The Partners for the Future program, established in 1990, brings select high school students to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for a taste of the real world of biomedical research. During the 2005-06 academic year, Daniel Capurso (Sayville HS); Faith Chang (Syosset HS); Yuting Chiang (The Wheatley School); James Gurtowski (Cold Spring Harbor HS); Yuri Hanada (Farmingdale HS); and George Roche (Cold Spring Harbor HS) were chosen as Partners for the Future (PFF).
Debunking the mythical “scientist in a lab coat” image, the students are introduced to a world of relatively young scientists and their interactive support staff in a relaxed, problem-solving atmosphere. While the students learn a great deal about molecular biology and state-of-the-art research techniques, the main advantage of the program is exposing the students to day-to-day life in a working lab.
This competitive program is open to all Long Island high school students entering their senior year; each high school science chairperson may nominate three students from his or her school during their junior year. Twelve student semi-finalists are interviewed by Laboratory scientists and the winners go on to spend a minimum of ten hours per week, September through March of their senior year, doing original research under the watchful eye of a scientist mentor. At the conclusion, the Partners give oral presentations of their research projects to an enthusiastic audience of the students' scientific mentors, Lab administrators, parents and teachers.
Nomination forms are sent in early February to all high school science chairpersons only. There is no application form and no preliminary information that is sent directly to students or parents. All nominations are due by late March (exact dates are noted on forms). For more information, please visit www.cshl.edu/public/partners.html.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is a private, non-profit basic research institution. Under the leadership of Dr. Bruce Stillman, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society (London), more than 330 scientists at the Laboratory conduct groundbreaking research in cancer, neurobiology, plant genetics, and bioinformatics. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is one of eight National Cancer Institute-designated basic research centers in the U.S. and the only such center in the tri-state area. For more information, visit www.cshl.edu.
Photo (by Miriam Chua):
The 2005-06 Partners for the Future Class: (first row l-r) Faith Chang (Syosset HS); Yuting Chiang (The Wheatley School). (second row l-r) Daniel Capurso (Sayville HS); Yuri Hanada (Farmingdale HS); James Gurtowski (Cold Spring Harbor HS); George Roche (Cold Spring Harbor HS)