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NPHS junior selected for University of Chicago summer research program

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NORTH PORT, May 8, 2017 – North Port High School junior Jason Gill has been selected to participate in the University of Chicago Research in the Biological Sciences intensive summer research program. The four-week program for high school students is designed to expose students to a broad range of molecular, microbiological and cellular biological research techniques used in modern laboratories.

NPHS teacher Flint Shoop recommended Gill for the UC program. “He is an outstanding student who excels in his college-level academic work while participating in numerous extracurricular activities and while working as a community volunteer,” Shoop said.

Shoop described what a student in the program can expect to experience. “During the summer program,” he said, “students will be immersed in the research experience. Using a project-based approach, the course progresses from a survey of basic lab techniques to the application of current molecular techniques in developmental biology and microbiology.

“Most of a typical day in the program is spent in a research lab. Lectures also provide background and introduce new concepts. Since communication skills are important in science, students will keep lab notebooks and they will make several group presentations. The course ends with a research forum in which the students present the results of their projects.”

The University of Chicago is a leading research institution in cancer treatment, blood preservation and genetic evolution. Students who complete the summer course have the experience and the confidence they need to work in a research laboratory, Shoop said. Students who excel in the program may be invited back the following year to work in the lab of a University of Chicago research scientist.

Gill said he plans to pursue a career in medical research in neuroscience. “This program has a great connection to my future career plans,” he said. “I believe this intensive experience will help to confirm those plans." 

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