Science Day at NIH

Dr. Carla Easter of the National Human Genome Research Institute, one of four panelists,  performs a Zumba move for the audience.

Entering the fields of health care and science can be a challenge for youth from disadvantaged communities. However, participating in academic enrichment programs and connecting with mentoring support can inspire youth to overcome some challenges and help prepare them for biomedical careers.

The annual Science Day at NIH is a collaborative event sponsored by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the Friends of the National Library of Medicine (FNLM), Mentoring in Medicine, Inc. (MIM), and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

Each year, approximately 500 visiting high school and middle school students from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area participate in a day of immersion in science exploration. The goal of the program is to ignite the curiosity and promote enthusiasm in our youth about opportunities in pursuing biomedical and biobehavioral health and science careers. Throughout the day, students engage in hands-on science activities, participate in conversations with invited scientists, and hear from accomplished researchers and leaders at the National Institutes of Health.