Scripps Research Selects Two Florida High School Teachers
for Summer Internships in California
The Scripps Research Institute has named two science teachers
from the Palm Beach County School District to participate
in the institute's 2004 Bank of America Summer Internship
Program for Teachers in La Jolla, California.
Scott Morone, who teaches at Atlantic Community High School
in Delray Beach, and Audra Davis, who teaches at Palm Beach
Lakes Community High School in West Palm Beach, will participate
in the program. As interns, they will spend eight weeks conducting
biomedical research alongside Scripps Research's world-class
scientists on the oceanside campus in La Jolla.
The costs of the teachers' travel, housing, and stipends
will be paid for by a gift from Bank of America, Palm Beach
The two Palm Beach County teachers will join five local
San Diego science educators in the Scripps Research internship
program, which runs June 21 through August 13, 2004 and is
generously supported by Bank of America, San Diego, and the
John and Susan Diekman Fellowship.
"We welcome Audra and Scott as the first representatives
of Palm Beach County, Florida, the site of Scripps Research's
recent expansion," said internship program director Jennifer
O'Sullivan. "In future years, we hope to establish an internship
program for the Scripps Florida campus as well, furthering
our mission to improve science teaching in local high schools
and to encourage young people to pursue careers in science."
The greater Summer Research Internship Program at Scripps
Research this year will also include 24 San Diego-area high
school students and six undergraduates from across the country
who will become members of working labs in the Departments
of Cell Biology, Chemistry, Immunology, Molecular Biology,
Scott Morone, 33, of Delray Beach, teaches Honors and International
Baccalaureate Biology and Honors Anatomy and Physiology at
Atlantic, where he has been employed since 1995. Scott has
a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University
in Tempe. He is particularly interested in immunology and
Audra Davis of West Palm Beach has taught at Palm Beach
Lakes for the past six years, after receiving a Bachelor of
Science degree from Alabama A&M University in Normal, a Master
of Arts degree from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa,
and teaching high school math for two years in Alabama. She
hopes to gain hands-on experience in the institute's labs
that she can transfer to the classroom to demonstrate the
relevance of science in her student's lives.
The internship program emphasizes the scientific process,
research planning, bench experience, experimental design,
data analysis and interaction with laboratory personnel. In
addition to their day-to-day responsibilities, summer interns
will attend specially designed programs and field trips, and
will present their work at a final program attended by faculty,
family, friends, donors, and school officials.
As one of the world's leading basic biomedical research
institutions, Scripps Research has provided intensive, hands-on
laboratory experiences to local educators and students for
more than a decade in order to fulfill its commitment to training
the next generation of scientists and perpetuating scientific
knowledge. Scripps Florida, the new facility in Palm Beach
County, is scheduled to host a summer internship program for
secondary school teachers and students beginning in 2005.
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future years, we hope to establish an internship program for
the Scripps Florida campus as well, furthering our mission
to improve science teaching in local high schools and to encourage
young people to pursue careers in science."