The Questar III BOCES New Visions: Scientific Research & World Health program is a selective, college-level integrated educational experience offered to academically advanced high school seniors in the Capital District. The program involves hands-on laboratory research in the emerging biotechnologies, scientific literacy, and global health.Students in the program are interested in careers in the biological sciences, including medicine, healthcare, biotechnology, pharmacy,biomedical research, genetics, forensics, biomedical engineering,environmental science, toxicology, biophysics, infectious and chronic disease, and nanobiotechnology.

Students earn 15 college credits in the health and biological sciences,conduct self-directed laboratory investigations, and experience motivating conversations and lectures with renowned scientists and other professionals. The students engage in offsite work-based experiences during an assigned senior mentorship. This involves working or shadowing in a clinical or laboratory setting in the spring semester for a minimum of 20 hours.

Students work with multiple people and career and technical organizations throughout the year, including the National Honor Society, Brain Bee event, and professional mentors, as well as presenting with the BRIDGE program and attending the High School Scholars Day at Loyola University with Dr. Attul Laddu, Director of the Georgia Thrombosis Foundation. This program has been the Rensselaer Chapter of Society for Neuroscience’s Annual Brain Bee winner each year.