The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, Oct. 31.
The program offers 50 students an opportunity on March 1-2 to work alongside some of the nation’s top medical researchers in the labs of the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus.
Packets were mailed in mid-September to Indiana’s high schools and science teachers to select students for participation. An online application form and additional information about the program can be found at http://www.wellscenter.iupui.edu/MMIA. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of Indiana biology and chemistry teachers, and selections will be made and students notified by Dec. 15.
Under the supervision of IU scientists, the students will rotate through workstations and labs, learning how DNA – the building blocks of life – is isolated and analyzed. They will observe how gene mutations are identified and how modified genes are used in therapy. Students also will learn about the latest microscopic imaging techniques that enable researchers to study living cells.