Scientists who open labs to teens promote STEM inspiration

Taking a high school student into the lab offers not only valuable experience, but also inspiration

By Bethany Brookshire, 15:49 PM August 6, 2014

“I really enjoy my job and I think I should transmit that interest and excitement to students,” says Peter Tonge. He’s a chemical biologist at Stony Brook University in New York. And when he talks about students, he doesn’t just mean college and graduate students. This summer, he’s got six or more high school students working in his lab. Some are just rising sophomores.

Many university scientists might think that 14 is too young to taking on difficult experiments. But Tonge argues that the soo...

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