Since its inception, the Monell Center has made a strong commitment to the education and training of high school and undergraduate students. To date, more than 375 students have spent a summer at Monell, earning a weekly salary and meeting the challenges of serious research responsibilities in projects such as cloning the olfactory receptors; investigating flavor preferences in infants, children and the elderly; developing non-lethal repellents for agricultural pests; or studying the chemistry of air quality and how it influences people’s health perceptions. Many students also work at the Center during the school year.
Our program is an intensive paid internship that offers high school and undergraduate students in the Philadelphia area an extraordinary opportunity to learn about science and directly participate in basic research.
Our mission is to increase scientific knowledge and technical expertise, and stimulate an interest in the biomedical science or medicine as careers – particularly in groups typically underrepresented in science such as females, ethnic racial minorities and the economically disadvantaged – by accomplishing the following goals:
- Provide students with hands-on research training.
- Improve student learning in science and encourage critical thought and communication skills.
- Increase appreciation of the chemical senses.
Read more about the 2016 MSAP program in our Report to the Community.
Our current program consists of:
- At least seven weeks of full-time structured research activity during the summer with a Monell scientist. Because Monell scientists devote 100% of their time to research, this experience is intense and puts students at the forefront of scientific research in the chemical senses.
- Enrichment activities that include lectures on the mechanisms and functions of the chemical senses; public speaking and written communication; and ethical principles guiding human and animal research.
- A symposium during which apprentices present their research findings to scientific staff, family members, and friends.
- Opportunities to learn about careers in both medicine and science through a popular lecture series featuring presentations on viable career options given by scientists, physicians, and educators working at both academic and industrial institutions.
- Post-program contact for students to discuss current research findings and career opportunities in science and facilitate the creation of a mentoring network among past and current participants.
- Additional research experience and science fair projects for interested high school students.
To meet the requirements for the Research Apprenticeship Program, students must:
- Be currently enrolled in a high school or undergraduate institution. Students from the greater Philadelphia area are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Be able to prove eligibility to work in the United States
- Have a strong interest in science and research
DO YOU WANT TO:
- Develop new skills?
- Learn about yourself?
- Contribute to science?
- Build your future?
- Define who you are?
- Explore career paths?
- Make a difference?