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The ASE Program provides a full work experience beginning with the application process and interview skill training. Successful applicants are selected by ASE mentors and gain professional experience while working as interns with mentor scientists and engineers from industry, university, non-profit and government agencies. Applications due in late February, see ASE Application Instructions for requirements and information on how to apply.
The brain controls everything we think, do, and feel. You are invited to come learn more about how it learns, remembers, sleeps ... and ponders the mysteries of the opposite sex. Each year, we offer lectures, a brain fair, and events for kids and in the classroom.
CMOP, funded through the National Science Foundation, conducts research to achieve a better understanding of physical, chemical, and biological processes regulating river-to-ocean ecosystems. Ocean Science Camp (7 - 12 grades) is based on the research being conducted at CMOP. During this two-week summer camp, students travel to Astoria for a day on the Research Vessel Forerunner. During Coastal Challenge (7 - 12 grades), students learn about ocean sciences and other disciplines related to a specific challenge such as an oil spill or tsunamis. Then teams of campers work together to solve the challenge. These camps are offered in partnership with Saturday Academy; scholarships for underrepresented students are available. Classes focusing on the research at CMOP will be offered and listed in the Saturday Academy catalog.
The Ted R. Lilley Cancer CURE Program is a research mentorship training at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, and supported by the Center for Diversity & Inclusion. It is designed to offer research experiences to high school students from socially and economically disadvantaged populations from the Portland metropolitan area. The long-term goals of this program are to give hands-on research experience and science exposure to disadvantaged students in biomedical research and other health-related programs. Learn more about the Cure Program.
Since 1999, Dangerous Decibels has been a public health campaign designed to reduce the incidence and prevalence of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) and tinnitus (ringing in the ears, which is an early indicator of hearing loss) by changing knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors.
The Dangerous Decibels activities include:
- An educator resource guide – 63-page booklet full of background information about hearing and classroom activities
- An educator training workshop that teaches how to present the Dangerous Decibels 45-minute classroom program
- a museum exhibition at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in Portland
- OMSI Outreach programs to schools in the Pacific Northwest
- research projects on epidemiology of noise-induced hearing loss and methods of noise-induced hearing loss
- a website (www.dangerousdecibels.org) that includes information on hearing and noise induced hearing loss, effectiveness and epidemiological research projects and results, free downloadable educator resources, a Virtual Exhibit with eight interactive activities, educator training workshops, "Jolene" (a mannequin with sound level meter in her ear), and an online store.
The program was built upon an innovative collaboration between basic science researchers, museum educators, school teachers, students, civic leaders, and volunteers in a unique public/private partnership. Partners have included the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), American Tinnitus Association, National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, University of Northern Colorado, Portland State University, Marion Downs Hearing Center, OHSU's Oregon Prevention Research Center (Center for Healthy Communities), National Hearing Conservation Association, and American Academy of Audiology.
OHSU’s Dental Exploring Program is in its sixteenth year of providing participants with a general perception of what a career in dentistry is all about. Participating high school students have been very enthusiastic about their experience, and many of them have successfully matriculated to dental school. Monthly two-hour meetings are held at the dental school with an emphasis on "hands-on" activities. The first hour is composed of a lecture from dental school faculty from a variety of disciplines, while the second hour is a laboratory experience. Dental students organize the monthly meetings and act as mentors. Space is limited to sixty participants and is reserved on a first come, first serve basis. A complete application, consent forms and $40 fee must be on file to reserve a space. Program begins early November, see http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/education/schools/school-of-dentistry/prospective-students/exploration-programs.cfm for requirements and contact information.
Education and research program from Oregon Health & Science University that travels around the state to help the public learn about their health.
Oregon AHEC: K-12 Programs
- Youth Health Service Corps
- High school students in rural parts of Oregon are participating in this national program of volunteer service learning and health career topics. Each AHEC region offers YHSC at one or more high school locations.
- Health Career Day:
Community partners sponsor a variety of Health Career Day activities in the fall or spring. The goals are to educate students about health careers, let them hear from practicing health professionals, visit with college representatives and talk to healthcare employers. Contact the AHEC in your area for more information.
- MedQuest Health Careers Camp:
Each June NEOAHEC brings together nearly thirty high school age youths to attend a five-day residential camp at Eastern Oregon University. Grande Ronde Hospital staff and eighty independent practitioners join with NEOAHEC to provide career education and shadowing experiences for youth. Students from northeast Oregon counties are eligible to attend. Cascades East AHEC provides scholarships to eligible students from their region, please contact Cascades East AHEC for more information.
- Girls in Science: In cooperation with Eastern Oregon University, Girls in Science provides a daylong opportunity for girls in grades 6-8 to explore science, math, and technology through fun, hands-on activities. Contact NEOAHEC for registration and information.
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Each year OIDD provides an opportunity for several high school and early college students to become exposed to some of the work being accomplished at OIDD. Students participate in activities of our various programs both at the Child Development Research Center and at Doernbecher Children's Hospital. In addition to engaging in meaningful employment, students learn about healthcare career options as well as many of the healthcare issues facing patients with disabilities today. For additional information, contact Lindsay Sauvé, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due late March.
For more information contact Diana Gordon at 503-690-5201 or email@example.com. High school students in the Portland, Beaverton, and Hillsboro school districts are eligible to apply to participate in the Science Ambassadors
Mentor Program. The program matches high school students with 5th graders from the nearby community. High school students meet weekly at the Primate Center, hearing from scientists about their research and drawing concepts from those lectures to share with their 5th grade "mentees." They develop age-appropriate, hands-on activities that demonstrate these concepts to the younger students, and carry out these lesson plans during the meetings.
The Partnership for Scientific Inquiry class is designed to allow Portland area high school students an opportunity to experience scientific research. The class provides a dynamic learning environment to explore the scientific inquiry process and pairs students with OHSU faculty mentors. Students prepare a research proposal that describes work which could be done in the mentor's lab over the ensuing summer. Please note this program meets during the second academic semester (Feb-June) and students may continue in the summer to conduct research with their mentor. High school credit can be obtained for participation in this upper level class. This class meets every Monday from 4:30 to 6:30 PM on the OHSU campus beginning approximately Feb. 1 and continuing throughout the remainder of the school year. High school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are invited to apply. Students must have no scheduling conflicts that would interfere with attending all classes. The class is rigorous with weekly homework as well as written and oral presentations. Please go to our website (click on the title above) for applications, deadlines and specific information.
Saturday Academy offers all students exceptional opportunities for enriched learning by enlisting community professionals to share facilities, equipment and expertise through hands-on classes, workshops and internships. Many of the programs are offered at no cost to students and parents. For more information or to register for classes, please visit Saturday Academy or call 503-200-5858.
OHSU's Office of Science Education Opportunities (SEO) was formed in February 2002. This office serves the community and OHSU employees as we work to develop and mobilize OHSU's unique resources to increase science literacy throughout the region. Our primary audiences are K - 12 teachers and students and OHSU faculty, students and staff.
Through innovative classroom presentations and course work, Think First's programs are designed to help young children and teens develop lifelong safety habits to minimize their risk of sustaining brain, spinal cord or other traumatic injuries. Most importantly, Think First teaches young people ways to avoid behaviors and situations that put them at risk. Our message is that you can enjoy a fun, exciting life and be safe if you "think first" and use your mind to protect your body.