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For immediate release: June 25, 2003
Media contact: Eric Quiñones, (609) 258-5748, quinones@princeton.edu

University offers range of summer learning opportunities
Students and teachers come to campus for workshops and cutting-edge research

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The academic year has concluded, but an important season of learning and research at Princeton is just starting. Teachers and students from the New Jersey region and beyond will be on campus for a wide range of summer programs, which are led by University faculty, students and staff and are designed to develop participants' skills and expose them to cutting-edge research.

From high school students who will report and write newspaper articles to biology teachers who will learn how to perform DNA fingerprinting in their classes, the program participants come away with knowledge, technical resources and mentoring relationships that help them carry their work further in their own studies and classrooms.

The following is a list of some of the programs taking place this summer. Reporters are invited to attend. The contacts listed below can provide information about where the participants work or attend school.

Partners-in-Science, eight weeks in July and August
Three high school teachers will work in the labs of chemistry department faculty members, participating in real research projects.
Contact: Andy Bocarsly, (609) 258-3888, bocarsly@princeton.edu

Community House
Computer Camp, July 7-Aug. 31
A camp for local underserved students emphasizes computer literacy as well as math and writing skills.
Contact: Marjorie Young, (609) 258-6136, may@princeton.edu

The Daily Princetonian
Summer Journalism Program, Aug. 11-20
The student newspaper, The Daily Princetonian, will host 23 students who are entering their senior years at urban and underfunded high schools. The students, selected for their interest in journalism, practice reporting and writing articles, including covering a Mets game and attending a press conference in Trenton. Participants work with current and former Princetonian reporters and end by publishing their own issue of the Princetonian.
Contact: Richard Just, (202) 776-0730 ext. 115, rajust@alumni.princeton.edu

Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics
Exploring the Tree of Life: Teaching Genomics, Medicine and Evolution, July 24
This one-day symposium is geared toward high school teachers and is co-sponsored with the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, a local nonprofit organization. The program is open to all local teachers and will include the 40 teachers enrolled in the foundation's annual CORE Institute. Leading U.S. scientists will speak at the symposium.
Contact: Teresa Stevens, (609) 452-7007 ext. 176, stevens@woodrow.org

Molecular Biology
Molecular Biology in the 21st Century: Applications & Dilemmas, July 7-18
Twenty-four teachers from regional schools will participate in an intensive two-week workshop in which they learn techniques of genetic manipulation, including projects in which they test food for genetically modified ingredients and perform DNA fingerprinting.
Contact: Shelley Winslow, (609) 258-1604, swinslow@princeton.edu

Summer Undergraduate Research Program, June 15-Aug. 15
Students from other colleges and universities, often without major research programs in biology, spend the summer working in the labs of Princeton biologists.
Contact: Alison Gammie, (609) 258-6380, agammie@molbio.princeton.edu

Princeton Materials Institute
Upward Bound, July 28-Aug 14; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays
The materials institute will provide the science program for the Trenton-based Upward Bound program for local high school students. Participants will work with faculty and staff in state-of-the-art labs with electron microscopes and other equipment. The program is coordinated with Mercer Community College.

Research Experience for Undergraduates, June 9 to Aug. 8
College students from across the country will join a group of Princeton undergraduates for a summer of working on ongoing research projects in the labs of Princeton scientists. The students, who are mostly from colleges that do not have high-level scientific research, become members of the lab and are assigned actual research projects.

Princeton University Materials Academy, July 21-25, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Students from Middlesex High School will participate in a weeklong pilot project in which they will operate an electron microscope and participate in workshops on robotics and materials science.
Contact: Dan Steinberg, (609) 258-5598, dsteinbe@princeton.edu

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
Plasma Camp, July 21-25
About 12 high school physics teachers, mostly from New Jersey, will work in the laboratory's Plasma Science Education Lab to better understand plasma science and find ways to work the subject into their curricula.

Energy in 21st Century: Solar, Fuel Cells and Fusion, Aug. 4-8
The program offers an introduction to current energy research to 20 students from the Bergen Academy for the Advancement of Science and Technology in Hackensack, N.J.

Research Experience for Undergraduates, June 9-Aug. 15
More than 12 undergraduate students from all over the country as well as six local high school students will spend 10 weeks working in the labs of PPPL scientists, actively participating in current research projects.
Contacts: Tony DeMeo, (609) 243-2755, ademeo@pppl.gov; Patty Wieser, (609) 243-2757, pwieser@pppl.gov

Teacher Preparation Program
Princeton University Preparatory Program, July 5 to Aug. 15
This program brings Trenton-area high school students to campus for an intensive series of courses, workshops and events designed to provide the crucial preparation they need to enter college. Participants enroll for all three summers of high school and work with Princeton Prep mentors throughout the year.
Contact: Richard Carter, (609) 258-7466, rscarter@princeton.edu

Quest, July 7-18, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily
In two separate programs for elementary and middle school teachers, participants take two weeklong workshops on science topics from Princeton faculty and staff experts. The workshops are designed to give teachers the confidence and knowledge they need to expand their own curricula. The workshops include such topics as weather and climate, earthquakes and volcanoes, and electricity and magnetism. The program also provides follow-up resources and technical expertise.
Contact: Veronica Diehl, (609) 258-3336, vdiehl@princeton.edu


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