Student Tour

Student tour

Local high school students tour Texas Biomed.

Each year the Forum 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. Clearly, this is a unique opportunity (and an honor) for area high school seniors, only eight tour dates are available (on a first-come first-served basis). Moreover, the tour of San Antonio’s biomedical research jewel exposes these bright young students to the exciting possibilities of a career in science.

Tour Dates

2014 -2015 Tours
September 16, 2014
September 23, 2014
September 30, 2014
October 7, 2014
January 27, 2015
February 3, 2015
February 10, 2015
February 17, 2015

Tours are scheduled on Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. They are limited to a total of 35 participants.

Tour Details

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, Institute staff and Forum volunteers guide the students around the Texas Biomed campus, where 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. Then, students will have the opportunity to visit the Biosafety Level 4 Laboratory suit room.  The suit room is the entry and exit containment room for researchers studying the most pathogenic diseases that have  no known treatment or vaccines such as Ebola, Lassa, Dengue Fever, and SARS.

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.

Truly, the student tours are a fantastic opportunity for area high school students, and a rewarding experience for Forum volunteers. It is a privilege to tour Texas Biomed and see the positive reactions from students, who are usually full of intelligent questions and have a contagious enthusiasm for science.

2014-2015 Tours Application

If you would like more information, please email or call Christina Mayer (210) 291-6426, Ann Walton (210) 452-8045.