Research Opportunities

BEST Early

Building Excellence in Science and Technology (BEST Early), is a nonprofit science education organization that advocates for and provides early research participation opportunities and programs for high school and college students. Its motto is People First, Innovate Early and its courses and programs are described as ‘incubators of innovators.’ Its mission is the universal adoption of early research, where research is the 4th R and a right of passage for all high school and college students. Early research is viewed not only as smart educational practice but also as a sustainable economic and workforce development policy.


Summer Study

Summer Study has been running pre-college programs for 25 years and their Penn State program is one of the largest and most successful in the country. They also offer opportunities at The Sorbonne in Paris, Colorado State University, and Fordham University. They offer a great mix of college credit and enrichment courses as well as fun and exciting summer opportunities for teens.

  • Exclusive "real life" internships
  • Exceptional opportunities to earn college credits!


UC Berkeley SHARP

In SHARP, high school students have the opportunity to do hands-on scientific investigations in a dynamic research environment at UC Berkeley.


Teen Environmental Education Mentorship (TEEM)

Teen Environmental Education Mentorship (TEEM) is a paid environmental education internship and leadership program for San Francisco and Marin high school students.


Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program (SIMR)

The program is an eight-week program in which high school students from diverse backgrounds are invited to perform basic research with Stanford faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students and researchers on a medically-oriented project.


The Lawrence Hall of Science Teen Internship

The program provides firsthand work experience, hands-on training, and problem-solving opportunities.



The Introductory College Level Experience In Microbiology (iCLEM)

Developed in partnership with UC Berkeley and the Joint BioEnergy Institute, the program seeks to broaden students' understanding of biotechnology and the careers available in this field. In addition to basic science and research, the program also exposes students to career exploration and preparation for the college application process, including field trips to local biotech companies, career talks with scientists, writing a college personal statement, meeting college admission and financial aid experts, and visiting college campuses.


(BAYLOR)High School Summer Science Research Program

The purpose of the High School Summer Science Research Program (HSSSRP), an annual program established in 1991, is to give superior high school students hands-on research experience by working on research projects with Baylor University science professors in many disciplines.


The Summer Science Program (SSP)

A residential enrichment program in which gifted high school students from around the world complete a challenging, hands-on research project in celestial mechanics.


Boston Leadership Institute

The Boston Leadership Institute was named one of the top 5 summer science programs
in the U.S. alongside programs at MIT, the University of Chicago, and UCLA.


Center for Excellence in Education

Each summer, 80 of the world's most accomplished high school students gather at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the Research Science Institute (RSI).


Stanford University Center for Outreach


UCLA Engineering: Office of Academic and Student Affairs

The UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science (HSSEAS) in conjunction with the Engineering Science Corps Outreach Program offers an eight-week summer program where it encourages all of its high school participants to consider a future in engineering.


The Oakland/ East Bay Math Circle (OEBMC)

The Oakland/ East Bay Math Circle (OEBMC) is a weekly after-school program centered on mathematical exploration and discovery and presented for middle and high school students and their teachers.


California Academy of Sciences

The Summer Systematics Institute, a hands-on, collections-based summer research program in evolutionary biology and the Internship in Biological Illustration are for undergraduate college/university students who are U.S. citizens or resident aliens.


Galaxy Explorers

The Galaxy Explorers’ program provides teens with work experience, community service/volunteer opportunities and paid internships. Participants engage in fun, hands-on scientific activities and develop real-world skills.


Berkeley Foundation for Opportunities in Information Technology

The intent is to provide youth with knowledge, resources, practical programming skills and guidance in their pursuit of higher education and production of technology.


Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH)

SMASH scholars spend five weeks each summer at a SMASH site on a college campus (currently located at UC Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA and USC) immersed in rigorous STEM classes.


The Rockefeller University

The Rockefeller University Summer Science Research Program (SSRP) provides high school students with an opportunity to conduct hands-on research under the mentorship of leading scientific researchers at one of the world's premier biomedical research facilities.


Boston University

Spend six weeks this summer conducting university-level research in state-of-the-art laboratories, alongside some of the sharpest scientific minds in the country.


