Haley Bridger '07 Selected for Prestigious Jackson Laboratory Summer Student Program

Story posted June 09, 2006

Bowdoin College senior Haley Bridger will have the opportunity to meet world-class science journalists, scientific researchers, and aspiring scientists this summer through the Summer Student Program at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. Bridger, a biology major and government and legal studies minor from Hamilton, Mass., was selected from a pool of almost 400 applicants to take part in the program for qualified undergraduates and high school students.

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Haley Bridger '07 will work as a science writer at The Jackson Laboratory through the Summer Student Program.

Over the next 10 weeks Bridger will be working as a science writer in the Public Information Office of the Laboratory under the guidance of Joyce Peterson. She will work with experienced writers, learning how to convey complex research findings to the general public. Additionally, Bridger will attend Press Week, during which journalists from publications such as The New York Times and Scientific American come to the Laboratory to hear scientists discuss their research.

Bridger will also interview and interact with peers in the Summer Student Program who will be conducting laboratory research. Bridger will share meals with these students and live with them at Highseas, a Jackson Laboratory-owned residence overlooking Frenchman Bay.

"I'm looking forward to interacting with researchers and science students, and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to write and gain journalistic experience," said Bridger.

For 82 years, the Summer Student Program at The Jackson Laboratory has given high school and college students the chance to conduct biological research and develop laboratory skills and has offered its science writing internship for the last two years. Eighty percent of the program's more than 2,200 alumni have gone on to careers in medicine or biomedical research.

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"Even science writing students take Biomethods training," explains Bridger. The required session teaches students proper mice handling and surgical techniques.

The Summer Student Program also boasts two Nobel Prize-winning alumni, Drs. David Baltimore and Howard Temin, who shared the 1975 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

The nonprofit Jackson Laboratory, with a research staff of more than 450, investigates the genetic basis of cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's disease, glaucoma, diabetes, and many other human diseases and disorders as well as normal mammalian development and aging. The Laboratory is also the world's source for nearly 3,000 strains of genetically defined mice, home of the Mouse Genome Database and many other publicly available information resources, and an international hub for scientific courses, conferences, training and education.

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