Teenager Apprenticeship Programme
in Life Sciences Research
Defining the field of life sciences
The interdisciplinary facets of life sciences incorporate the diverse branches of science affiliated with the investigative study of all living organisms.
Life science discoveries have contributed to a global improvement in living standards, promoting a prosperous quality of life, with substantial effects observed in the industries of health, medicine, pharmaceutics, agriculture, and food science to name but a few.
The practical application of life sciences extends to a plethora of related fields with vast applicability in many cross-over subspecialties, particularly in the realm of healthcare and other applied disciplines. Several academic majors including Bioengineering, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Environmental Health, Medicine, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology and Virology are among the many paths which distinctly portray the vocational diversity that a career in life sciences offers. A world of opportunity awaits. This is your chance to explore the exciting subjects associated with life sciences, and to discover the rewarding careers that follow.
What is research apprenticeship?
This hands-on experience provides the opportunity to partake in expert industry training. Unlike traditional tutorial classes or mock-research assignments, a research apprenticeship is an educational form of internship training that allows an intern to acquire a set of research and interpersonal skills through authentic work experiences. By working directly with a professional research team, participating in current ongoing research projects, and applying acquired skills in a real-life research facility under the supervision of a renowned opinion leader in the field (mentor), interns can immerse themselves in a highly specialized environment.
IT IS REAL!
The benefits of a research internship
For future postgraduate students pursuing doctoral degrees or advanced professional qualifications, a research internship is a crucial requirement that forms an important part of individual career development and progression.
Exceptional undergraduate students who have been exposed to an internship experience may be presented with various opportunities to engage in specialized research work at various research centers across the globe. Esteemed fellowship grants may be presented to successful interns, where the experience gained and research publications produced all form an integral part of professional advancements for those pursuing advanced studies.
As those that will shape the future of the world, high-school students display a keen enthusiasm to engage in research internships at an earlier stage for 3 major reasons:
They are exposed to early research experiences that provide insightful perspectives which can guide their choice of life-science majors in universities or medical schools.
Internships provide valuable knowledge regarding potential career options and research opportunities in academia as a direct result of being able to study subjects that interest them but are absent from the high school curriculum.
In an ever-more competitive admissions landscape, "Standing Out, So Colleges See Who You Really Are" matters. Completing college level research projects as a high school student provides a unique advantage that is difficult to overlook.
To stay ahead of their peers at university with early research experience, whilst simultaneously fostering a personal sense of confidence in future career decisions.
A World-Renowned Key Opinion Leader in Basic & Clinical Science Research (Health Science) Advising Students on Research Internship
Roberto Ferrari, M.D., Ph.D., FESC Emeritus Professor
Professor Ferrari encourages young researchers to explore the beauty of scientific discovery and briefly introduces the numerous rewards and requirements of the TAP program. Enthusiastic, curious, and willing students are inspired to embrace the world of life science, growing through their exposure to specialized research procedures in an international setting.
Who’s Who in the Research World
Google Scholar is an academic platform that features the published research articles of all individuals. To explore the scientific influence of researchers, you can use Google Scholar to discover the number of research articles that they have published, and the impact factor numbers of the journals which accept their articles.
Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that provides a large body of information. Go to Wikipedia and find out about the academic achievements, ranks or appointments within internationally recognized research associations or societies of mentors or topics that are of personal interest.
It is important for an intern to engage in cutting edge research projects conducted in world-class research institutes under the valuable mentorship of global key opinion leaders in his/her research field. Your personal experience with the state-of-the-art research can effectively differentiate your co-curricular activity from others and set you a cut above the rest.