Education: High-School Researchers

The laboratory on the third floor of the old Central High School in Evansville, Ind. gleams incongruously with the sleek, modern equipment of college and industrial biochemistry. There, this week, a select group of five students will move into one of the most ambitious high-school science projects in the nation: to identify and isolate all the amino acids in ordinary fruit. To pay the bills, the Federal Government's National Institutes of Health last year gave $2,300, the only research grant it has ever made to a high school.

The man who persuaded NIH to invest in high-school students is Robert Lee Silber,...