Immersion Science Program

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Program Category: Fee Structure, Free, Grade Level, and 9 - 12Program Tags: cancer, diet, and fruit fly

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  • The Immersion Science Program (ISP) is an 11-week laboratory research training course for students over 16 years old who have completed Chemistry and Biology It is comprised of boot camp training in lab techniques in the context of a screen for nutrients that impact cancer signaling. Short lectures highlight conceptual skills including the cellular basis for cancer and the use of Drosophila (fruit flies) in cancer research. Students advance to tackle challenges including experimental design and analysis while developing their own novel research projects aimed at defining how diet influences cancer signaling.


    Organization Name: Fox Chase Cancer Center
    Organization Street Address: 333 Cottman Avenue
    Organization City, State, Zip: Philadelphia, PA 19111
    Organization Phone Number: 1-888-FOX-CHASE (888-369-2427)
    Short Description of Organization:

    The Mission of Fox Chase Cancer Center: To prevail over cancer, marshaling heart and mind in bold scientific discovery, pioneering prevention, and compassionate care.
    Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.

    Program Street Address: 333 Cottman Avenue
    Program Phone Number: 1-215-728-2858
    Which one best describes your organization?: Non-Profit
    Which one best describes your program?: Site-based - stationary (students come to a site)
    Is your program delivered in collaboration with external partners?: No
    Accepting Mentors: No


    Is STEM the "core" of your program?: Yes
    Which type of STEM programming do you offer? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Biochemistry
    • Medicine and or Health
    • Other
    Which other activities does your STEM program include? (choose All that apply):
    • Project-Based Learning
    • Workforce Development
    Does your program use volunteer STEM mentors?: Yes


    Where is your STEM program offered? (choose ALL that apply): Near Northeast Philadelphia
    When does your STEM program take place? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Winter
    • Weekend


    How many children does your program serve each year? Numbers can be estimates.: Less than 100 individuals
    How many hours/week does each child participate? Numbers can be estimates, and can be specific to a season or semester.: Between 2 and 5 hours per week
    Which ages/grades does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply): 9th -12th grade
    Which gender(s) does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Girls
    • Boys
    • Transgender and Gender Non Conforming
    Which ethnic/racial populations does your STEM program serve?:
    • African-American
    • Latino
    • Caucasian
    • Asian
    • Native American
    • Middle Eastern
    • Multi-Ethnic
    What percentage of your participants are eligible for free or reduced lunch? Percentages can be estimates.*: 1-25%
    Who can participate in your STEM program?: Individuals only
    Can your STEM program accommodate youth with special needs?: Do not know


    Do participants need to pay for your STEM program?: No
    If participants need to pay for your STEM program, are scholarships available?: No
    Is transportation to and from your program provided?: Other



    Please select the applicable categories: Fee Structure, Free, Grade Level, and 9 - 12
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