UTD Sickle Cell Disease Research Center Kicks Off Its High School Summer Research Program
Richardson, TX (June 12, 2006) — On June 2, The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) Sickle Cell Disease Research Center (SCDRC) began its annual High School Summer Research Program. The program encourages high school students to pursue careers in science and research. The exciting, hands-on six-week long initiative is housed on the UTD campus and helps students gain a better appreciation for biomedical research and the contribution it makes to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
Seven high school students were selected from among many applicants recommended by school counselors and teachers. This is the first year for the Summer Research Program to invite students to the UTD campus. All participants receive training in lab safety and engage in informative weekly seminars that focus on various scientific topics.
“The High School Summer Research Program is a wonderful initiative that showcases the talent of students who are traditionally underrepresented in the field of scientific research,” said Dr. Betty Pace, SCDRC director.
The culmination of the project will be the presentation of research findings at the annual Student Scientific Research Day, and the top student researchers will receive honors.
Contact: Rosie Peterson, The University of Texas at Dallas, (972) 883-4159.
- Updated: February 6, 2006