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Mason’s 2014 Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program (ASSIP)

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Once again, the George Mason University Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program (ASSIP) is seeking high school students with a passion for science and a desire to gain practical scientific experience during the summer of 2014.

Applications to participate in programs located in laboratories at Mason’s Prince William and Fairfax campuses are now available online.

And this is a fantastic program with a great track record for student achievement. In addition to gaining hands-on lab experience, ASSIP participants have the opportunity to work alongside scientists trying to solve some of the most vexing problems in genomics, medicine, neuroscience, biodefense, bioinformatics, and bioengineering.

As a bonus, many students have the opportunity to see their names included in articles published in scientific journals or their work presented at prestigious scientific conferences.

Hundreds have participated in ASSIP since 2007. Last year, nearly 40 high school students from many local high schools worked in different areas of GMU, including the Center for Biodefense and Infectious Disease, the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, and the Volgenau School of Engineering.

And they worked on some exciting projects including a study on changes in bone density of females, and work on possible biomarkers of Huntington’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.

ASSIP participants also explored a variety of career opportunities in the STEM fields and forged a strong network of professional contacts.

“I want the students to have an enriching scientific experience,” said Amy VanMeter Adams, a research specialist in the Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine. “When seeking STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) employment, a degree is far more valuable when it is paired with a genuine scientific research experience.”

Applicants must be 16 years old as of the first day of the program, which starts on June 26, 2014. There is no stipend offered, and students are responsible for their own housing and transportation.

ASSIP is a highly competitive program. Science courses completed, cumulative GPA, volunteer/work experience, and personal statements will be considered. Interviews and letters of recommendation will be required for highly qualified candidates.

Last year, the program reported a 42 percent increase in applicants to 624 up from 364 the previous year. High school students are competing with undergrads for 50 slots.

An application form is currently available on the ASSIP website and must be submitted no later than February 15, 2014, by 11:59 pm EST.

For more information as well as a list of mentors and departments participating in the 2014 program, visit the George Mason Website.

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