College Prep offers a unique and innovative STEM Research Program.
So you understand acids and bases, but you want to know how scientists use pH to optimize biofuel production. Or perhaps you know that we have sequenced the entire human genome, but you want to know how it can be analyzed to reveal a possible cure for cancer. The STEM program is designed for independent and self-motivated students who are interested in getting hands-on research experience in a broad array of STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
This course begins with a spring semester seminar (STEM Research Part I) that meets twice a week and provides students with the foundational scientific knowledge and analytical skills needed for a summer internship. During discussion-based classes, students learn how to read primary scientific literature, analyze and critique raw data, and work as a productive member of a research group. The core of the program takes place during the summer, when students are matched with research mentors at institutions throughout the Bay Area for full-time, six-week internships. In the fall, the program concludes with a semester-long seminar (STEM Research Part II) that guides students through the process of writing a scientific manuscript of their research findings, as well as preparing and delivering a formal scientific talk.
The annual STEM Research Symposium takes place in the fall and features short but extraordinary oral presentations by the student participants.
Past research areas include:
The engineering of proteins to enhance pharmaceutical drug discovery.
Analysis of microbial communities to enhance fuel projection from biomass.
Optimization of vaccines against the meningitis bacterium, N. meningitides.
The role of vitamin D in cancer prevention and treatment.
The design of microfluidic devices to be used in metastatic cancer cell detection.
The investigation of cellular complexity using magnetotactic bacteria.
Mentors in biology, chemical, or engineering labs interested in hosting a student for a 4-6 week summer internship should contact science teacher Eva Campodonico '95: 510.652.0111 ext. 223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.