Waksman Student Scholars Program

Learning Science by Doing Science
The Waksman Student Scholars Program (WSSP) provides opportunities for high school students and their biology teachers to participate in, and contribute to, an authentic research project in molecular biology and bioinformatics. This is a year- long program that begins each summer with a three-week seminar and laboratory Institute held at the Waksman Institute located on the Busch Campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. It continues back at each high school during the academic year when more students can become involved, and concludes the following spring with the Waksman Forum Poster Session.  Since its inception in July 1993, over 250 high school science teachers and approximately 3,500 high school students have worked on scientific research investigations with instruction from Waksman faculty and staff.  The WSSP and its affiliated programs receive support from the Rutgers Waksman Institute, the Toshiba America Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. Our corporate sponsor, GE Healthcare Life-Sciences, provides donations, in-kind and technical support.

Please visit our Website or contact Sue Coletta for further information.


Participating Schools in the current year:


Bayonne High School, NJ
Bridgewater-Raritan HS, NJ
East Brunswick High School, NJ
High Point Regional High School
Hillsborough High School, NJ
James Caldwell High School, NJ
John P. Stevens High School, NJ
Montville Township High School, NJ
New Brunswick Health Sciences Technology High School, NJ
Pascack Hills High School, NJ
Pascack Valley Regional High School, NJ
Rutgers Preparatory, NJ
Somerville High School, NJ
The Pingry School, NJ
Watchung Hills Regional High School, NJ
West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South, NJ
Science & Math. Acad. at Aberdeen
Walter Johnson HS, MD
Hackettstown High School, NJ
Fairlawn HS, NJ
Home School
Piscataway HS, NJ
The Frisch School, NJ
Westbury Christian, TX
West Morris HS, NJ
Aberdeen HS, MD
Col. Zadok Magruder HS, MD
Northerwestern HS, MD
Towson HS, MD
Winston Churchhill HS, MD
Dougherty HS, CA
Modesto HS, CA
Tracy HS, CA
Waipahu HS, HI
Old Bridge HS, NJ
Biotechnology Career Academy, MD
Gilman HS, MD
Granada HS, CA
The Lawrenceville School, NJ
The Peddie School, NJ
Middlesex County Academy of 
Academy of Enrichment and Advancement, NJ 
Holmdel HS, NJ
Robbinsville HS, NJ
Union City HS, NJ
The Pennington School, NJ
Cristo Rey Jesuit School, MD
Pikesvill HS, MD
New Town HS, MD
The Hun School, NJ