Students on the Forefront

The Students on the Forefront of Science Program is an initiative developed by the Science Department at Brooks School. The goal of the program is to provide rising sixth-formers (between junior and senior year) with innovative experiences that will expose them to research, technology, and advanced studies in the sciences. It is our strong belief that a hands-on research opportunity in a lab or field setting will best encourage students to continue in the field of science. Recipients, selected through a competitive application process, participate in this summer undertaking provided by the Students on the Forefront of Science program.

Read about one student's hands-on experience interning at Tufts Medical Center 

The science department takes pride in the accomplishments and passion displayed by these young men and women. By allowing students to see scientific disciplines in a different context outside of the classroom —setting, they return with a thorough grasp of the material and a mature sense of purpose in the lab. The program owes much of its success to the commitment and support provided by individuals at each host institution, who offer the necessary supervision on a daily basis. Many of these researchers and professionals maintain ties to Brooks, being alumni or parents themselves.


Last summer, Brooks School students participated in internships at New England Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Quebec Labrador Foundation and Apple Computer.

See the 2019 Program Overview

The internship at Tufts Medical Center partnered Claire McCabe '18 with Dr. Charles Cassidy. Dr. Cassidy is a Brooks alum who is board certified in Orthopedic Surgery and specializes in hand, elbow and upper extremity surgery, upper and lower extremity trauma reconstruction and management of acute skeletal trauma. McCabe spent four weeks shadowing Dr. Cassidy.

The biology and immunotherapy I learned during my internship reminded me of the work I do at Brooks, but my internship allowed me to look beyond the classroom and experience what it is like to be in the field professionally. They don't teach you how tiring it is to be in surgery for 10+ hours at a time, or how long and how much precision it takes to develop a single microscope slide in school!

Isabella O'Shea '18 on interning at Massachusetts General Hospital

Madsion Dunn, Diane Lee, and Isabella O'Shea, all class of 2018, worked with researchers and clinicians in the Perioperative Medicine division at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). These internships are research-based internships that also include a day per week observing surgery. "Everyone in the lab was willing to share their expertise on a whole range of subjects, and the amount of new information that I was exposed to was incredible," Lee shared. "I saw the theoretics that I learned in Bio class coming to life in front of me!"

These internships are graciously offered with the help of Dr. Peter Dunn, Brooks School alum, who is the Executive Medical Director of Perioperative Administration at MGH.



Jameson Lehrer '18 spent four weeks in New Brunswick, Canada working on marine bird conservation research in association with the Quebec Labrador Foundation (QLF). These internships are graciously offered through the help of Larry Morris, former Brooks School parent and current QLF President and Beth Ailing, QLF Executive Vice President.

Melany Blanco '18 spent her summer working in the Psychiatric Neuroimaging Lab at Brigham Women’s Hospital looking at brain MRIs from normal and schizophrenic patients.

We also sent four students to Apple Computer in Cupertino, California. These students worked alongside engineers on a number of different projects. As part of the program, students were housed on a local college campus.

Want to learn more about the program? Contact program director Dr. Mary Jo Carabatsos.

I've been asked if I'm in med. school about six times. It's fun to respond with, 'Nope, I'm actually in high school.'

2018 intern Charlotte Marks '19