Rutgers University–Camden Professor Gives South Jersey High School Students Research Experience through the Army Educational Outreach Program

Jinglin Fu

Jinglin Fu

By Jeanne Leong

South Jersey high school students will have an opportunity to conduct cutting-edge science research this summer, thanks to a partnership between the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) and Rutgers University–Camden.

Cherry Hill resident Jinglin Fu, an assistant professor of chemistry at Rutgers–Camden, first offered the program in 2015. He continues to run the intensive research program, which allows southern New Jersey junior and senior high school students to spend up to 10 weeks in Rutgers–Camden chemistry labs doing DNA and RNA research.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for students to gain interdisciplinary research experience and lay the foundation to develop their interests and skills for future participation in scientific research,” says Fu.

The High School Apprenticeship Program, sponsored by AEOP, aims to advance education and literacy in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and math. It provides high school students with collaborative opportunities that engage them in real world STEM experiences.

Another AEOP initiative, the Research and Engineering Apprenticeship Program, offers experience to students in historically underserved in science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

Fu and David Salas-de la Cruz, an assistant professor of chemistry, are currently mentoring students in the programs from LEAP Academy Charter School at Camden, Moorestown High School, and Eastern Regional High School.

Rutgers University–Camden is among a select few universities in the United States and Puerto Rico chosen to host students in the program. In addition to the experience of conducting research, each of the interns receive a stipend for working in the Rutgers–Camden research labs.

Fu earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from Arizona State University in 2010. He previously attended Zhejiang University in China, where he earned a master in analytical chemistry in 2006 and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 2003.

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