Research Experience for High School Students
The RIA aims to help educate and diversity the next generation of scientists who will advance our understanding of aging and develop new ways of ameliorating age related changes. In support of this aim the RIA working with Dr. Kimberly Engber, the dean of the honors college established a Summer Research Institute (SRI) that provides high school students the opportunity to spend a week working on research related to aging at WSU. This is the first step in our goal of establishing an in depth summer research experience for promising high school students. The first SRI was held from June 12 to June 17 and enrolled 7 students who worked with research faculty from the departments of Exercise Science (Drs. Jeremy Patterson and Heidi Bell) and Psychology (Drs. Barbara Chaparro and graduate student Colton Turner). Over this week students organized into two research teams designed and executed their own experiments, collected and analyzed their data, and presented their results. The program was a success with the students asking to participate in the program next year and requesting that it be longer.
We plan on hosting the Summer Research Institute in Summer 2017, details will be posted by the end of Fall 2016.