Summer Youth Science Fellowship Program

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Applications CLOSED. 2025 applications will be available December 2024

Program Overview

The Cancer Research Institute at UCI sponsors a summer program for high school students to immerse themselves in laboratory-based cancer research. The goal of this free six-week program is to encourage students to consider careers in cancer research. They will spend 30 hours a week in research labs at UCI and complete a mentored research experience. The experience culminates with a research symposium for students to present their work to faculty, students, and the community.

The program is open to high school students who are currently enrolled in the 11th & 12th grades at Orange County High Schools. The program generally accepts ~20 students per year and acceptance is based on academic merit, needs of UCI research labs, and inclusion and diversity metrics. Accepted students must be available for all program dates and must agree to present at the end of program research symposium.


  • December
    Online Applications Available
  • February 28
    Applications are Due by 5pm PST
  • February-May
    Applications are reviewed at UCI
  • Early May
    Applications will be notified of review decisions
  • June 24 - August 2, 2024
    Program Duration

What's It Like to Participate?

Contact Us

If you are a parent or teacher who would like to speak with an administrator about the program, please email We do not accept phone calls regarding this program. 

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