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Our industrial laboratory has previously allowed high school students
(under age 18) to shadow researchers in the laboratory. The parents
must sign a release form to allow emergency medical treatment and
disclose any prescription medications the student is currently
taking. There is a lengthy and serious safety presentation with the
students and their mentors prior to entering the lab. The students
are allowed to observe low risk experiments, e.g., room temperature
reactions, pipeting non-BBP materials into multi-well plates, use of
microscopes and surface analysis equipment and HPLC's, etc. The
students are not allowed into high hazard areas such as hazardous drug
labs or to observe experiments that involve pyrophoric reagents
(hydrides, etc.). The mentor must accompany the student in the
laboratory 100% of the time.
We have had a recent request from management to allow a high school
student (< 18 years old) to actually conduct experiments in our
research laboratory during the summer. Do any industrial labs allow
high school students to participate in a summer research project?
What are the limitations? Do you have any guidelines to share?
We have considered having a local university allow the student to work
in their lab and our company sponsor the project.
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