Use the hyperlinks below to access the facilities of the Waksman Student Scholars Program. 

13/14 Research Project

12/13 Research Project

Previous Research Projects

The Waksman Challenge


Games and Programs

Waksman Tutorials

Internet Resources

On-line Textbook

Alumni Survey

Upward Bound


Our Purpose
Faculty at Rutgers University, Johns Hopkins University, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are working with high school teachers to encourage their students to participate in genuine molecular biology research in the classroom. A video of an overview of the WSSP can be found here.


3/2/14 100 more sequences have been published on NCBI!  Connect to the  Published DNA Sequences link in the 13/14 Research Project to see the list of clones that have been posted.  Thank you John Brick for reviewing and submitting all of the sequences!

2/12/14 ALL of the DNA sequences analyzed over the 2011, 2012, and 2013 academic years are now published on NCBI!! Connect to the Published DNA Sequences link in each year of the Research Project to see the list of clones that have been posted.  Thank you John Brick for reviewing and submitting all of the sequences!

6/25/13 Welcome to the start of the 2013-2014 WSSP! This summer we will be conducting  Institutes for teachers and students at Rutgers University, NJ, Johns Hopkins University, MD and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, CA.  To begin the program please register on the 2013-2014 DSAP site. 

6/8/13 We have changed the usernames and passwords for students and teachers to download files posted on this site.  Please use your DSAP-13 Username and Password to download all WSSP lecture, lab notes, and video files posted on this site!!!   

6/24/13 WSSP has a Facebook Page! If you are a current or former student in the WSSP, please friend us on Facebook at WSSP Waksman-Scholars.

6/5/13 Several schools created physical models of proteins that are homologous to the Artemia protein coded by the genes they identified. See the SMART Protein Structure Modeling link for more information and pictures on the structures that were made for the 2010, 2011, and 2012 Poster Forums. We thank Tim Herman, Margaret Franzen, and Mark Hoelzer from the Milwaukee School of Engineering Center for Biomolecular Modeling for creating the models with the scripts generated by the students.

9/27/10 We have posted a WSSP alumni survey. Please tell us a little bit about what you have been up to! Click here to take survey

3/6/09 WGBH has made a video of the WSSP HiGene project! To see the video connect here!

Our Support
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. 1031158, 0733255, and 0737574. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of GE Healthcare. GE Healthcare has proudly supported the Waksman Scholars Program since 1998. Their involvement includes providing funds for student scholarships, supplying laboratory reagents and equipment, making their facilities available for the Waksman Forum, and, most importantly, donating the time of their scientists and staff.

We also would like to acknowledge the Toshiba America Foundation, the Johnson & Johonson Foundation, and the Merck Foundation for their support for the Biology Equipment Lending Libraries to enable students to conduct the WSSP research program at their schools during the academic year. 

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