The Whitehead Spring Lecture Series for High School Students

Notice: Due to the rapidly evolving circumstances surrounding COVID-19, and in accordance with recent policies issued by Whitehead Institute we will be cancelling the upcoming Whitehead Institute Spring Lecture Series for High School Students, set for April 21-23, 2020. 

As difficult a decision as this is, our foremost concern is for the safety and well being of all participants. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding. Please do consider joining us again next year!

Since its inception in 1990, Whitehead’s Spring Lecture Series for High School Students has encouraged students to explore the facts behind the science headlines through exposure to cutting-edge topics in biomedical research.

This special three-day program will include presentations from pioneering scientists, hands-on workshops in laboratories at Whitehead Institute, visits to local biotech companies and research organizations, and lunches with young Whitehead scientists.

“This series has changed my life. It has shaped me, and allowed me to discover a passion for research. Thank you!”

-- Student, Grade 12, Homeschool


The Spring High School Student Lecture Series topics are current themes that reflect concerns voiced in the news, the latest developments in research, and science's impact on our daily lives.

Oh the Nerve! Neurological Disorders and the Brain
Game Changers: Emerging Technologies Transforming Tomorrow’s Biology (2018)
The Human Microbiome: What Your Gut is Telling You (2017)

Precision Medicine: Cancer and Beyond (2016)

Genetic Engineering Today (2015)

Picture This: Neuroimaging and the Brain (2014)

Tom Volkert, Director of Whitehead's Genome Technology Core, discusses how genes are sequenced with high school student program participants.

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