BBRI conducts educational outreach programs for the benefit of students in the local community in order to encourage more young people to consider careers in research science. BBRI offers a scholarship program which awards two $2,500 scholarships each year to outstanding science students at Watertown High School who are committed to continuing their science studies in college. BBRI also conducts an internship program for high school science students in local communities including Watertown, Newton, Westwood, Peabody and other neighboring towns. Participating students intern for an approximately eight-week period under the mentorship of a BBRI’s scientist, assisting with basic experiments and gaining hands on experience in research science. Minority students are especially invited to apply.
Beginning in 2004, through grant support from a private foundation, BBRI will launch a new internship program for Watertown High School science teachers. One science teacher per year will be selected to conduct a summer research project under the mentorship of a BBRI Faculty member. During the following school year, the teacher will integrate basic science concepts from the project back into the classroom, using a real research project to enhance the existing science curriculum. Students will be invited to visit BBRI during the school year for lab demonstrations and presentations from BBRI scientists as part of a unique, hands-on learning experience that will bring science to life for the students, and introduce them to the idea of a career in basic biomedical research.