Student Outreach Initiatives
Gladstone believes local youth should be able to grow up to play a key role in the biomedical revolution that is happening right now in the San Francisco Bay Area. So we’ve spearheaded numerous programs to engage San Francisco students—especially those who are underrepresented in the sciences—in the game-changing research happening at Gladstone.
Gladstone NSLC Scholars
Gladstone awards 12 scholarships to San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) high school students to attend the National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC) at UC Berkeley for free. Health Science Academy teachers at Galileo Academy, Phillip & Sala Burton and Raoul Wallenberg are responsible for identifying students for this scholarship at each of their school sites. This 10-day conference gives students a peak into the world of science, medicine and healthcare. Gladstone also invites all NSLC students to visit our facilities each summer, where they participate in a series of scientific lectures on hot medical topics.
Gladstone Summer Scholars Internship Program
In 2008 we created the Gladstone Summer Scholars internship program (GSS) to increase the number of diverse students who pursue undergraduate and graduate science degrees—and to expose them to cutting-edge biomedical research. This 9-week paid internship partners each student with a scientific mentor and culminates with the student presenting his or her work, hypothesis and findings to the scientific community at Gladstone. The GSS program is available to 6 rising seniors from SFUSD public high schools, an emphasis is placed on identifying students from low-income backgrounds and those from groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences (i.e., African-American, Hispanic, Native Pacific Islander, or Native American students).
Gladstone Science Squad
Throughout the school year, 40 Gladstone scientists reach nearly 1,200 students in SFUSD high school science classrooms. During these visits—which take place three times a year—Gladstone scientists give interactive lectures and hands-on demonstrations that showcase biomedical research on three topics: HIV/AIDS, the brain and stem cells.
Education and Community Partnerships Manager