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From High School to Professional Scientist: Developing a Pipeline

(Top Left): 2016 C-PHOM High School Research Program Participants. (Bottom Left): 2016 High School student working in the lab with Grad mentor. (Right): 2016 High School student working in the lab.

With declining numbers of STEM degrees and limited diversity in the STEM workforce, there is a need for expansion of research opportunities for undergraduate and high school students, in particular those from underrepresented groups. To date, 34 students (53% female, 21% URM) have participated in the C-PHOM High School Research Program, an 8-week residential program for incoming HS juniors and seniors.  All of these students have subsequently attended college at top U.S. universities, with 60% now enrolled in UM as science and engineering Majors.