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Science Education - Kindergarden Through Undergraduate


As part of an academic institution, Feist-Weiller Cancer Center partcipates in various partnerships to provide science education for all ages.   

The LSU Health Shreveport’s, Office of Multicultural Affairs sponsors the “Partnership in Science Education Pipeline”, a collaboration with the Sci Port Louisiana Discovery Science Center, Caddo and Bossier Parish School Districts, and twenty-six colleges/universities throughout Louisiana.  The six pipeline programs, kindergarden through undergraduate,  are designed to stimulate an interest in the fields of medicine, research and allied health professions by exposing students to renowned scientists and physicians who volunteer to serve as mentors for these programs.  Participants are also exposed to weekly supplemental activities which include lectures, video presentations, tours and career counseling.   For more information visit the Multicultural Affairs website and click summer programs.  

The Biomedical Research Foundation helps support the Biotech Academy, a biotechnology magnet program at Shreveport’s Southwood High School.  This program offers a four-year advanced science education with a learning environment focused on developing skills for the technology age and on stimulating  movement of students towards scientific pursuits at the college level.  A major portion of this program is Biostart, a semester-long research internship in the senior year that is sponsored by an NIH SEPA grant awarded to LSU Health Sciences Center – Shreveport.  During this internship, students  put their education into practice with hands-on laboratory experience with basic science mentors at LSU Health Sciences Center - Shreveport. 

Academically advanced high school seniors from Caddo and Bossier parish high schools who are interested in medicine, biomedical research or biomedical engineering have the opportunity to participate in the SMART program. Science and Medicine Academic Research Training (SMART) provides intensive hands-on research experiences for these students.  Go online for more information about the SMART program.

The Biomedical Research Foundation has a strong interest in a future scientific workforce.  The Foundation provides a wide variety of opportunities for many age groups.  To learn about the educational programs the Biomedical Research Foundation offers, click on the Programs menu on their home page.

At the college level, the Summer Undergraduate Pharmacology Experience in Research (SUPER) program provides hands on basic science and translational research in laboratories at LSU Health under the direction of faculty mentors.  These mentors are frequently involved in basic science cancer research focusing on finding cures for various cancers.  Many of the students have won national awards for their work. The ten-week summer program is under the direction of the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Neuroscience.  It seeks domestic undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in pharmacology. Students participate in laboratory research experiments and attend weekly lectures on topics that will help prepare them for success in research-intensive doctoral programs.


To Apply:
Students must submit an application, one letter of recommendation, unofficial college transcript, and a brief statement of why you would like to participate in this internship program. An applicant must be a United States citizen or Permanent Resident.

Submit applications here.

Application Deadline for SUPER/SURF Summer 2015: March 18, 2015.



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