9 Research and Summer Programs in Colorado For High School Students
The top research programs available for high school students, selected based on prestige, location, and affordability
Polygence is an online research program designed to offer high school students accessible research opportunities, making them more inclusive. The program was created by researchers from Harvard, MIT, and Stanford and provides tailored research projects, allowing students to explore their interests, acquire professional skills, and increase their competitiveness for college admissions.
Summer Child Health Research InternshipSee website
The Department of Pediatrics offers summer research opportunities for rising high school seniors, college students and first-year medical students. At the completion of research program, the summer research interns will be expected to provide a 2-3 page written summary of their research experience. In addition, all students will provide an oral or poster/PowerPoint summary of their research. Students and mentors will also be encouraged to produce abstracts for submission to local, regional and national meetings. If the students’ research is accepted for presentation at a scientific meeting, the Child Health Research Internship will provide funding for travel and registration for the student to travel to one scientific meeting.
SciVet Summer ProgramSee website
The Natural Sciences Education & Outreach Center in exploring scientific and veterinary practices first-hand. We will be carrying out investigations, using real tools, and collecting data both in the lab and the field as well as taking a real and sometimes gritty look at the field of veterinary medicine. The NSEOC’s SciTrek and SummerVet programs are now combined into one extra-ordinary experience for high school students (grades 10-12) interested in both science and veterinary medicine.
Honors Summer InstituteSee website
The Honors Summer Institute is a 1-week camp for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with exceptional academic achievements. Our mission is to draw undiscovered talent into the Honors Program. Our program is an extension of the CSU Honors Program and engages students with sample classes from five different disciplines: ARTivism as a Tool for Social Justice, Construction Management, Fashion Fundamentals, Animal Behavior, and Natural Resources.
Native Education ForumSee website
"The Native Education Forum is a five-day summer program for rising high school seniors and incoming CSU freshmen. Students gain university classroom experience, research issues critical to Native American/Indigenous communities, and get valuable assistance from professionals in the university application process. During the program, students will have the chance to interact with university faculty, staff, and current students as they discuss and evaluate important issues that affect Indigenous communities. The 2023 Native Education Forum will be held on campus over five days and students will stay overnight in a residence hall. Students finishing their junior year in high school or higher or graduating seniors who have been admitted to and plan to enroll at CSU"
Colorado State: First Generation Business SummitSee website
"Whether you’re planning to become the next superstar CEO or still trying to figure out your path after graduation, the free Summit gives you a jump-start on campus life and your career. Stay overnight in an air-conditioned CSU residence hall on campus and eat in our dining centers as you learn the skills that will transform how business is done. Work alongside other first-generation students and College of Business faculty as you get valuable experience. Attendees sharpen business knowledge in the classroom and at area businesses, develop the skills to successfully present to large groups, learn about career paths"
Colorado State: Venture Validator Summer CampSee website
The Venture Validator Summer Camp is a week-long program hosted by the CSU College of Business Institute for Entrepreneurship designed for incoming 7th-12th grade students to explore what it takes to become an entrepreneur. Throughout the program students will be coached and mentored by leading CSU faculty members, local entrepreneurs, and subject matter experts. Students will conduct customer discovery and market research, create a business model, analyze their competitive landscape, prototype products and ultimately hone in on business ideas that they'll pitch with the goal of creating successful ventures.
CU Anschutz Medical Campus: Biomedical Research CampSee website
This is a 2-week course. Get a head start on your future coursework, internship, or research career with an introduction to biomedical laboratory techniques, visits to cutting edge facilities, exploring the ethics of biomedical research, learning about research careers, meeting scientists, and developing your own scientific research proposal. Prior knowledge of cells, DNA, RNA, and protein is helpful for the labs, but not required.
STEM Research ExperienceSee website
In this 4-week program, CU Boulder and CU Anschutz faculty and graduate students act as mentors to highly motivated high school students interested in gaining real world laboratory experience. Each mentor works with 2 students based on research interest. Students are expected to work in their Mentor's lab on assigned research projects approximately 25-30 hours a week (Monday-Friday). This course will focus on research topics such as how to find and read scientific articles, how to determine the validity of data and good writing techniques.
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