Young Scholars Program: Exploring the Sciences
Coming in Summer 2016!
Got science on the brain? Do you like chemistry? Marine biology? Underwater robotics? Then join us this summer for our new Young Scholars Program... Exploring the Sciences! Come to this exciting new summer program for deaf and hard of hearing students who are currently in the 9th through 11th grades.
Here's what you will be doing:
- Perform hands-on chemistry experiments and investigate how chemicals contribute to unexpected results.
- Explore the Anacostia River- "The Forgotten River" and determine the health of its ecosystem.
- Build an underwater remotely operated vehicle and score points for your team in a pool competition.
- Perform experiments on the food you eat every day.
- Bonus: All work and no play? Not here! Explore the world-famous museums and monuments in Washington D.C., swim and shop 'til you drop at Rehoboth Beach and more!
Exploring the Sciences Staff:
Dr. H. David Synder, Ph.D.
Dr. H. David Snyder grew up in Baltimore, went to school at Boston College and, after that, joined the Peace Corps where he taught physics at the University of El Salvador (1968-1971). After the Peace Corps, he went to Columbia University and did his research in elementary particle physics (1971-1978) at Fermilab, near Chicago Illinois. He has been at Gallaudet University, teaching physics, Earth/space science and computer programming since 1978. He works at Goddard Space Flight Center each week, processing old spy satellite imagery from the 1960s to study changes in vegetation and effects of climate change.
Daniel J. Lundberg
Daniel J. Lundberg, Ph.D..
Dr. Daniel J. Lundberg grew up in the suburbs of the Twin Cities in Minnesota and moved to the East Coast to attend Gallaudet University as an undergraduate. After obtaining his BS, he worked at the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Maryland as a post-baccalaureate (2002-2003) on cancer research using pharmacology. After the post-baccalaureate, he returned to Minnesota to study Pharmacology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Medical School (2003-2008). After obtaining the PhD, he returned to his alma mater, Gallaudet University, where he teaches general chemistry, analytical chemistry, advanced inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, and pharmacology. Dr. Lundberg continues to collaborate with the National Cancer Institute on cancer research and also researches water chemistry in both the Anacostia River in Washington, DC during the academic year and north-central Minnesota lakes near Brainerd, MN during the summers.
Derek Braun, Ph.D.
Dr. Derek Braun grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and attended La Follette high school. He attended Gallaudet and majored in computer science. After graduation, he enrolled in graduate school in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Maryland, and also began teaching at Gallaudet as a laboratory instructor. After completing his Ph.D., Dr. Braun worked at the National Cancer Institute, NIH, from 2002 through 2006, where he studied molecular pathways important in cancer and pain. Dr. Braun was awarded a provisional patent for developing a fluorescent tool for high-throughput screening of potential anticancer drugs. Dr. Braun currently directs the the Molecular Genetics Laboratory, Gallaudet's first biological research laboratory, where he leads the Genetics of Connexin 26 Deafness project and collaborates on the Cancer Research project.
Date of program: TBS
Program fee: TBA
Who can attend: Deaf and hard of hearing college-bound students currently in 9th-11th grades.
Must show evidence that you are enrolled in a standard, local, or general high school diploma - track program. Please submit an unofficial transcript and/or letter from guidance/school counselor. Incomplete applications will not be processed.