Salk Institute for Biological Studies - Salk March of Dimes High School Science Week

Salk March of Dimes High School Science Week


The Salk Institute and the March of Dimes have a rich history of collaboration. The partnership began in 1948 when the March of Dimes (then known as the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis) provided the support for Jonas Salk’s quest for a vaccine against polio and later provided the funding that enabled him to fulfill his vision to create the world-renowned facility in 1960. The March of Dimes continues to support the internationally recognized biomedical research at the Salk Institute.

In 1990, as the Salk Institute planned for its 30th anniversary, Jonas Salk was eager to give back to the community, to promote scientific literacy, and to encourage young people to go into the life sciences thus was born High School Science Day.

In February we celebrate the collaboration between the March of Dimes and the Salk Institute with the 31st annual March of Dimes High School Science event. While we are not able to host the event in person this year, we are proud to continue this tradition in a virtual setting.

Event Information

The 2021 event will transition from a weekend High School Science Day to instead a Virtual High School Science Week. Each day of the week 1-2 labs will be featured in a 60-minute interactive webinar with an opening program featuring Geoffrey Wahl on Monday, February 22nd, and a keynote presentation by Kay Tye on Friday, 2/26. The guiding theme for the event will be Where Cures Begin to highlight the importance of basic research in scientific discoveries.

The interactive webinars will give students a glimpse of a day in the life of scientists and provide students with an opportunity to interact with Salk researchers. Rather than strictly teaching content, the interactive webinar will embrace students’ curiosity by letting their questions dictate the discussion. The event will emphasize both the process of science and the people behind it.

For increased schedule flexibility for students, teachers and scientists, each 60- minute webinar will be standalone. Students are welcome to attend one or all of the Virtual Lab Tours.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

For more information on this program, please contact the Education Outreach Department at

Event Registration

Registration for the 2021 event has closed.


Monday, February 22, 2021

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Friday, February 26, 2021

Committee and Volunteers

Michael Rieger, Kyle Fischer, Matilde Borio, Hao Li, Srishti Mishra, Deryn Leduke, Austin Coley, Thomas Martinez, Vikas Gubbala, Karina Sanchez, Sarah Stengel, Madison Dodds, Joshua Von Trapp, Monika Wert-Parkinson, Kate Joseph, Meredith Fear, Mike Jeffs, Liz Hincks, Kristina Grifantini, Aaron Howard, Jenn Diley

The March of Dimes High School Science Day at Salk is generously supported by the Anne and Neal Blue High School Science Fund