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 25 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

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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