DEADLINE: 2/24/2018 LINK: https://simr.stanford.edu/
Eligibility: students must be 16 years or older by the start of the program, and juniors or seniors as of the fall of 2017; US citizens or permanent residents (Bay Area students favored)
What it is: SIMR is an 8-week summer internship program open to high school juniors and seniors. The program consists of hands-on research under the direct guidance of a one-on-one mentor at a top class lab within the Institutes of Medicine at Stanford University as well as select departments. Students applying to the program can choose from eight areas of research (institutes). After being accepted, they are then assigned to a specific institute based on their choices. To learn more about each institute and the research involved, click on the links to the department websites below. Another option students in SIMR have is participating in the bioengineering bootcamp. This is a hands-on learning experience in bioengineering that does not involve a lab research component.
Why you should apply: The hands-on research component is the center of this program, designed to expose students to cutting-edge research in medicine and bioengineering under one-on-one mentorship. The program has been around for 15 years and has enough alumni to have their own network spread across many fields. Additionally, SIMR students are regularly named finalists and semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search and Siemens Competition. Students are expected to work around 40 hours a week during the program, in addition to attending lectures and preparing a poster session during the last few days of the program.
Eligibility: be 16 years of age or older and be juniors or seniors at the time of application; US citizens and permanent residents
What it is: The STEP-UP Program provides hands-on summer research experience for high school and undergraduate students interested in exploring research careers. Students participate in 8 to 10 weeks of full-time research experience and receive a summer research stipend, and have the opportunity to work at a local research institution with a mentor who will oversee their research. Students also attend an all-paid trip to the Annual STEP-UP Research Symposium held on NIH’s main campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Students are given the opportunity to conduct a formal oral and poster presentation.
Why you should apply: One of the major benefits about the STEP-UP program is that you are not required to relocate in order to conduct your summer research, and are instead encouraged to choose a research institution near your hometown or within commuting distance of your residence. There are a host of benefits associated with this, including the fact that you will be able to gain a better understanding of the research opportunities in your local community.It is important for universities to know that their students are active in their local communities, actively searching for problems to solve and areas where they can make a meaningful contribution. Being aware of pressing problems that exist on a global level is obviously important, but universities are also interested in the kind of change you can create locally – it will give them an impression of the kind of role you will play on campus, in class, and as part of the student body. Furthermore, the program will give you a deeper insight into what doing real research entails, and how the process unfolds, culminating in the presentation at the STEP-UP Research Symposium, where you will have the opportunity to give a formal presentation, which is frequently done in the scientific community.
DEADLINE: 1/8/2018 LINK: http://www.stonybrook.edu/simons/
Eligibility: students must be at least 16 years of age by the start of the program and be in their junior year at the time of application; US citizens and permanent residents
What it is: The Simons Summer Research Program gives academically talented, motivated high school students the opportunity to engage in hands-on research in science, math or engineering at Stony Brook University. Simons Fellows work with distinguished faculty mentors, learn laboratory techniques and tools, become part of active research teams, and experience life at a research university. The Simons Fellows conclude their apprenticeship by producing a written research abstract and a research poster. In addition to learning valuable techniques and experiencing life at a major research university, Simons Fellows attend weekly faculty research talks and participate in special workshops, tours and events. At the closing poster symposium, students are presented with a $1,000 stipend award.
Why you should apply: While it does not explicitly state it on its website, the Simons Summer Research Program is a program for students with a solid background in science, math or engineering. The application, for instance, asks you to describe any previous research experience, such as any technical skills that may be helpful in a laboratory setting, as well as what you hope to accomplish as a participants in the program. It asks you to be as specific about your experiences as possible, and, additionally, asks for an essay in which you are meant to address the problems and questions that interest you in the broad discipline you want to do research. Having well-defined research goals and interests would significantly aid you in formulating your responses to these questions.