"The series was fantastic! It was truly one of the best experiences of my life, and I am so glad that I was accepted.”
-- 2016 Participant
Frequently Asked Questions about the Spring Lecture Series for High School Students
Q. WHAT IS INVOLVED IN PARTICIPATING IN THE SPRING LECTURE SERIES FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS?
The series, held annually during the Massachusetts public school spring vacation week, exposes students to cutting-edge topics in biomedical research. The three-day program features lectures from world-class scientists, hands-on laboratory demonstrations, visits to local biotechnology companies and research institutions, and interactions with young Whitehead researchers.
To participate, students must commit to attend all three days of the series.
Q. WHO CAN REGISTER FOR THE LECTURE SERIES?
Registration is open to students age 14 and over who are enrolled in grades 9-12 (NOTE: Eighth-grade students who meet the age requirement are not eligible to attend). Registration, which opens online approximately six weeks before the program start, requires parental consent. Students are accepted on a first-come, first-served. No more than 5 students from a single school may attend. Because space is limited, registrants are encouraged to apply early. Registration is capped at 50 students and is expected to fill within 48 hours of registration opening.
Q. HOW MANY STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN THE SERIES?
50 students were accepted into the program in 2017.
Q. IS THERE A FEE TO ATTEND THE SERIES?
No. The series is free for all participating students.
Q. WHAT IS THE DAILY SCHEDULE?
Doors open for daily registration at 9:00 a.m., with formal activities commencing promptly at 9:30 a.m. Programming concludes at 1:00 p.m. each day.
Q. IS LUNCH INCLUDED?
Yes. Lunch is provided for students each day. When registering for the program, please inform us of any dietary restrictions.
Q. IS HOUSING PROVIDED FOR STUDENTS?
Because most attendees live in the greater Boston area, Whitehead Institute does not arrange for student housing. Out-of-state students or those wishing to stay nearby during the program may find accommodations within walking distance of Whitehead Institute at the Boston Marriott Cambridge and Kendall Hotel. As the program is held the same week as the Boston Marathon, we strongly recommend that hotel reservations be made as early as possible.
Q. MAY PARENTS ATTEND OR SERVE AS CHAPERONES?
While we appreciate their interest in the program, space constraints prevent us from allowing parents to take part.
Q. WHAT IF I’VE REGISTERED BUT CANNOT ATTEND?
Registration for the series represents a commitment to attend all three days of the program. Naturally, we understand that conflicts arise occasionally. We ask that registered students unable to participate contact us immediately so we may attempt to accommodate those on our waiting list.
If you have any other questions, please contact Amy Tremblay.
Public Programs Officer
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
455 Main Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142
A Whitehead technical associate discusses career path options with a high school student.