Apprenticeship Program

The Monell Science Apprenticeship Program’s mission is to stimulate an interest in biomedical science or medicine as careers – particularly in groups typically underrepresented in science, including females, ethnic or racial minorities, and the economically disadvantaged. Our program is consistently listed in the 50 Best Pre-college Summer Science Programs for High School Students by Best College Reviews

With your support, our current summer program includes:

  • At least seven weeks of paid full-time structured research activity with a Monell scientist.
  • A public conference where apprentices present their research to scientific staff, family members, and friends.
  • Enrichment activities that include lectures on scientific topics; public speaking and written communication; and ethical principles guiding human and animal research.
  • Opportunities to learn about different careers in medicine and science.

Program Requirements

Students interested in applying to MSAP must:

  • Have a strong interest in science and research
  • Be currently enrolled in a high school or undergraduate institution
  • Be able to prove eligibility to work in the United States
  • Applicants need to be from the greater Philadelphia area, including Camden, NJ

For more information…

Dates for the 2021 program will be Monday, June 14 through Friday, August 6, 2021. Please apply here by December 18, 2020.

See the application, program highlights, and FAQs.

Contact Information

Please direct all correspondence and inquiries to studentprogram@monell.org.

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Osama Ahmed

“I am now finishing up my PhD in neuroscience at the University of California San Francisco. In the lab, I study the genetic and neural basis of social behaviors, an interest I developed while I was an MSAP student in Paul Breslin’s lab.

MSAP inspired me to produce a science podcast – Carry the One Radio – that makes research understandable to a wide audience. Most recently, my fellow grad students and I won a national science communication contest for our video on the need to fund fundamental research.”

– Osama Ahmed, Monell Science Apprenticeship Program 2002-2005