Young scientists program

(From left) Derecka Travis, a student at Soldan International Studies High School, plates bacteria on Petri dishes that contain the antibiotic ampicillin, with Zac Cusumano, a third-year graduate student in the Division of Biology and Biological Sciences, and Kenneth Stockard, a student at Vashon High School. Travis and Stockard are participating in this year’s Young Scientist Program, designed to attract high school students primarily from disadvantaged backgrounds into scientific careers. The program recently received a $700,000, five-year grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to continue stimulating interest in science.