Ralph, The ACS program, "Project Seed" specifically allows, and pays a small salary to students who help out, and learn some chemistry, in real labs under the supervision of an experienced mentor. The basic idea is two-fold, help deserving students earn a little money and perhaps recruit new minds into becoming candidates for the next Nobel in chemistry. Jay ----- Original Message ----- From: "Ralph Stuart"
To: Sent: Monday, March 30, 2009 10:30 AM Subject: [DCHAS-L] Best Practices for Students in Industrial Labs >A DCHAS-L member who preferred to ask this question anonymously asked me >to post this... > > - Ralph > > 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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