Scientific Research & World Health

This highly selective, college-level academic experience offers hands-on laboratory research in the emerging biotechnologies, scientific literacy and global health. Students learn how scientific principles are utilized to understand and cure disease. Located at the University at Albany’s Health Sciences Campus in Rensselaer, students experience health-focused research efforts thru hands-on research in our own biotechnology laboratory. Students can earn 18 college credits from SUNY, Russell Sage College and Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. View the program flyer.

For High School Seniors Only

The program integrates rigorous academics with hands-on experiences. You will observe, interact with and learn from research professionals and public health practitioners. It is a demanding curriculum taught in a supportive environment where students are encouraged to identify what they are truly motivated to learn about and to use this to help them move forward in the world and pursue their future careers. 

Students will:

  • Learn from scientists and public health professionals in a fully integrated, hands-on learning environment
  • Develop strong habits of the professional scientific mind
  • Ask their own research questions and explore problems in health and biomedicine with professional scientists
  • Develop skills to succeed in undergraduate and graduate programs


Potential career options:

  • Medicine or healthcare
  • Pharmacy
  • Biomedical Research
  • Veterinary Sciences
  • Neuroscience
  • Genomics
  • Environmental Studies
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Epidemiology 
  • Public Health
  • Microbiology


Additional rotation locations off campus include:

  • New York State Department of Health
  • New York State Museum
  • Albany Medical Center
  • Albany County Department of Health
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Wadsworth Research Center
  • Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission


High School Credits:

  • Participation in Government – ½ credit
  • Economics – ½ credit
  • English 12 Honors (Examining Issues in Science and Health through Literature) – 1 credit
  • Biotechnology – 1 credit
  • Contemporary Biology – 1 credit
  • Introduction to Public Health – ½ credit
  • Microbes and Me – ½ credit

PLEASE NOTE: Additional high school credits in Physical Education (1/2 credit) and Health (1/2 credit) may be available upon district request and approval.


College Credits:

  • ACAS100: Topics in Contemporary Biology – 3 credits (SUNY)
  • HSPH 201: Introduction to Public Health – 3 credits (SUNY)
  • ENG148: Examining Issues in Science and Health through Literature – 3 credits (Russell Sage)
  • BIO111: Research Methods in Biotechnology – 6 credits (Russell Sage) 
  • BIO105: Microbes and Me – 3 credits (Albany College of Pharmacy) 


Contact Information

Tara Tolan
CTE Coordinator

James Niedermeier
Associate Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability

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