The audience consisted of highly motivated students from local high schools in Newark and nearby inner city communities. There were 34 students who attended the Institute in 2007. They were able to reside in a dormitory on campus during the one-week course and thus had the opportunity to experience the college atmosphere. Since the program was fully funded, there was no direct charge to students accepted into the program. Students and their parents/guardians were invited to a reception/lunch on the closing day of the Institute.
It is anticipated that the Institute will raise students’ awareness of the increasing social relevance of ethical dilemmas posed by rapid advances in biotechnology, provide the students with necessary background to understand the main features of these advances, and equip the students to think about how the issues can be approached ethically and rationally.
We expect that the program will encourage future enrollment at the best colleges and universities by the high school students in attendance in this course.