The Forum each year sends an invitation and application to more than 50 principals and teachers of advanced placement biology and chemistry classes in San Antonio and the surrounding areas to tour the internationally renowned facilities of the Texas Biomedical Research Institute. The tour provides high school students the unique opportunity to view one of the country’s leading biomedical research centers — where groundbreaking advancements are positively impacting the scientific and medical communities worldwide.
Eight tour dates are available on a first come, first served basis. Dates for the 2017-2018 school year are listed below, along with additional information and application form. Tours are scheduled from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and are limited to 35 participants. Additional participants may be accommodated, pending availability.
2017-2018 Tour Dates
- September 13
- September 21
- October 5
- October 19
- January 17
- January 31
- February 21
- February 28
Location: Texas Biomedical Research Institute
7620 Northwest Loop 410
San Antonio, Texas 78227
Following a warm welcome by Institute staff and Forum representatives, the students are treated to a video presentation offering an overview of the Institute, a peek into its research laboratories, and interviews with Texas Biomed scientists about their life-saving work on hepatitis C, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, lung disease in premature infants and other health problems that plague our world.
After the video, students will be guided around the Texas Biomed campus during which time they will pass by the AT&T Genomics Computing Center devoted to statistical genetic analysis, as well as the nation’s only seventh-generation, pedigreed baboon colony and other nonhuman primates that are helping scientists better understand human health and disease.
A highlight of the tour is a presentation by a Texas Biomed scientist about his or her ongoing research projects. Students not only learn more about a particular disease and the innovative ways local researchers are trying to defeat it, but they can also ask the scientists why and how they began their careers and what the daily work of a scientist is like.
These student tours are a fantastic opportunity for area high school students that might even foster in them a desire to explore a career in science.