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No Boring Summer Vacation Here! Three Palm Beach County Teachers Selected for Scripps Florida Research Internships

JUPITER, FL, April 22, 2008—Three high school science teachers from Palm Beach County schools will start their six week summer internships on June 16 in the research laboratories of Scripps Florida in Jupiter.

Palm Beach County science teachers Retha Prescod from Atlantic Community High School, Karensa Wright from Seminole Ridge Community High School, and Meghan Cok from Boca Raton Community High School will be able to use the laboratory experience as a springboard to create opportunities in discovery-based learning for their students, affect change in their classrooms, and serve as a resource for other educators.

"We have a very intensive program designed for our science teachers this summer," said Deborah Leach-Scampavia, Scripps Florida's Education and Outreach Administrator. "They will be joined by 11 high school student interns from throughout the County. We'll be announcing those internships very soon."

This year, students and teachers will come from 12 district high schools in Palm Beach County and will participate in basic research efforts in cancer biology, molecular therapeutics, chemistry, neurosciences, bioinformatics, virology, and high throughput screening. 

Sponsored by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, the education outreach program continues to grow each year.  In the summer of 2005, four interns graduated from Scripps Florida.  For 2008, the research internships were awarded on a competitive basis to 14 participants from a highly talented pool of 90 applicants.  For both students and teachers, the program will emphasize the scientific process, research planning, in-laboratory experience, experimental design, data analysis, and interaction with Scripps Florida researchers. Participants, who are matched with a Scripps Florida mentor, are also exposed to various science-related career choices and academic opportunities in the sciences at colleges and universities.

This remarkable opportunity to work with world-class scientists at one of the nation's top nonprofit independent biomedical research institutes is only one of several education programs offered by Scripps Florida.  For more information about the Scripps Florida Education Outreach Programs, please visit or contact Deborah Leach-Scampavia, Education Administrator, at

About The Scripps Research Institute

The Scripps Research Institute is one of the world's largest independent, non-profit biomedical research organizations, at the forefront of basic biomedical science that seeks to comprehend the most fundamental processes of life. Scripps Research is internationally recognized for its discoveries in immunology, molecular and cellular biology, chemistry, neurosciences, autoimmune, cardiovascular, and infectious diseases, and synthetic vaccine development. Established in its current configuration in 1961, it employs approximately 3,000 scientists, postdoctoral fellows, scientific and other technicians, doctoral degree graduate students, and administrative and technical support personnel. Scripps Research is headquartered in La Jolla, California. It also includes Scripps Florida, whose researchers focus on basic biomedical science, drug discovery, and technology development. Currently operating from temporary facilities in Jupiter, Scripps Florida will move to its permanent campus in 2009.

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