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Local High School Students Display Research Projects at Fox Chase Cancer Center; Student Scientists Working Side-by-Side With Researchers

PHILADELPHIA (August 7, 2000) -- Eleven local high school students who have worked for a year with researchers in Fox Chase Cancer Center laboratories will give poster presentations of their work on Friday, August 11, 2000 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Center's cafeteria. The students are taking part in Fox Chase's Partnership for Cancer Research Education funded by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).

As HHMI Student Scientists, these students have worked at Fox Chase Cancer Center on individual research projects such as studying how viruses cause disease, dissecting the function of genes involved in cancer, and designing a computer program to analyze data generated by the new "gene chip" technology. The Student Scientists work after school and then full time for eight weeks over the summer, learning how to ask and answer scientific questions. In the process, Student Scientists also get a rare opportunity to "try out" a career in science while gaining experience and making contacts that will help them turn their trial run into reality.

Fox Chase is one of 35 biomedical research institutions nationwide to receive a Pre-College Science Education Grant from HHMI. The Institute's grants program is the biggest private initiative in U.S. history to enhance the quality of science education. Fox Chase's award is for $325,000, over four years.

With this grant, Fox Chase launched the Partnership for Cancer Research Education in 1999. The program's objective is to improve students' understanding of science and inquiry skills. In addition to the Student Scientist program, the Partnership also helps scientists from Fox Chase's divisions of basic, medical and population science collaborate with area middle and high school teachers to get whole classes of students involved in real, ongoing cancer research projects.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is a medical research organization that employs scientists in cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience and structural biology. Hughes investigators conduct medical research in HHMI laboratories at 71 outstanding academic medical centers and universities nationwide. Through its complementary grants program, HHMI supports science education in the United States and a select group of researchers abroad.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, one of the nation's first comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute in 1974, conducts basic and clinical research; programs of prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach. For more information about Fox Chase activities, visit the Center's web site at:

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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