Teen Science Ambassador Program

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The Teen Science Ambassador program is an internship offered by the Youth Collaborative for individuals from groups that are underrepresented in STEM and have a passion for science. Ambassadors will join our team for weekly meetings at the Medical University of South Carolina, located downtown Charleston.

We will cover topics such as clinical research, developmental neuroscience, addiction science, résumé building, and professional development during our meetings. Each ambassador will also prepare and present a research exploration project.

We will provide our Ambassadors with dinner, travel assistance, and compensation.

Apply before 12/1 to be considered for our Spring 2022 cohort.

SEPA: Science Education Partnership Award

The Teen Science Ambassador Program is possible through the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Program Dates

  • February 12th- April 26th
  • Meeting Days- Tuesdays
  • Meeting times- 4:00pm- 6:00pm (dinner provided)


 Ambassadors must be:

  • At least 16 years old
  • A 10th or 11th-grade student in Charleston County
  • Interested in learning more about substance research and related careers
  • An individual from at least one of the groups that are underrepresented in STEM: 
    • An individual from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group
    • Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders
    • American Indians
    • Blacks or African Americans
    • Hispanics or Latinos
    • An individual with disabilities
    • An individual impacted by socioeconomic disparities

Meet the Team

Lindsay Squeglia 

Lindsay Squeglia, Ph.D

Principal Investigator

Renee Rountree, Community Outreach Coordinator 

Ren Rountree

Program Coordinator

Rodrick Bellamy is an undergraduate research assistant in the Squeglia Lab. 

Rodrick Bellamy, M.Ed

Curriculum Advisor

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Cori Herring

Administrative Coordinator