Hofstra University

Hofstra University's Summer Science Research Program offers high school students opportunities in science research under the guidance of professionals in science and mathematics.



Rosetta Institute of Biomedical Research

Through engaging lectures and hands-on laboratory classes, students learn normal molecular and cellular biology, and then learn how these normal processes are distorted during the development of cancer. To conclude the workshop, students use what they have learned to create an original research project on a gene of their choice. More broadly, the workshop strengthens academic skills and helps to ease the transition from high school to college.!cancer-workshop/crty


UMass Amherst

As a Summer College student, you’ll learn, create and engage in research in an innovative and exciting community of artists, researchers and scholars.


BlueStamp Engineering

- High School students find an amazing project they want to build

- An experienced staff guides students in their project development

- Guest speakers from industry and academia offer insights from their careers


The University of Chicago

Research in the Biological Sciences (RIBS) is a four-week intensive training program designed to expose students to a broad range of molecular, microbiological, and cell biological techniques currently used in research laboratories.  Students are immersed in the research experience, giving them a taste of "life at the bench".


Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

The Einstein-Montefiore Summer High School Research Program introduces high school students age 16 and older to the excitement of leading-edge scientific research. It is our hope that because of this experience, students will begin to think about a career in science while still in high school.Students are assigned to Einstein research labs and will join the lab team under the guidance of the laboratory director (or principal investigator) who will serve as a mentor.


The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Participants will learn about the investigative scientific research process, and will work with MD Anderson faculty five days a week, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. Emphasis is placed on the importance of the basic principles that form the foundation for scientific investigation and diagnostic testing.


Stony Brook University

Stony Brook offers an exciting variety of opportunities for high school students, ranging from genuine hands-on research to credited summer courses that can jump-start your college career.


UT Health Science Center, San Antonio

A year-round program for high school, college, premed, or pre-PhD students designed to provide an intensive, hands-on, discovery-rich, creative and interdisciplinary research experience. This is a unique experience in learning and interdisciplinary research, with senior investigators serving as mentors and role models. Trainees will have opportunities to work in one of three broad areas: immunology, molecular pathogenesis, or genetics/clinical epidemiology. Current areas of investigation are HIV/AIDS, atherosclerosis, bone disease, neurobiology, lupus, and alcoholism.


Voelcker Scholar

  • Work with national and internationally known research faculty
  • Learn state of the art technology and experimental design
  • Learn about professional health careers in science and medicine


Emory University

The Emory Pre-College Program is a summer academic program for high school students. It gives college-bound rising juniors and rising seniors an exciting glimpse of academic and residential life at a top-ranked national university.


Cornell University

If you're a serious, research-oriented student with a passion for science, this innovative, highly selective program will give you the rare opportunity to join a top-notch laboratory at one of the world's leading research institutions. You'll interact with Cornell professors, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduates, be responsible for an investigative project, prepare a research report suitable for publication, and give an oral presentation.


UC Davis

The UC Davis Young Scholars Program is a summer residential research program designed to expose approximately 40 high achieving high school students to the world of original research in the natural sciences with emphases on the biological, environmental and agricultural sciences. Participants in the 2013 UCD-YSP will work one-on-one with research faculty and research groups in state of the art laboratories for six weeks. Each student will work on an individual project and prepare a journal quality paper and symposium presentation about their work.


University of Texas Medical Branch

The primary goal of this program is to provide a stimulating, active experience in scientific research for students in order to increase their familiarity with the scientific process and their motivation to pursue careers in research or science teaching.


The Welch Summer Scholar Program

The Welch Summer Scholar Program (WSSP), provides unique opportunities for high school students to emerge in the field of science engaging them in hands-on, college-level research projects using state-of-the-art equipment and modern technology not typically found in high-school classrooms.


Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Students will have a chance to take part in independent research projects under the direct mentorship and guidance of a HOPP principal investigator (PI). The PI matches each student with a mentor — typically a senior member from the lab, such as a postdoctoral fellow, graduate student, or research technician. At the end of the summer, the students will be expected to present their research project at a poster session.


University of Wisconsin-Madison, Institute for Biology Education

Students are paired up and mentored on a specific project that entails in-depth, hands-on research conducted by the students. Once the research has been completed, each group writes a research report and presents its project and findings at a final Research Symposium.


