Zoe & Michael knew they wanted to offer an intensive university level experience for deserving high school students to work in the lab with research scientists, but they weren’t sure how to get it started. It took a team effort to fund the program, provide the experience, and find the most promising high school students to take advantage of the opportunity. That innovative idea evolved into the Draelos Scholars Program that is administered through their Donor Advised Fund.
A group of high school juniors from local schools are chosen to participate in a hands-on experience all summer long. These students are matched with Research Scientist at local Universities to work in a real world lab with one on one instruction for the entire summer. At the end of the program, the students present their findings to the entire group. Students take part in ongoing projects in their faculty mentor’s labs, learning technical skills, as well as the process of conducting research along the way. Additional enrichment activities developed for the program will give participants a look at the diverse opportunities a career in science offers. Each year the Scholars Program grows to new heights with better opportunities for budding scientists!