Sample Activities

New York City:

▪  Community Biotech Classes
▪   Biotech “Blitz” NYC tour
▪   NYC Summer Activities - Events, Museums and more


▪   Biotech startup visits
▪   Seoul cultural experience and tours


▪  March 10th (regular deadline). Rolling admission after that date until all spaces filled.


▪  Open to female students entering 9th grade through students entering college
▪  Must be in academically good standing
▪  Recommendation from student’s science teacher
▪  Application with a student statement


Miss Porter’s School Biotechnology Summer 2019

An immersive, one-of-a-kind summer experience for high school girls in biotechnology

From New York City to Seoul, this unique, three-week Biotech program is designed to provide high school students with an inspiring, hands-on experience in the booming biotechnology industry. The program’s focus is for students to gain maximum exposure to this emerging, growing field that lies at the intersection of science, entrepreneurship, ethics, and law.
Students will be exposed to a wide range of eye-opening experiences with an agenda comprised of the following: interactive project-based activities; lectures and training from industry professionals and university professors; site visits to technology labs and companies; and design, production and research activities. These activities will culminate in a final group project in which students will design and develop solutions to address problems in health and medicine.
Flexible program options allow participants to customize their experience - New York, Seoul or both cities.


MPS Biotechnology in the Big Apple

Part I: Introduction to Biotechnology
Location: New York City at Columbia University
Dates: June 2-9, 2019
Cost: $2,750 (includes room & board); $1,950 for commuters
New York City has committed $500 million dollars to build a biotech hub that will rival those found in Boston and San Francisco. The city’s plan earmarks $100 million for a life science campus that will anchor the New York biotech community. The intersection of technology, engineering and entrepeneurship are all at the heart of this biotech revolution.
For a week this summer, MPS Biotechnology in the Big Apple will bring girls to the epicenter of New York’s biotechnology ecosystem. In this immersive experience, students will gain exposure to this exciting field as they learn from and visit with biotech companies and leading scientists. With 40+ hours of instruction – guest lecturers and panels, hands-on labs and projects, site visits to biotech companies and incubators – students will gain broad exposure to the field of biotechnology through direct contact with the leaders in the field – an opportunity that goes far beyond what could be gained in a traditional campus-based, semester course.

MPS in the Biotechnology hub of Asia

Part II: Biotech Immersion in Seoul
Location: Seoul, Korea
Dates: June 10-21, 2019
Cost: $5,750 (includes flight, room & board)
Coming up with affordable health care solutions in the world's most populous region presents an enormous challenge, but consequently provides enormous opportunities for innovation and business. Korea, as one of the most innovative countries in the region, is at the epicenter of this challenge and has been investing heavily in “next-gen technologies” including AI and bio-pharmaceuticals, including a $22B investment by Samsung announced in August 2018.
Over the course of two weeks in Korea, students will immerse themselves in cutting edge biotech industries through workshops at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST, known as the “MIT of the East”) Brain and Bio-Engineering program and hands-on internships and research projects at biotech startups and incubators. Students would get to select one of two tracks for this program: internship at a biotech Venture Capital firm to assist in selecting biotech firms for investment OR participation in research at biotech funded startup companies.

Certificate of Completion

A certificate of completion will be provided at the end of the three-week course. Miss Porter’s School students will receive a full course credit in biotechnology and also fulfill an elective requirement towards completing a strand (Technology, Innovation or Entrepreneurship) or one-credit afternoon activity in the TIE certificate program.

Meet the Faculty

    • Biotechnology Summer Program 2019
      Mr. Sam Ahn, Program Director

      Ed.D. Candidate in Technology and Education, Columbia University M.A. & M.Ed. in Technology and Education, Columbia University Director, Institute for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Miss Porter’s School. Mr. Ahn is an educator, designer, and entrepreneur. He has successfully guided hundreds of students in matriculating to top colleges and universities. He is an expert in education and has years of experience with startups. Additionally, he is personally involved in Biotech investments.

    • Biotechnology Summer Program 2019
      Ms. Lesley D. Skenderian, Biotech Faculty

      M.S. in Science Education, University of St. Joseph B.S. Business Management, University of South Florida Science teacher, Director of Domestic InterMission, Miss Porter’s School. Ms. Skenderian is an accomplished educator and school leader who has ignited a passion for science in high school students and especially, girls. She is an ardent proponent of bringing biotechnology applications into the classroom and enjoys learning alongside her students.

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