Every year, there are those programs whose application due dates are like a good 2-3 weeks after the majority of the applications I fill out, and if I don’t fill out the later applications with the earlier ones, well there’s an almost 100% chance I will not get around to filling out the ones that have a later due date. Now of course, I’m just a lazy person like that, and I’m not saying everyone is like that (props to you if you aren’t!), but I really really wish I would’ve filled these applications out, I might have gotten something out of it. Well, it’s too late for me, but please guys, don’t abandon applications just because they have a later due date and you just wanna be done with them. Learn from my mistakes.
That said, a good portion of the programs on this list are on here mostly because there was also an issue in terms of distance, transportation, cost, or something like that (I forgot about some of them and missed the deadline). But still, don’t fall prey to arrogance and laziness, try to fill out as many applications and as soon as possible.
These programs are a mix of a little bit of everything, considerations from all throughout high school, so some might seem a little out of place compared to the others.
*Note* For those of you who have read my post on the programs I did apply to (if you haven't, go check that out), these are gonna be a lot more brief in terms of their explanations, simply because I just haven’t been through the process and am not as familiar with each of the programs. This post is meant more as a master list (but by absolutely no means an exhaustive list) of other programs that are available for people to apply to, ones that I had considered once upon a time. If there are any programs you want me to elaborate on, let me know in the comments, and I’ll see if I can get some more information. And if there’s any other program that you guys know exists, that you want to share with everyone, please do so, and I’ll add it to this list. Everything is appreciated!
Einstein-Montefiore High School Research Program
A standard summer research program where you are matched with a mentor, perform research at the university for the month of July, and present your research on the final day. Students must be at least 16 years of age by the start, and no stipends are available.
For more information: http://www.einstein.yu.edu/education/phd/summer-hs-research-program/program-overview.aspx
Pre-College in General
Almost all universities (except Princeton :/) have a summer program where high schoolers get the opportunity to learn, take classes, and interact with undergraduate students, either for credit or not. Many colleges have specialized pre-college programs, where instead of just offering all the courses, they have specific programs high schoolers can participate in, but this varies from school to school. I encourage you to check out the precollege programs for universities that you are interested in applying to as a senior; it will help you become more immersed in the university to see whether it is a good choice for you and whether you can handle the environment. (For more of my opinion on precollege programs, check out my post “Summer Programs That I Applied To”.)
A standard pre-college program, but the reason I included this is because of one of the programs “RABS” or “Research Apprenticeship in Biological Sciences”. This is a 6 week credit program for current juniors and seniors to perform research in one of Cornell’s labs. However, this program requires that you have prior laboratory research; they very clearly state it is only for very serious students who have a mentor that can attest to their research strengths. It seems to be a very legitimate and selective program, and I would encourage applying if you have prior experience.
For more information: https://www.sce.cornell.edu/sc/programs/index.php#
This is a year long research opportunity in the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey specifically for underrepresented, low income, or first-generation college students. To participate, you must be a student at either of the two New Brunswick high schools, or a student in Rutgers. Each student in the program is matched up with a mentor and performs research for a year, culminating in a presentation.
For more information: http://www.cinj.org/education/cure-program
This is also a year long research opportunity and is very similar to CURE. To be eligible, the student must be underrepresented or low income. This one is open to all high schoolers in New Jersey, but preference is given to those from New Brunswick. Along with doing research, students will attend some seminars and classes throughout the year.
For more information: http://www.cinj.org/education/clinical-research-experience-high-school-students-crehst-program
A week long experience for high school students, BOLD teaches students about cancer related tools, research, and careers, as they explore case studies of cancer patients. There is a $250 program fee. The program is held in the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.
For more information: http://www.cinj.org/BOLD
This is a non-residential, 1 week program where students are introduced to topics in Toxicology, Health & Environmental Disease. It is for all high schoolers, and has a fee of $800, with a rolling application. During the program, students will perform lab techniques such as PCR, cell culturing, and gel electrophoresis, as well as talk about different careers in science and medicine.
For more information: https://eohsi.rutgers.edu/graduate-programs/toxicology-health-and-environmental-disease-thed-high-school-summer-program/
UPenn Summer Academies
These are paid, intensive, 3-week programs for students who want to study a particular subject for the duration of the program. The summer academies include ones for chemistry, physics, math, and neuroscience, among others. It is non-credit, and 9-11th graders are welcome to apply.
For more information: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/summer/programs/high-school/academies
Simons Summer Research Program - Stony Brook
This is a standard research program where selected students are matched with faculty mentors and help perform research through the entirety of the summer. This program offers a $1000 stipend, and applicants must be 16 years by the start of their program and in their junior year, as well as either be citizens or permanent residents. The application process is a bit more complicated, because it requires your school to fill out a nomination form in addition to normal application requirements, which are due in January.
