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Summer Youth Science Fellowship Program

The Cancer Research Institute (CRI) at UCI sponsors a summer program for high school students to immerse themselves in laboratory-based cancer research. Each year we are excited to host ~20 high school students for a five-week immersive journey that will help them explore what it takes to be a researcher, introduces them to leaders in the field, give new insights into the latest research trends, and connects them with peers across OC, different researchers and mentors.  Most of the 30 hours per week will be spent learning and training in a single lab under an assigned mentor(s). Each YSFP fellows goes into a different lab. These mentored experiences are supplemented by didactic lectures, cohort reflections, and social activities. The experience culminates with a research symposium for students to present their work to faculty, students, and the community.

CRI Certificate Program

The CRI Certificate Program Is a program that requires attending 4 out of 6 Conquering Cancer Seminars and completing a post-seminar survey. The goal of this program is to offer in-person interactions between high schools students and the researchers of UC Irvine. Anyone over 14 can participate. There is no application process. Seminars are held January, March, May, September, October, and November.

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More Summer STEM Opportunities at UCI

The YSFP program is one-of-a-kind and very competitive. We get ~150 applications a year and can only accept ~20 students. While you are applying for the YSPF, we encourage all STEM interested high school students to also look and apply to some of these other amazing STEM programs offered by other UCI departments. Some of them have different eligibility than the YSFP so please keep that in mind.

Alternative UCI Summer Programs: https://sites.uci.edu/youthcouncil/summer-youth-programs/


Chemistry Summer Stem Summit Academy  https://sites.uci.edu/ucichemistryacademy/

The UCI Chemistry Department is thrilled to present the Summer STEM Summit to introduce middle school and high school students to some of the most relevant scientific topics of our times.  As one of the top 10 public universities in the nation and a leader in environmental and climate research, the UCI Chemistry Department brings forth five individual exciting and interactive sessions to explore topics from global warming/climate change to cities of the future to cosmetic chemistry.  Students will have the unique experience of learning from experts and industry leaders in state of the art chemistry laboratories at UCI.  The UCI Chemistry Department is proud to nurture today’s youth to be tomorrow’s leaders.

Questions? Email: chemacademy@uci.edu

California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS) ∆ https://www.cosmos.uci.edu/

COSMOS is a 4-week program for talented high school students hosted by the University of California, Irvine. COSMOS students apply to a specific “cluster”, with each cluster addressing advanced topics in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, including a variety of engineering disciplines, pharmaceutical sciences, and computer science (to name a few).

Questions? Email: cosmos@uci.edu

UCI MedAcademy ∆ https://medschool.uci.edu/education/summer-programs/education-summer-programs-uci-medacademy

UCI MedAcademy is a five-day experience designed to introduce high school students to medical careers and broaden students’ understanding of the healthcare field. UCI MedAcademy is open to high school students ages 15-19. Participants must be at least 15 years of age by the first day of the session they plan to attend.

Questions? Email: medacademy@hs.uci.edu

Summer Surgery Program (UCI Urology Dept) ∆ https://www.urology.uci.edu/education_summersurgery.shtml

The Summer Surgery Program inspires and empowers highly motivated, high-performing high school students to pursue their interest in medicine or related fields via intense real-life exposure to the world of surgery. Throughout the entire program summer surgeons regularly interact with team members representing all levels of training to assure they fully understand entire process of becoming a surgeon.

Questions? Email: summersurgery@hs.uci.edu

UCI Brain Camp https://cnlm.uci.edu/braincamp/

UCI Brain Camp is a summer program for middle and high school students that offers an opportunity for immersion in neuroscience. The 2-week full-day camp will feature lectures and seminars, workshops, laboratory tours, dissections and other hands-on activities and experiments.

Questions? Email: memory@uci.edu

Summer Healthcare Experience (SHE)  https://medschool.uci.edu/education/summer-programs/education-summer-programs-summer-healthcare-experience-she

The Summer Healthcare Experience (SHE) is a career exploration program designed for young women who are rising Juniors and Seniors in High School and interested in learning about healthcare careers. The program also provides participants with the practical tools and mentorship to achieve their educational and career goals.

Questions? Email: kennedy@uci.edu

Summer Online Research Program (Office of Research) ∆https://medschool.uci.edu/education/summer-programs/education-summer-programs-summer-online-research-program

The Online Research Program at UCI School of Medicine is a three-week mentoring program designed to increase the exposure of high school students to research methods. This program is offered through our Office of Research.

Questions? Email: highschoolresearch@hs.uci.edu



At the heart of Southern California’s growing centers of tech, UCI x GATI offers an enriching experience for gifted high school students to pursue their passion and interests in the ever-expanding fields of Biology,  Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, and Medicine (BEAM). Students will have the chance to learn about research  in state-of-the-art facilities under the tutelage of distinguished faculty at UCI. With a diverse and multidisciplinary set of research labs, students will be immersed in fields including, but not limited to Mechanical / Chemical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Anatomy and Neurobiology, & Neurology and Neurological Surgery.

Questions? Email: info@ucigati.org

ICS Summer Academy
UCI's Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) is accepting applications for the 2024 ICS Summer Academy, an in-person camp designed for high school students to be held at UC Irvine. This year’s expanded program, led by UCI’s distinguished faculty, offers four courses across two sessions: Data Analytics and Cryptography & Security (July 8-19) and Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning and Software Engineering (July 22-August 2). Program participants will explore cutting-edge areas of information and computer science while immersed in a collegiate environment surrounded by enthusiastic mentors.
For inquiries, please email icssummeracademy@uci.edu

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