BioQuest Academy is open to ALL juniors (rising seniors) from the state of Washington (graduating class of 2019).At BioQuest Academy we value Diversity. Do you belong to an underserved group? These include ethnic minorities in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) such as African American, Hispanic, Native American, Alaskan Natives, Pacific Islanders and other underserved groups such as first generation students seeking college, low income groups, fostered youth, refugee youth, LGBTQ, and others. We strongly encourage you to apply if you belong to these groups.
The BQA program responds to the published concerns regarding national trends in science and the mounting anxiety regarding the lack of real world, career-preparative experiences for youth. We will discuss a lot of science and a lot of college stuff while you are with us. In fact, the program INCLUDES:• 40-60 hours of hands-on laboratory investigations that safely highlight our Center's research and develop student expertise in laboratory techniques (e.g., microbiology, insect dissections, micropipetting, gel electrophoresis, DNA forensics, PCR, DNA sequencing and immunology), interactive global health lectures, movies and scientific publication research experience, ending in a research symposium.• All meals, lab supplies and notebooks are free of charge while students are at CIDResearch• Access to the Academy online community through FaceBook, email and other media.• Priority consideration for CIDResearch volunteering opportunities and paid internships.
Because CIDResearch will only accept 36 students in 2018, students should consider the program’s EXPECTATIONS below, before applying.
• Families of minors, or enrolled adult students must complete a consent form that acknowledges potential hazards relevant to work-based internships and permitting access to CIDResearch's research facility.• Families and students are responsible for their own housing, transportation and parking costs.• Student participation in session surveys and interviews, related to the BQA’s goal to encourage teens to pursue careers in the sciences.• Student willingness to attend ALL HOURS of the BQA including the final research symposium. Failure to attend all hours may result in program termination for the student.• Families and students are highly encouraged to contact BioQuest staff regarding any questions about the program resources and experiences.
Here is the "secret sauce" needed to get into the 2018 BQA. Applications are reviewed by a group of staff and alumni using a selection process/rubric that prioritizes those students who:• Are familiar with the mission of CIDResearch (please review http://cidresearch.org/science before applying), and are therefore interested in learning more about the cause and control of infectious diseases with large global burden, such as malaria, TB and HIV. • Want to engage in college-level, hands-on science under the mentorship of practicing research scientists.• Are keen to complete high school and enter post-secondary education so as to change the world for the better.• Appreciate outcomes that are achieved through collaborative efforts.• Are interested in providing helpful feedback on the program and resources to ensure that the BQA gets better and better!
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