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This program dives into green chemistry, a hot new area that is generating jobs for researchers in the industry as well as workers in the medical and health fields. Green chemists work on redesigning agricultural, industrial, and pharmaceutical products in order to reduce or eliminate the production of harmful and toxic byproducts. Green chemists also examine the effects of harmful chemicals on human and environmental health. Understandably, this is a booming area of job growth – a new, valuable field that is generating a wealth of employment opportunities.
Through guided lab activities and toxicology studies, teens will practice the process of developing an experiment, focusing on the importance of background research prior to developing an experimental design, how to incorporate effective controls, and the importance of demonstrating repeatable results.
This is a competitive admissions summer research program designed for teens
For students interested in chemistry, environmental science, medicine, or human health, this is the ideal program. It was originally designed by Ann Lambert was a 2013-2014 Teacher-of-the-Year finalist in Massachusetts, one of only five teachers that year to receive the honor, and earned the Theodore William Richards Award for Excellence in Teaching Chemistry.
Students have visited:
Beyond Benign: The hub of Green Chemistry. Beyond Benign was co-founded by Dr. John Warner, one of the fathers of Green Chemistry and co-author of the defining text on the subject.
BURECS Lab at Boston University: A climate change laboratory working to increase passion for STEM education.
D-Lab at MIT: A research laboratory bringing technology to the developing world.
Koch Institute: An MIT institute bringing scientists and engineers together to advance cancer treatment.
Greentown Labs: A laboratory devoted to urgently transforming the consumption of energy while minimizing negative impact on the environment.
NOTE: COVID will impact field trips. We cannot guarantee a given field trip will run as in past years or at all.
‘I found that Ann was very informative and passionate about green chemistry. I learned a lot about how our industries output toxic chemicals as well as about companies making solutions. Labs were very engaging.’
‘In this program we studied real-world problems in the eyes of a chemist, balancing both academics and experimentation. Professor Ann Lambert provided great insight into the world of green chemistry and was supportive throughout the journey.’
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