For more information: http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/simons/about/about.html
Hofstra University Summer Science Research Program
This is another standard research program, but costs $1800 to attend. Students perform research with mentors and attend seminars throughout the summer as well. The program runs from July to mid August, and ends in a poster session open to all students and teachers. Applicants must be enrolled in 10th or 11th grade and have taken at least one lab based science course.
For more information: http://www.hofstra.edu/academics/colleges/hclas/sse/index.html
Biotech Summer Camp
This 3 week program introduces students to techniques and tools of biotechnology, with lectures and hands on labs, as well as an end of program presentation. This is open to all high schoolers and has residential options for an extended fee. The cost of the program itself is $2400, and students will be in the program from about 9-5pm on weekdays.
For more information: https://istem.stonybrook.edu/content/biotechnology-summer-camp
SARAS - Science Awareness and Research Series
SARAS is a 3-week lecture and workshop series held on the Stony Brook campus intended as an introduction for students to research and biomedical sciences. Students will receive certifications at the end of the program to work in a research lab, and SARAS also offers workshops on test prep.
For more information: https://sites.google.com/a/stonybrook.edu/saras/home
The Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City offers year round and summer internships to high school students in the surrounding area. Teams of students work with researchers on a research project for the program ranging from topics like solar winds to autonomous robots. Applicants must be US citizens and have at least a 3.0 GPA.
For more information: https://www.giss.nasa.gov/edu/intern/
Coriell Institute Summer Experience
This is a 4 week opportunity for motivated students to experience careers in science and work alongside researchers in medicine at the Coriell Institute in Camden, NJ. Upon completion, as well as after a presentation about the institute, participants are awarded a $1,000 stipend. You must be 17 years of age by the start of the program to apply.
For more information: https://www.coriell.org/education/summer-experience
Penn Medicine Summer Program
This is a paid, 4 week, residential program for high school juniors and seniors. It focuses on exploring medical careers and learning techniques vital to the medical field with a hands-on approach.
For more information: https://www.jkcp.com/program/penn-medicine-summer-program-for-high-school-students.php
RSI - Research Science Institute
This is an extremely selective and prestigious program featuring some of the best high schoolers in the country and the world. Like other research programs, students get matched up with mentors to complete a research project, and also attend classes and seminars throughout the residential program. RSI is free and applications are due early January. Students with prior research experience and strong test scores and recommendations are preferred, as this is a very selective program. This is perhaps the best research program possible for a high schooler, and to be recognized as an RSI scholar is to be recognized as one of the top students in the country.
For more information: https://www.cee.org/research-science-institute
WISE - Waksman Institute Summer Experience
This is a paid, 2 week experience at the Waksman Microbiology Institute in Rutgers. It introduces students to laboratory techniques like isolation and DNA sequencing with the aim of helping them submit DNA sequence analyses to GenBank, the international laboratory of sequences. The students will work with the program instructors and mentors, and attend seminars held by Rutgers faculty.
For more information: https://wssp.rutgers.edu/wise
TARGET - The Academy at Rutgers for Girls in Engineering and Technology
This is a paid, one week commuter program for girls in New Brunswick and other surrounding NJ areas. It introduces girls to engineering, familiarizes them with techniques and disciplines, and encourages combating the stereotypes and challenges that girls in STEM often face. It is open to all high schoolers.
For more information: https://em.rutgers.edu/ncp/search/ProgramDetails.aspx?id=340&src=browse
SMART - Science, Medicine, and Related Topics
This is a paid pre-college enrichment program held by New Jersey Medical School, open to all high schoolers. It focuses on exposing students to careers in medicine and science through hands-on activities, oral presentations, leadership training, and career and college counseling. Along with a summer academy, there is a winter academy session as well.
For more information: http://njms.rutgers.edu/smart/index.cfm
NJMS High School Interns
This is not a summer program per se, but it is significantly easier to get a position in the summer. New Jersey Medical Schools hosts high school interns throughout the year, allowing them to help researchers with their projects in the lab. To participate, students must have a committed member of the faculty willing to take them on as an intern. There is no time commitment, stipend, or application process, it is entirely up to students to find mentors.
For more information: http://njms.rutgers.edu/research/orsp/high_school_students.cfm
NJIT High School STEM Research Program
This is another standard research summer program. This is non-stipended, 6 week research opportunity for motivated high school students. You are paired with a research lab, and work with undergraduate and graduate students on their research. It runs from late June to early August and applications are due in April. To apply for the program, contact the program director (whose email is on the website) to show interest, who will then send an application.
For more information: http://www.njit.edu/research/forstudents/
Summer Institute for the Gifted
These are privately sponsored programs for the gifted and talented held at well-renowned universities - like Princeton and Yale - that are in 3 week sessions throughout the summer. They offer a variety of courses and workshops. It is a paid opportunity and there are residential, day, and online options available. It is open to all high schoolers who can fulfill the eligibility requirements.
For more information: https://www.giftedstudy.org/
Just a reminder that if you have any other programs you know of (or even better, have experienced) please add them in the comments so others can benefit from the information and so I can add them to this list.
Thanks for reading!