AP Biology Hinton Scholars Program

For 10th, 11th and 12th grade students and their teachers from select Boston Public Schools

Program Description

The Advanced Placement (AP) Biology Hinton Scholars Program is an after-school enrichment program designed to enhance students' understanding of the AP Biology Big Ideas framework. Components include: hands-on inquiry-based AP bio science labs, small group tutoring led by Harvard medical and graduate students, enhancement of students’ scientific communication skills, mastery of digital probeware tools, and access to Harvard lectures, conferences, researchers, and faculty, and career panel discussions in the biomedical sciences.   

Participating Schools



"Doctors are healers…” Hinton NSLC Scholarship Winners Share Insights

Hinton Scholars AP Biology students, Paula Chavez (John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science) and Mehdi Islam (Boston Latin Academy) had a life-changing opportunity to attend the National Student Leadership Conference in Medicine and Health Care during the summer of 2015. Students were chosen based upon their year-long commitment to attending AP Biology tutoring, laboratory and review sessions at Harvard Medical School. Paula and Mehdi specifically cited the program’s impact on their leadership and collaboration skills. These “soft skills” are reinforced by both the Hinton and  NSLC programs and can increase success in college.


Boston Latin Academy students' experience at the iPad Summit

Boston Latin Academy students share their Boston iPad Summit experiences helping teach how digital technologies have changed the Biology lab. Big Ideas in the Digital BioLab immersed 30 teachers in a hands-on exploration of cellular respiration using plants and seeds. (November 12-14, 2014)


Web Links

Hinton wiki published by Harvard Medical School, Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership

AP Biology Video Essentials published by Bozeman Science

Online Biology and Life Science Courses published by Harvard edX

Biology published by Khan Academy

Biology Education published by The Concord Consortium

Interactive Science Application published by PBS NovaLabs

PhET Interactive Simulations published by University of Colorado Boulder

Life Science Resources on PBS Learning Media published by PBS

BioInteractive published by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (hhmi)


"Student Driven instruction in Harvard’s laboratory setting"
by Robert Simpson, Nearpod Blog, March 2015 

"AP Biology Scholars Program: The Best is Yet to Come” 
by Jabbar Bennett, PhD, Mentations, Spring 2004

“Students are still marveling in class on what they learned about Harvard Medical School and the dream of having it become a possible school for their preparation to become doctors.”  (Teacher)

“The students loved it! This is the type of experience that helps motivate our students and encourage them to pursue jobs in the medical field.”(Teacher)

“I enjoyed the (Hinton) Scholars Program. It helped me better understand significant biological concepts, the experiments were fun, and the program has prepared me mentally for college.” (Student)

“The lectures and review sessions were helpful because it helped with the AP test and I got better grades in my AP Biology class. Reviewing chapters became easier and I learned a lot.” (Student)

“To me the labs are a very valuable aspect of the program because they enabled me to see science at work and it helped me understand the material more.” (Student)

For more information contact:

Sheila Nutt, EdD
Director, Educational Outreach Programs
Harvard Medical School
Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership
Minority Faculty Development Program
Educational Outreach Programs
E-mail: sheila_nutt@hms.harvard.edu 
Tel: 617-432-4634