BU SummerLab program on AWHS campus

BRAINTREE, MA, ISSUED August 2, 2012…Archbishop Williams High School hosted Boston University’s "CityLab SummerLab," a collegiate level academic enrichment program this summer.

Boston University’s School of Medicine’s CityLab sponsors the week-long program, which provides an opportunity for students to learn and apply biotechnology techniques and concepts in an interactive, hands-on environment. The program took place in Archbishop Williams High School’s state-of- the-art science laboratories.

Students from Archbishop Williams High School and high schools throughout the South Shore who participate assumed the role of researchers in a biotechnology company and worked cooperatively to choose and perform laboratory-based biotechnological investigations. High school students entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school as well as rising college freshmen participated. 

Archbishop Williams High School Assistant Principal Jane Funderburk and Ray Whitehouse, Science Department Chair and biology teacher, have been instrumental in encouraging students to apply for the SummerLab program.

Students from Archbishop Williams have participated in CityLab programs since 2009. “To be associated with Boston University’s Medical School at this level is an honor,” remarked Dr. Carmen Mariano, Principal of Archbishop Williams High School. “Our school and our students spent the week hosting one of the finest nationally recognized hands-on science programs in the country”.

“Participating in CityLab provides students a taste for what true scientific and medical research is all about," said Mrs. Funderburk. "Working in teams with students from other schools, students learn to collaborate as they explore biotechnical problems using a hands-on, laboratory based, inquiry approach to research in a state-of-the-art facility.  While employing the scientific method, they sharpen their skills in forming hypotheses, following procedure, recording and analyzing data, repeating tests as needed, practicing good laboratory technique and using proper health and safety precautions under the guidance and direction of the CityLab team of experts; this is science at its best."