Program Details: LEAH Knox Scholars Program

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Program Dates

The five-week lab course for first-year LEAH Knox Scholars runs from July through August. Six-week internships for second-years begin the last week of June. For application details, visit the Health Resources in Action (HRiA) website.

Program Goals

Established in 2017, the LEAH Knox Scholars Program is offered in collaboration with HRiA, and funded by a National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award.

The goal of this two-year program is to encourage public high school students from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds in Boston, Cambridge, and Everett to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).

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Program Structure

Students begin the program as rising juniors or seniors, and attend a five-week course at MIT taught by Vanessa Cheung and Mandana Sassanfar. Participants receive a stipend, learn basic laboratory and quantitative techniques, and attend workshops to develop other professional skills.

The next summer, these students are placed in research labs throughout the Boston/Cambridge area to complete a six-week internship.

Program Eligibility

Rising juniors and seniors who meet the following requirements are eligible:

  • Must attend a public high school in Boston, Cambridge, or Everett
  • Must be 16 years old by July 15

Meet the LEAH Knox Scholars

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