Bank of America Gift Funds Summer Internships for Florida
Teachers at Scripps La Jolla
Bank of America, Palm Beach County has donated $15,000 to
support two secondary school science teachers from Palm Beach
County, Florida, at an eight-week summer internship program
at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California.
Each teacher intern will conduct basic biomedical research
in a laboratory under the supervision of a Scripps Research
scientist as part of the 2004 Bank of America Summer Internship
Program for Teachers, made possible overall by the generous
support of Bank of America, San Diego.
The 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 throughout the
course of the summer, and will present their work at a final
program attended by faculty, family, friends, donors and school
The $15,000 gift from Bank of America, Palm Beach County
will cover travel and housing expenses, in addition to a stipend
for each Palm Beach County science teacher. The Scripps Research
Institute is in the process of establishing new operations
in Palm Beach County, which will likely include a summer internship
program for secondary school teachers and students beginning
"Bank of America, Palm Beach County is delighted to join
our corporation's efforts in California to provide this very
worthwhile experience to two outstanding science teachers
from our community," said Victoria M. Rixon, Bank of America
president for Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. "This
gift is a continuation of Bank of America's strong commitment
to quality public education in our region."
"Bank of America, Palm Beach County's generosity is the
springboard for our educational outreach efforts in Florida,"
says Scripps Research President Richard A. Lerner. "The institute
has long been committed to using its intellectual and material
resources to train the next generation of scientists and to
perpetuate scientific knowledge."
The goal of the teacher program is to expose educators to
current laboratory techniques and procedures, provide information
on a variety of contemporary issues in basic biomedical research,
create ties and linkages to working scientists who can assist
them in curriculum development, and create opportunities for
teachers to share information and knowledge with their peers.
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.
This year, Palm Beach County teachers selected for the program
will join six San Diego science teachers, six undergraduates,
and approximately 25 local high school students as they become
members of working labs on the Scripps Research campus overlooking
the Pacific Ocean.
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institute has long been committed to using its intellectual
and material resources to train the next generation of scientists
and to perpetuate scientific knowledge."
Research President Richard Lerner