Summer Research Programs For Driven High School Students
If you are considering pursuing medicine in college, undoubtedly the first thing on your mind is discovering ways to truly catch the eye of the admissions team. The best way to do this is to prove that you are already a leader in the medical field. So the question becomes, how do you prove this, beyond your test scores and grades?
Summer research programs offer a unique opportunity for students to demonstrate their skills in research and pursue the possibility of having their findings published. In a summer program of any kind, you are ultimately showing your future college that you are ready to move onto their campus and undertake hard work. Specifically choosing a research program shows that you willingly take on challenging material and that you thrive amid competition. Your activities list will tell colleges that not only are you ready for college, but you also have experience in the medical field. The opportunity to have your scientific findings from a summer program published or presented in the scientific community is the ticket to sending your college applications to the next level.
Since many summer research programs themselves are selective, they provide you with experience as they mimic the college application process. They can range anywhere from one week to lasting the majority of your summer break, with free options alongside programs that cost thousands of dollars. Use this list as a starting point for finding a summer research program that matches your intended medical focus. When researching programs, it is recommended to note that many programs have restrictions on nonresident applicants.
Center For Disease Control Disease Detective Camp – Atlanta, Georgia
Few lines on a pre-med resume look as impressive as attending a program under the Center for Disease Control. Open only to current sophomores and juniors, applicants of the Disease Detective Camp spend five days during the summer immersed in every facet of the public health field. The primary objective of the Disease Detective Camp is to develop laboratory research skills and introduce students to careers in public health. This program exposes students to the unparalleled experience of working in one of the best labs in the world. The topics range from emergency preparedness, data analysis, disease surveillance, school wellness programs and public health law. The material mirrors the research focus of the CDC, centered on the collection and analysis of data to improve global health through education.
The application to attend one of these summer sessions can be found here, with a postmark deadline of March 25, 2019. The application documents include a teacher recommendation form, and also requires the submission of short answers to five essay questions, each limited to 250 words.
Coriell Institute For Medical Research Summer Experience – Camden, New Jersey
Offering an astonishing opportunity to not only add a summer research experience to their resume before college but also receive a stipend for their time, the Coriell Institute for Medical Research is an incredible option for the limited number of students chosen to participate. Located outside of Philadelphia in Camden, New Jersey, the Institute houses the world’s leading Biobank, and is an authority in the field of stem cell research and genomic discovery. The four week Summer Experienceopens its doors to select students to work alongside their world-renowned scientists and researchers.
Students participate in lectures by the staff, completing independent research, learning data analysis, participating in a resume-building workshop and giving a final presentation of their experience. The program allows experience in Coriell’s Cytogenomics Lab and Stem Cell Lab, all while earning a $1,000 stipend for your time.
Applications must be received by April 5, 2019, with decisions sent by May 3rd. The application process is less extensive than most summer programs, requiring a resume and cover letter that illustrates your interest in the science field, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Students must be 17 years of age by July 1st before the program begins.
City Of Hope Cancer Center Eugene And Ruth Roberts Summer Student Academy – Duarte, California
With the most intensive, but also the most profitable summer program on our list, the City of Hope Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Academylasts 10 full weeks. This program is unique in that they also accept undergraduate students, which comprise roughly half of their summer attendees. This is a program to keep on your list while attending college for the undergraduate options they offer. Accepting just under 100 students each year from a pool of over 2000, selected students earn a $4,000 stipend for their time.
The Academy is designed for students wishing to design their own research biomedical projects under renowned mentorship of the City of Hope facilitators, while attending seminars and laboratory meetings with the staff. This inclusive experience ensures that students leave the Academy with quantifiable content for their resume in the form of a cumulative research paper which is presented at the end of the program. There is also an additional opportunity to present your research at the annual Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research to reach a broader audience with their research. Students participate in a number of structured social events throughout the program, such as BBQ trivia competition, movie nights and field trips.
Applications for the summer Academy become available in January and are due March 15, 2019. Acceptances are notified by email. Students are required to be 16 years of age before their first day on campus, and should have completed high school courses in chemistry and biology before applying.
Wistar Institute Summer Fellowship Program In Biomedical Research – Philadephia, PA
For students planning to make their mark in cancer research, The Wistar Institute facilities are the perfect place to spend a summer. With their advances in immunology and infectious diseases, biomedical research with this nationally-recognized nonprofit research organization demonstrated your ability to be a leading name in the future of medicine.
Students in the Summer Fellowship Program learn research skills, are trained in a principal investigator’s laboratory and are assigned a unique research project in the lab. Students have the unique opportunity of being integrated into the daily research of the project and attend seminar series presented by the Institute scientists. Mentors guide their research and final presentation describing their research project.
This summer program is another that provides a stipend for your time, however, the amount varies and is not published. Due by March 31, the application requires an essay outlining your research interest and career goals, as well as a recommendation from a science teacher and transcript.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Jump Start Program – College Park, Maryland
While not always focused on the medical field, this STEM program invites this year’s group of 50 selected students to a week-long summer program focused on biomedical science research through the University of Maryland campus. Participating in seminars and professional development workshops, the content for this upcoming summer’s Jump Start is the exploration of using cellular and molecular techniques to diagnose and treat disease.
Open to incoming juniors and seniors, students must have completed AP coursework in Biology and Chemistry before applying. The fee associated with attending the program is $200. Application materials include transcripts and a science teacher recommendation, along with a personal statement detailing an event or person who defined your interest in science. The application and all supporting materials are due March 15, 2019, to be notified of acceptance after April 15.
McLaughlin Research Institute For Biomedical Sciences Summer Internship – Great Falls, Montana
Another summer-long program, the McLaughlin Research Institute for Biomedical Sciences’ Summer Internship is another program open to both high school students and undergraduate students. The Institute is an independent nonprofit center for neurogenetics research, a leader known for work on research in degenerative nerve diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Selected students spend the eight week program immersed in investigational science, with supplemental workshops and seminars. Students are included in a current cutting-edge laboratory research project, mentored by professors in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine.
High school applications should be in their incoming junior or senior years to apply, and on track to maintain four years each of math, biology, chemistry and/or physics. Applications should be sent through postal mail by April 1, 2019. Materials should include two letters of recommendation from science or math teachers, in addition to a letter detailing your interest in science, resume, transcripts and ACT/SAT scores to be considered. There is no fee or stipend associated with this internship program. While preference is given to resident students, all are encouraged to apply.