable track coordinator.  The Biomedical Science track is coordinated by Dr. Katrina Cooper and the Biomedical Engineering track is coordinated by Dr. Sebastian Vega.