The University of Rochester

The Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) at the University of Rochester holds an annual summer research program for Rochester-area high school students who have just completed their junior year. The eight-week program provides an exceptional opportunity for highly motivated students to experience scientific research in a realistic environment. Students who are accepted into the program are assigned to a research project and supervised by a staff scientist at the Laboratory. These projects form an integral part of the research program of the Laboratory and are related to the Laboratory’s 60-beam OMEGA laser, one of the world’s most powerful fusion lasers, and the OMEGA EP laser, completed in 2008. At the end of the program, the students present the results of their projects at a symposium in the Laboratory. The students also produce written project reports.


Michigan State University

The Michigan State University High School Honors Science/Engineering/Mathematics Program (HSHSP) is a seven-week, intensive summer research program designed for motivated students from across the United States who wish to gain more experience conducting research while living on the campus of a major research-intensive university.


The University of Utah

The Bioscience Program at the University of Utah seeks to increase the participation of students in biological research and to encourage them to prepare for careers in research, medicine, and education. To this end the Program sponsors an eight-week Bioscience High School Summer Research Program through which students receive training and research experience in a university setting. Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 program. The students admitted will receive:

  • A two-week intensive laboratory techniques course that meets daily.
  • A six-week individual research experience on campus, with a University faculty member serving as the research mentor.
  • Potential research topics that span the broad spectrum of the biological sciences -- from ecology to biochemistry.
  • A $500 stipend.

Students who complete the program are likely to improve their chances of obtaining college scholarships and subsequent undergraduate laboratory research experiences.


Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Each student spends seven weeks working full-time on an independent research project under the supervision of a of RPCI scientific staff member and alongside graduate students and post-doctoral trainees. The program concludes with a scientific conference at which students present a scientific poster on their research project.


Brookhaven National Laboratory

Brookhaven National Laboratory's primary focus as an institution is research and development. Student interns participate in ongoing programs where a BNL scientist mentors a student on a research project during a six week summer session. Students may also work during the academic year, usually to complete their project.


BioQuest Academy

By enrolling into the BioQuest Academy, you will become part of the BioQuest global health community not only for the two weeks (60 hours) that you are physically at Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, but throughout your senior year of high school and beyond! You will advance your understanding of infectious diseases and global health, and become part of the community who cares and works towards finding solutions to these problems.


City of Hope's Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Student Academy

City of Hope's Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Student Academy gives curious and hardworking students the opportunity to learn about science by actually doing it. Unlike traditional high school or college classes where the course of study is entirely determined by the instructor, City of Hope’s summer program students select their own research project according to their individual areas of interest. Selected participants then spend 10 weeks working full-time as a member of a biomedical research team. Our world-renowned physicians and scientists serve as mentors who guide students in their research, while helping them develop their critical thinking skills.


The Cooper Union

The School of Engineering's Research Internship Program provides a great opportunity for high school students to tackle research problems in a college setting. Interns work in teams comprising of both high school sophomores and juniors on applied research projects under the constant guidance of Cooper Union undergraduate teaching assistants. Each project is supervised and mentored by Cooper Union faculty and covers fields such as civil, chemical, electrical, mechanical, biomedical and environmental engineering; mathematics, chemistry, and astronomy.


Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center: CURE Program

You will work in a cancer research environment, getting hands-on experience you will not find in any classroom. You will spend time alongside scientists and use state-of-the-art technology. You will learn what a research career is really like, develop a wide range of skills, and take part in groundbreaking cancer discoveries that change the world, one experiment at a time.You will be assigned your own mentor and advisor, who will oversee your research and offer guidance.


The Stem Academy

The STEM Academy is a national non-profit status organization dedicated to improving STEM literacy for all students. We represent a recognized national next-generation high impact academic model. The practices, strategies and programming utilized within The STEM Academy (K-16 Program) were developed from identified national best practices designed to improve under-represented minority and low-income student growth, close achievement gaps, decrease dropout rates, increase high school graduation rates and improve teacher and principal effectiveness. Curriculum features dual-credit agreements with over 180+ post-secondary institutions. Instructors may earn up to 12 graduate school credits through the STEM 101 professional development program.