Summer Science Research Opportunities -- High School

Research Opportunities


Health Sciences Research Training Program

The Research Training Program is an unpaid educational experience for the students/trainees designed to foster their interest in areas of science, medicine, and other health professions. Specific structures will vary according to the trainee's individual educational goals.  Our program aims to develop familiarity with clinical and/or basic science research in a specific field, to learn basic laboratory or clinical research skills, to acquire skills in the presentation and dissemination of biomedical knowledge, and learn about and understand the nature of health care provided by our faculty.

*** summer student placement at full capacity, we are no longer accepting requests for summer 2017 ***


DiSCoBio Summer Academy (Department of Computational and Systems Biology)

DiSCoBio introduces rising high school juniors and seniors to the emerging fields of research that use both computational and experimental approaches to answer questions in cancer biology and related areas. In addition to having a primary research experience, scholars will learn about fundamental concepts in cancer biology, drug discovery, and computational and systems biology and gain hands-on training in the tools and techniques central to these disciplines. We also provide professional development activities to help prepare scholars for careers in science and/or medicine. Stipend support is available for some students. An activity fee may apply.

Health Career Scholars Academy

This is a four-week program held in June and July at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine for students from across the state who are interested in learning more about health care and health care carers. The program focuses on exposing students to the health care delivery system, learning about the importance of primary care, and understanding how to serve as a community advocate to address Pennsylvania's health care needs. Students must be Pennsylvania residents and may only apply during their junior year of high school. 110 students are selected each year.

UPCI Summer Academy (University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute)

This is an eight-week program for rising high school seniors and exceptional rising high school juniors that provides fifty-six students with unique and complex research learning experiences in areas including cancer biology, women's cancer, tumor immunology, drug discovery (see DiSCoBio, above), and Computer Sciences, Biological Sciences & Biological Informatics (CoSBBI).

Associated programs include the Doris Duke Foundation Academy for Clinical Research Program, which provides clinical and translational research experiences for rising high school seniors from backgrounds underrepresented in the health sciences; the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP), which will engage scholars in cutting edge studies designed to discern the origins of and develop solutions for disparities in health care; and the Center for Integrated Oncology-Cologne/Bonn Academy (CIO), focusing largely on leukemias and lymphomas in Germany.

Western Pennsylvania STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Medicine) Academy

This is a four-week summer program for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors that runs for half-days, four days per week, at Fox Chapel Area High School.