High School Science Enrichment Program
The Hepatitis B Foundation (HBF) offers a two week High School Science Enrichment Program for talented high school students interested in learning about research, biotechnology and public health in the context of hepatitis B and liver cancer. Students gain a unique “hands on” experience at the HBF’s Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center in state-of-the-art research labs under the guidance of senior scientists. In addition to lab research, students learn public health issues in research, enjoy guest lectures, and attend professional seminars. They hear about the outreach and advocacy initiatives of the HBF from our dedicated public health professionals to gain an awareness of the global problem of hepatitis B and an appreciation of the importance of research in advancing our mission.
The goals of the High School Science Enrichment Program are:
- Provide “hands-on” lab experience that is supervised by professional scientists
- Learn about the global problem of hepatitis B, which has infected 2 billion people worldwide
- Understand the role of research and public health in addressing the problem of diseases within the context of hepatitis B
- Learn how science can be applied in different career paths, including research and medicine
- Review the mission and good work of the Hepatitis B Foundation
At the conclusion of the program, students submit a summary of their experience and provide a presentation of their accomplishments at a forum attended by their peers, mentors, HBF faculty and invited guests.
Students from select area schools are chosen by their individual district personnel. The program, now in it's fifth year, is partially funded by the Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program and Univest Bank. The 2011 program was supported in part by Universal Health Services, Inc. and Wal-Mart, Inc.
For information about the program, contact:
Hepatitis B Foundation
3805 Old Easton Road
Doylestown, PA 18902
Eight high school students participated in a two-week enrichment program. The 2012 High School Science Enrichment Program participants were: Lydia Adnane, Allyson Briegel, Malcolm Hoffman, Jonah Kim, Jessica Magri, Monica Perone, Daniel Simon and Evan Trauger.
HBF's summer programs contine to attract the best and the brightest to learn more about biomedicall research within the context of HBV and liver cancer.