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Saturday Science Academy Youth Training Program (SSA)*

February 2, 2019 to March 30, 2019

Training Under-Served Youth in DC, MD, VA

The 2019 Saturday Science Academy (SSA) application period is closed.


The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES), in collaboration with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) will be conducting a FREE 9-week Saturday Science Academy (SSA) Training Program starting February 2, 2019 for underserved minority youth students in the Washington DC metropolitan area at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus located in Bethesda, Maryland. 

The program will train minority students (grades 6-7-8) on the basics of life sciences and provide a hands-on laboratory training experience to stimulate students’ interest in the sciences. The training program was developed to support and increase minority participation in science careers, to enhance the participants’ level of scientific literacy, and to enhance participants' awareness of careers in the biomedical and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) field. 

The primary goals of the program are to:     

•           Aid selected students in acquiring basic laboratory techniques;

•           Learn data acquisition and organization skills;

•           Understand methods of data analysis and interpretation; and

•           Develop writing skills to generate research conclusions

The program will promote the learning of scientific methods; which aims to reinforce the education goals set by Washington, DC, MD, and VA public schools. It is hoped that the program will lead to participants' increased interest in the sciences and biomedical research. 

The training will take place on Saturdays (9:00am – 12:00noon), starting on February 2, 2019 at the FAES Biotechnology Training facility on the NIH campus (One Cloister Court, NIH Building 60, Bethesda, Maryland).

Click here for the application form and submission instructions. To be considered for participation, students must submit application by December 21, 2018.

To learn more about the program please email

* This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No: HHSN271201800711P

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