“My mom had an episode with a brain injury,” she recalled. “I had no idea what was happening but she had brain surgeries that saved her life. I was inspired by the doctors and the nurses that took care of her.”
Our lauded biomedical sciences program packs 6.5 years of science into just four years of intensive college-preparatory study. Designed for students who want to pursue a career in the biomedical sciences, it opens the doors for a way of learning that is project based and empowering regardless of the student’s post-high school career path. This intensive program is a combination of SJND courses partnered with Project Lead the Way’s transformative learning experiences.
Throughout their coursework, students get the opportunity to examine real world problems in a truly hands-on approach to learning. During their fourth year in the biomedical sciences program high school students are required to complete an internship or job shadowing in a company within the biomed, engineering, medical, or health sciences sectors.
Emily Stehr, SJND '17 and Dartmouth College '21 valedictorian, talks about her passion for the outdoors, education, and equity.
Mary Carmen Reid, '17, was a member of the first cohort in the SJND biomedical program. Four years after graduating, she's headed to Johns Hopkins.
Rachel Hungerford, '17, shares how the SJND biomedical program gave her the confidence to pursue two degrees at UCSD.
The demand for jobs in the biomedical sectors is projected to increase in the next decade. An educational focus in the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) realm helps insure a strong foundation for our students’ futures regardless of the careers they end up pursuing. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Scientific Management Review Board, “NIH pre-college STEM activities need a rejuvenated, integrated focus on biomedical workforce preparedness, with special considerations for underrepresented minorities.”
Where do graduates of the biomedical sciences program end up? Simply put, wherever they want! This intensive program opens the doors for the university or career of their choice.
What even is biomedical science? We break that down and go into what you'll learn in a biomedical high school class!
“I loved biomed; I loved the learning structure of it and the independence and being in the cohort was a blast.” -Emily Stehr SJND ‘17 & Dartmouth College ‘21 valedictorian
"The biomedical program was presented as a very hands-on learning experience. I love that!" - Rachel Hungerford SJND '17 & UC San Diego '21 double major
"This [biomed program] is a fun way to really explore whether or not you like science and whether or not a certain subject really interests you and you're able to explore that on your own."
- Rebecca Rochlin SJND '17 & UC Berkeley '21 molecular and cell biology major