Secondary Students

Are you a high school student with an interest in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or medicine and are motivated to develop skills in a hands-on learning environment mentored by health researchers?

The Experiential Learning Program at Children's Health Research Institute provides hands-on experience in a real lab. With experiential learning, you may have the chance to ‘test-drive’ a career in research to see if it is a good fit for you. You may also develop other skills, such as teamwork, leadership, and communication. Experiential learning can complement your high school studies with rewarding experience as you build your resume and job search for the future.

Experiential learning can provide you with:

  • hands-on learning in a real research lab
  • research and problem-solving opportunities
  • the chance to explore your career goals and learn from real researchers who work in child research
  • practical employment experience that employers look for when hiring
  • increased responsibility for your own learning
  • an understanding of what it means to know science
  • a more rewarding high school experience

Top 10 Jobs in Science

Careers in science demand large amounts of education, and some require extensive research just to qualify for a position. For most jobs you need at least a bachelor's degree, and an increasing number are asking for a master's or a doctorate. Here are the top 10 jobs in science (based on the projected job growth) as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

1. Environmental scientists research issues relating to natural resources, plants, animals and humans. They use their findings to spread awareness about pollution and how it can be prevented

2. Hydrologists study bodies of water and rainfall throughout the world. Their research helps other scientists, governments and businesses understand what pollutants are affecting the water supply.

3. Geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) study the characteristics of the Earth in an attempt to understand its origins and how it has evolved.

4. Medical scientists (not including epidemiologists) study human health and diseases in order to develop treatments and discover preventative measures.

5. Biochemists and Biophysicists study how chemistry and physics affect living organisms, respectively.

6. Atmospheric scientists monitor the behavior of the Earth's atmosphere in order to understand its role in the environment. Their work is gaining more visibility as they learn more about global warming, which has become a media and political focal point.

7. Materials scientists attempt to learn about the composition of natural and synthetic materials in order to enhance them or develop new ones. These materials, such as metals or plastic, can be found in everyday items or in large structures.

8. Physicists study the properties of matter and motion. This includes researching the universe's origin or developing new scientific tools, depending on their specialization.

9. Astronomers study the characteristics and behavior of the sun, stars, galaxies and planets of the universe.

10. Biological scientists observe and study all forms of life, from microscopic organisms to humans, in order to better understand how these organisms develop and interact with their surroundings.