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The 2019 cohort model the personalized lab coats they received following their completion of the Independent Science Research Program. 

Independent Science Research

Packer's Independent Science Research Program is a three-year sequence of study in the physical and life sciences.

During the first year, students in this selective program hone their interests, are matched with a scientist mentor, and learn important skills to prepare them for an internship. They then spend two summers and two school years interning in a professional science laboratory developing and applying research skills. 

Find the complete program description in our Upper School Curriculum Guide. 

Engaging in "Hands-On, Lab-Based Research"

Program Highlights

In the Lab

  • The Independent Science Research Program features an internship in a university research lab for students during the summers after Tenth and Eleventh grades and during their Eleventh and Twelfth Grade school years.  
  • Participants learn the skills necessary to conduct laboratory investigations with increasing independence and responsibility. 

In the Classroom

  • Students work with their peers and their research teacher to hone their skills in reading papers, giving presentations, and peer review. 
  • Research is presented at an end-of-school-year research symposium. 
  • During Junior and Senior years, students have the opportunity to share their research at local, regional, and national science competitions.

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