2019 TRIP at Tennent Application
ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
The Teen Research Internship Program (TRIP) Initiative is a hands-on learning program for high school students who are motivated to explore their interests in science and medicine. The program is split into three phases, including Project Design, Experimentation, and Presentation. During the first phase (Project Design), students use their creativity and curiosity to develop potential research questions surrounding the impact of diet, inflammation, environmental stress and genetics on organismal health, development and behavior, while learning basic lab and problem solving skills. During the second phase (Experimentation), students perform experiments, learn to collect and analyze data, and, most importantly, learn how to think through and overcome failure. In the final phase, students present their findings to the scientific community, their peers and their family in a scientific symposium where they gain insight into the real world and big picture applications of their work. Beyond the lab, students also receive one-on-one mentoring with Fox Chase faculty; they learn team building and leadership skills, get exposure to careers in science and become part of a family of driven and curious students. Images of our current students can be found on TRIP's official webpage (http://www.tripinitiative.com/), Facebook and Instagram pages.

PROGRAM DETAILS:
The next TRIP course will be held at William Tennent High School in Warminster, PA on Saturdays from January 26, 2019 through April 13, 2019 (12 weeks). After the in-lab portion of the course concludes, students will present their work at a scientific symposium on Saturday April 27, 2019. Two sessions of the program will be offered where Session A is from 8:30 am-1:30 pm and Session B is from 12-5 pm. Up to 8 students will be enrolled in each session. (Note: both sessions overlap from 12-1:30 pm.)

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:
1. Students must be currently enrolled in grade 9-12.
2. Completion of at least one high school Biology or Chemistry course is preferred, but not required.
* Extra help is available for those students without previous coursework.
3. Students must commit to attend ALL days of the program in either Session A or B.
4. Parents/Guardians must confirm and agree to the attendance policy.

TO APPLY:
All application materials are due 11:59 pm on Monday October 29, 2018.

To apply to the next session of TRIP Initiative, complete this online application and have THREE letters of recommendation and a school transcript submitted on your behalf (directions are listed below).

Supporting materials: All supporting materials can be submitted by the letter writers or high school counselors here: https://goo.gl/forms/SsZThIlJ7cGaJ9jG2. One letter of recommendation should come from your science teacher, (e.g. biology, chemistry, physics, etc.), while others can come from, but are not limited to, the following individuals: High school administrator (Assistant Principal, Principal, etc.), high school teacher (math, science, English, art, etc.), coach, minister or clergyman from your place of worship, and supervisor from a current/previous job, club or volunteer position. Letters should: 1) state the length and capacity that the recommender has known the applicant, and 2) contain an assessment of the applicant’s strengths and weakness with specific examples that support participation in the TRIP program. If applicable, letters should be written on official school letterhead. If your writers have trouble submitting documents through the online form, documents may also be submitted directly to Dr. Amanda Purdy at amanda.purdy@fccc.edu by 11:59 pm on Monday October 29, 2018.

***When requesting a letter of recommendation, please COPY and PASTE the above information into your request and give your letter writers a MINIMUM of three weeks to complete your letter.***

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of program staff and alumni in November 2018. Following review, qualifying applicants will interview with program staff in December 2018 with final decisions made in early January 2019.

SUGGESTIONS FOR FILLING OUT THE APPLICATION:
We are looking for motivated and curious applicants that can think and express themselves logically. You don't have to have a high GPA, previously lab experience or be a superstar...just be you. Be sure to use your answers to tell us who you are.

It is recommended to take your time to answer each of the following questions thoughtfully and thoroughly. You will be compared to all other applicants based upon the answers given here...make sure we learn about who YOU are and what you are interested in. Don't BS your way through the answers or give the answer you think we want to read.

Incomplete sentences, spelling errors and poorly thought-out responses will NEGATIVELY affect the review of your application. Therefore, to prevent mistakes, it is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to compose your answers in a word processing program, and then paste them into this application. Be sure to have your parents, high school counselor or mentor read through your application PRIOR to submission.

