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AMR Pre-College Program

Set to launch in Summer 2023, the Lab Science Investigations course on Antimicrobial Resistance will give high schoolers lab-based experiences and a chance to contribute to a research project focusing on AMR. Interested learners can apply via the Tufts University College web site.

Lab Science Investigations

From Tufts University College: In the Tufts Lab Science Investigations: Antimicrobial Resistance, you will become a researcher working to understand the challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and antibiotic stewardship. Just imagine a world with no antibiotics! AMR claimed 1.27 million human lives in 2019. If trends continue, drug-resistant diseases could cause 10 million deaths annually by 2050, surpassing diabetes, heart disease, and cancer as a leading cause of human death.

As a student researcher in Lab Science Investigations: Antimicrobial Resistance, you will have a uniquely immersive experience with the One Health approach that recognizes that the health of people is closely connected to the health of animals and our shared environment. In the case of AMR, excessive use of antibiotics in agriculture, animals, and people, all contribute to this problem.. To address this, as part of the STEM Research Institute, you will hear perspectives from experts in many fields and you will work with laboratory research techniques used by engineers, social scientists, biomedical scientists, veterinarians, physicians, drug developers, epidemiologists, healthcare policy experts, and environmental scientists, who work together at the Tufts Levy Center for Integrated Management of Antimicrobial Resistance (CIMAR).

Program Format

Seminar Series: Students will learn the content background required to understand the challenges of AMR. This will include lectures featuring faculty from numerous schools (Medical, Vet, Dental, Engineering, and Arts and Sciences) who are members of CIMAR.

Lab Explorations: Students will perform labs that incorporate a range of techniques, including microbiology plating, pipetting, serial dilution, PCR, microscopy, and more. Several sessions will involve a commute to Boston to use and experience the state-of-the-art science facilities at the Tufts medical campus.

Capstone Project: Students will apply their knowledge to conduct independent research and become effective communicators about important aspects of AMR. The Capstone experience will empower them to bring their knowledge and skills back to their communities.

Closing Ceremony: Parents and/or guardians will be invited to attend the Closing Ceremony. The Ceremony will occur on the last day of the program, and will conclude by 2pm. Exact details and invitations will be forthcoming

For more information including application details, please visit the course page.