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By: Debbie | October 19 2011 | Category: NIH Resources, Science News, Scientists in the Community

Image of SciLife poster and photo of the October 15, 2011, event.About 200 high school students, parents, and educators from the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area recently attended SciLife®: The College Experience at Trinity Washington University. SciLife® is a free annual event sponsored by the National Institutes of Health Office of Science Education. SciLife® is modeled after the highly successful Biomedical Science Careers Program, founded in 1991 by Joan Reede, Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership, Harvard Medical School.

Those who attended the October 15 SciLife® program participated in a variety of workshops where they received information and advice that will help them prepare for college—especially for careers in the health and biomedical sciences. During the morning, students and parents learned about the college application process and how to ensure a smooth transition from high school to college. Afternoon workshops included panels of college students and professors who helped students understand the realities of college life and what will be expected of them once they make the transition to college.

As with past SciLife® programs, attendees thought that the event provided an invaluable experience for students and their parents and that the information provided helped to inform and prepare students as they pursue their education beyond high school.
Visit the SciLife® Web site to stay informed about next year’s college and career planning event.
By: Debbie | September 1 2011 | Category: Issues in Education, NIH Resources, Science News

October 15 SciLife PosterRegistration for the October 15 National Institutes of Health (NIH) SciLife® event: The College Experience, opens today. SciLife® is an annual career and college planning event for high school students who are interested in the health and biomedical sciences. This event will take place on the Trinity Washington University CampusExternal Web Site Policy in Washington, D.C.

High school students, parents, and educators can participate in an
informational, fun-filled event.

At SciLife® you can:

  • Get inside information and advice from area leaders in the health and biomedical fields,
  • Explore career options in the health and biomedical sciences, and
  • Access college planning and organizational tools
After registering, mark your calendar and plan to arrive early on the day of the event, as the first 100 students to check-in will get a tour of the Trinity Washington University campus.
By: Cynthia | November 13 2009 | Category: NIH Resources, Scientists in the Community

Students attending SciLife event SciLife is an annual college- and career-planning program for high school students and their parents. It’s sponsored by the NIH, Office of Science Education, and Washington, D.C. area education leaders.

SciLife program planners, including me, believe this year’s program was better than ever. Nearly 300 students and their parents joined us on the NIH campus, October 24th.

A highlight of the day was Dr. Lonise Bias’s External Web Site Policy tear-inducing keynote address. She is an internationally known motivational speaker and the founder of The Abundant Life Resources A More Excellent Way LLC, a community service resource. “Our youth are reachable, teachable, lovable, and savable,” said Bias.

Bias also shared her story of how the deaths of her two sons propelled her into action and service. Her son Len died in 1986 of cocaine intoxication, two days after being drafted by the Boston Celtics. Four years later, her son Jay became the victim of a drive-by shooting at a shopping mall. 

Each year, our SciLife team strives to improve the program by heeding the advice and suggestions of participating students and parents. Now in it’s fourth year, our efforts are paying off. (See previous SciLife blog.)

This year’s event gets high scores because
  • of an improved registration process, resulting in fewer phone calls to the office
  • program check-in was smoother and less harried than in previous years
  • the simple schedule allowed participants to get their preferred workshops
  • we posted our first post-event slide show online

We have a couple of plans to tweak the program further. First, we are doing a thorough evaluation of the program this time. Second, we started a SciLife teen advisory board to help us plan the 2010 program. We hope these measures will take the program to even greater heights of success.
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