Research Opportunities

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Research Opportunities

Why Consider a Summer Research Program
in the Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh?

As a highly motivated, self-directed individual, you probably have already explored some of your science-related interests and are now ready for a more intensive “hands on” research and/or career exploration experience. You may even be considering an in-depth look at the world of biomedical research so you can better explore the many career opportunities available in basic, clinical and translational research that are possible in a dynamic and vibrant academic health center – such as the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences.

The Office of Science Education Outreach (OSEO), Health Sciences, at the University of Pittsburgh provides opportunities for high school students to receive hands-on biomedical research training experiences under close supervision of world-class faculty mentors. This program is designed to prepare high school students to begin or further their studies in biomedical research and learn important skills to help prepare them for success in college and further careers in science and medicine.

Students (mentees) can work with a mentor on a research project during the academic year as well as during the summer.

The research experience for high school students will include both teaching sessions and hands-on research projects. Along with the mentee, the mentor will establish at least one educational goal and measureable learning outcome the mentee should expect to gain from this learning experience. At the end of the research experience, students will make an oral or poster presentation of the results of their research projects.

As you consider your options in a summer research program, recognize that each program may have different admission requirements and application deadlines, and the goals and types of experiences offered can vary widely. Also consider the length of time over the summer (and sometimes beyond) that you are interested in participating and be sure you are able to make a commitment to attend the entire program – and join the world-class faculty and numerous professional trainees that include clinical and postdoctoral fellows, and undergraduate professionals (students who are currently attending medical school, dental school, nursing school, public health programs and graduate research training programs) are part of the everyday experience encountered in the health science professions. You will have an exciting opportunity to learn from most everyone you meet during your time with us in Pittsburgh – and maybe even find a mentor or two along the way. We hope you will gain important insights into your own skills and talents and creative abilities and make some life-long friendships and colleagues along the way!

So consider participating in a Summer Research Program and view the exciting opportunities that are available, listed below:

Research Opportunities

Pre-Baccalaureate/Summer Premedical Academic Enrichment Program (SPAEP) Summer

University of Pittsburgh Health Career Scholars Academy

University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) High School Summer Academy