Use the 250 word limit! Don't miss an opportunity to tell us about yourself.

Please direct all questions to Dr. Amanda Purdy at amanda.purdy@fccc.edu.

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Applicant information
Name (Last name, First name) *
Home address (Street, City, State, Zip) *
Phone number where you can be reached (xxx-xxx-xxxx) *
Please follow the indicated format xxx-xxx-xxxx
Do you have a cell phone? *
If you do have a cell phone, which carrier do you use? *
e.g. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint
Your email address *
Ensure that this address can receive email messages with attachments
Your date of birth (MM/DD/YYYY) *
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Parent/Guardian's name *
Parent/Guardian's email address *
Parent/Guardian's telephone number (xxx-xxx-xxxx) *
Please follow the indicated format xxx-xxx-xxxx
Parent/Guardian's occupation *
Name of your high school *
In what county is your high school located? *
e.g. Montgomery, Philadelphia, Bucks
Your current grade in school *
e.g. 9, 10, 11 or 12
Expected year of graduation *
Name of your high school counselor *
Counselor's email address *
Double check the address of your counselor
Please indicate your ethnic background by checking the box of all those that apply (this info is collected for grant applications) *
This information is collected only for the purposes of grant applications and has no impact on the review of applications or acceptance into the program. This information will not be shared with reviewers.
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Please indicate your gender identity. *
This information is collected only for the purposes of grant applications and has no impact on the review of applications or acceptance into the program. This information will not be shared with reviewers.
What is your sexual orientation? *
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Indicate your parent/guardian's highest level of education *
This information is collected only for the purposes of grant applications and has no impact on the review of applications or acceptance into the program. This information will not be shared with reviewers.
Do you qualify for a free or reduced-lunch program? *
This information is collected only for the purposes of grant applications and has no impact on the review of applications or acceptance into the program. This information will not be shared with reviewers.
Who helped you put together this application? *
Please list their name and relationship to the applicant
Will you attend college after you graduate from high school? *
If you answered yes to the previous question, list up to four schools that you are interested in attending.
If you have not identified schools to which you wish to attend, please write "Undecided" in the blank below.
Is English your first language? *
How did you hear about the TRIP Initiative? *
Can you commit to each and every session of Section A (Saturdays from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm)? *
Can you commit to each and every session of Section B (Saturdays from 12-5 pm)? *
Why do you want to participate in the TRIP Initiative? How will this experience benefit your career goals/future? *
Limit your response to 250 words.
Do you participate in extracurricular activities through your school? *
If you answered yes to the previous question, please describe each activity and your role in that activity. *
Limit your answer to 250 words.
How do you spend your time outside of school? *
Do you work, volunteer your time, babysit your siblings, etc? Limit your answer to 250 words.
Describe a characteristic that best represents you, and then provide a concrete example from the last year that clearly SUPPORTS your assertion. *
Limit your response to 250 words.
What would your best friend say is your biggest weakness? Explain. *
Limit your response to 250 words.
Describe a time when you were in a stressful situation and the tools that you used to deal with, and then overcome the situation? *
Limit your response to 250 words.
In the future, what are you interested in studying? Why this/these particular field(s)? *
Limit your response to 250 words.
What is a scientific discovery or concept that interests you? How and why did this discovery/concept capture your interest? *
Limit your response to 250 words.
What do you think will be the hardest thing to overcome if humans endeavor to travel to other galaxies? Explain your opinion. *
Have you participated in any hands-on research programs outside of your high school (excludes Science Fair, Science Olympiad, etc.)? *
Please note that research experience is NOT REQUIRED to be considered for this program. It's more the opposite!
If you answered yes to the previous question, please list your mentor, their contact information and give a brief description of your research project (100 words or less).
The application and interview process for the TRIP Initiative is highly competitive—generally less than 20% of applicants are accepted. What other information do you think is important for the review panel to know about you, which might make you stand apart from other applicants? *
Hint: Don’t just repeat the information already provided earlier in this application, instead, use this question to sell the reviewers on YOU!
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