• High School Science Student Symposium

    The purpose of the annual Symposium is to stimulate outstanding high school science students' interest in pursuing biomedical careers by allowing them to meet and learn first-hand about the work of doctors, scientists and allied health professionals who are finding new treatments and cures for childhood diseases and improving the outcomes for children today. The students learn about careers in the allied health sciences and biomedical research and tour clinical and research facilities at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Our goal is that participants will leave with a greater interest in pursuing a career in health care or research.

    All Cincinnati Tri-State Area High Schools are invited to participate. Since participation in this event should be viewed as an honor bestowed upon their best science students, schools are encouraged to select students who are:

    * outstanding science students
    * juniors or seniors in high school
    * interested in careers in science and medicine

    Students must be accompanied by a science faculty member or other adult representative from their high school. The invitation letter sent to Cincinnati area high school science teachers is attached.

    Online registration is required. We only have space for 45 schools so early registration is encouraged. Registration will be closed when we reach capacity or at midnight on February 13, 2015. Only 1 group of 3 will be accepted from each school.

    The Twenty-third Annual High School Science Student Symposium will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. Directions to the Sabin Education Center will be provided to all registered participants.

  • Symposium Schedule

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    The morning session on career opportunities in pediatric health care consists of 7 concurrent sessions. Each attendee must pre-register for two of the 7 sessions on different health care professions. Specialists in each field will talk about the training requirements, job descriptions and career opportunities in:

    • Nursing Careers
    • Occupational, and Physical Therapy
    • Speech Pathology, and Audiology
    • Respiratory Therapy, and Radiology Technology
    • Clinical Psychology, and Genetic Counseling
    • Biomedical Research Careers (basic, clinical, translational)
    • Tips for preparing to apply to Medical School

    In the second part of the program students will re-assemble with their school into small groups to participate in 3 tours / hands-on activities including:

    1. Orthopedic Sports Medicine / Physical Therapy
    2. Developmental Occupational and Physical Therapy
    3. Radiology Department Tour and Demos
    4. Genetic Counseling Activity
    5. Respiratory Therapy
    6. Clinical and Histopathology Labs
    7. Craniofacial Anomalies / Dentistry
    8. Brain Stimulation Research in Tourette’s and ADHD
    9. Pediatric Pharmacy Tour
    10. Allergy / Immunology Research
    11. Molecular and Cytogenetics Labs
    12. Cystic Fibrosis Treatment
    13. Heart Development Lab: Zebrafish
    14. Organ Development Lab: Xenopus (frog)
    15. Cancer Cell Research
    16. "How Babies Eat", Dr. Sheela Geraghty

    Lunch will be provided and students will have a chance to interact directly with specialists in roundtable discussions.  The teachers and counselors will have a chance to network at the teacher tables. Students need to pre-register for the round table topic – please give your first and second choice. Tables will be assigned in order of application receipt date.

    Round Table Topics for students only

    • Pharmacy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Respiratory Therapy
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Dentistry
    • Radiology
    • Speech Pathology and Audiology
    • Nursing
    • Cytogenetics
    • Doctor/ Pediatrician
    • Cancer Research
    • Immunology Research
    • Developmental Biology Research
    • Discussion of the Dual Connections, BS/MD program at UC

    The luncheon will end with short presentations describing outreach opportunities for students to participate in biomedical research and clinical shadowing programs at Cincinnati Children's and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

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    Curing a dental filling with UV light.

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    Using dental instruments as part of the craniofacial hands-on activity.

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    Dr. Gilbert demonstrates the use of the TCM electromagnet to stimulate neural activity with volunteers.

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    Students using the Pathology lab teaching microscopes

    Students using the Pathology lab teaching microscopes

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    Looking at samples in the dissecting microscope.

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    Sports medicine demo with a volunteer.

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    Looking at eosinophils in the immunology lab.

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    Students with their gloves on ready to start a hands-on experiment.

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    Student pipetting a sample into the nitric oxide detector.

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    Explaining ultrasound images in the radiology group tour.

    Physical therapist, Molly Thomas, demonstrating cast removal
    Physical therapist, Molly Thomas, demonstrating cast removal.

    Physical therapist, Molly Thomas, demonstrating cast removal.

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    Student looking at developing organs with a dissecting microscope. 

    Nicole White explaining the FAX machine during the Immunology lab.
    Nicole White explaining the FAX machine during the Immunology lab.

    Nicole White explaining the FAX machine during the Immunology lab.

    Students participating in round table discussions with the experts during the luncheon.
    Students participating in round table discussions with the experts during the luncheon.

    Students participating in round table discussions with the experts during the luncheon.

  • Applications

    Research Center.

    We are now accepting applications for the 2015 Symposium.

    >APPLY HERE

  • 2015 High School Science Student Symposium

    The Twenty-third Annual High School Science Student Symposium will be held on

    Thursday, March 5, 2015
    from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm

    If you have any questions or problems with the application process, contact Karen Steffen (513) 636-8603 or by e-mail at karen.steffen@cchmc.org.

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    Read an article about the High School Science Student Symposium that appeared in the Cincinnati Children's publication Research Horizons.Read the article
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    Presentation to the whole group in the Auditorium.