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PRISM Outreach Program

Promoting Inner-City Youth in Science and Medicine (PRISM) looks to encourage inner-city youth to explore science and medicine career opportunities through mentor-guided, interactive educational opportunities and activities.

Started by Northwestern University Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) students and maintained through our collaboration with the Northwestern University Science Club and the Pedersen-McCormick Boys & Girls Club, the PRISM curriculum is structured around the clinical case. The students interview "patients" with a specific disease and then conduct hands-on activities and experiments to better understand disease development.

In addition to these activities, PRISM invites a variety of professionals from medical and scientific careers to interact with students and guide and encourage them to pursue science careers. Students also have opportunities to participate in field trips to labs and hospitals. Learn more about PRISM and how to get involved via the links below.

Get Involved with PRISM

PRISM mentors are students in the Northwestern University Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) and are committed to working with high school students to share an enthusiasm for careers in science and medicine. Mentors and students work in small groups that remain consistent for an academic year, enabling the formation of long-term mentoring relationships.

Sessions are held every other Tuesday (approximately three hours of time per session), and we expect our mentors to be present for every session. If you are a student in the MSTP and would like to become a mentor, please contact MSTP student leaders at