Partner Programs for High School Students

The UW GenOM Project recognizes the importance of high school students gaining access to quality educational programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. While our programs target incoming freshmen and undergraduate students, we have formed relationships with a variety of wonderful programs directed at high school students in the state of Washington and the greater Seattle area. Several of these programs also have resources for high school teachers. Please see below for information on these programs and links to their individual sites. For a listing of programs across the country, take a look here.

Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) Young Scholars Program»
This 10-week summer program is held at the University of Washington campus and includes hands-on research opportunities, ethics, technical training and professional development training for high school students.

Genome Sciences Education Outreach»
The University of Washington Genome Sciences Department supports this program that has developed state-of-the art curricula in ethics and science for K-12 teachers. The staff also provide training, equipement, and support for k-12 teachers throughout the state.

Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) High School Internship Program»
This Seattle-based research institution sponsors an internship program during the summer for high school juniors interested in gaining microbiology, engineering, and computational research backgrounds. Applications are typically available in January of each year.

Materials Science Summer Day Camp, University of Washington»
The Materials Science and Engineering Department hosts this week long summer day camp for rising high school juniors and seniors interested in science and math. Students receive training in applied math, physics and chemistry and are also paired with a professional mentor.

Math Academy, University of Washington»
The University of Washington's College of Engineering sponsors this intensive four-week residential program for high school juniors interested in math and engineering. The program includes intensive math training and an introduction to engineering careers and research.

Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement (MESA), Seattle»
The Seattle chapter of MESA has a variety of programs for high school students. This includes a three-week math scholars camp for rising high school freshmen as well as an after-school bridge program, a MESA class for sophomores at participating high schools, and Saturday Academy for Juniors and Seniors. Juniors in Saturday Academy are exposed to a variety of career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math while Seniors are assisted with SAT prep and their college applications.

Northwest Association of Biomedical Researchers (NWABR) Programs»
NWABR has a wide variety of programs for high school students and teachers. The Camp BIOmed program is a summer internship program for high school students entering 10th-12th grade that includes tours of a variety of research institutions, and introduction to research careers, and bioethics coursework. The Student BioExpo allows high school students to get creative and explore biosciences while showcasing their knowledge in the expo through a variety of presentation styles. Youth Ethics Summit is an opportunity for high school students to engage in discussions about the ethical issues inherent in scientific research. NWABR also offers curriculum supplements and professional development for K-12 teachers.

Research Training Program at Seattle Children’s Research Institute»
Seattle Children’s Science Education Department is offering two identical 3-week research training sessions at the Research Institute in downtown Seattle for rising high school juniors and seniors interested in biomedical research. Students will learn how to work in a research laboratory environment and learn about topics including biochemistry, immunotherapy, gene editing, and infectious diseases. Students will also participate in workshops on college readiness and career exploration. Selected participants will receive a stipend. There is no cost to participate. This program provides students with a solid foundation for a future career in biomedical research.

Summer Institute for Math at the University of Washington (SIMUW)»
SIMUW is a residential summer program run through the Mathematics Department. The program is for high school students with at least three years of high school math and an interest in mathematics and mathematics related careers. The program includes math coursework and exposure to careers and research involving math.

Co-op/Internships and Summer Research Opportunities for 2016»
This website lists opportunities from the larger Co-op/Internship and Summer Research Opportunities in the Life Sciences that may provide experiences in genetics, human genetics, gene expression, developmental biology and clinical genetics

Contact Our Organization

Lisa Peterson, Director
Gerberding G76
Phone: (206)685-2593

Latoya Surratt, ALVA Coordinator
Gerberding G76
Phone: (206) 543-3306

Maritza Zaldivar-Lima, ALVA Office Assistant
Gerberding G76
Phone: (360)508-3603

USPS mail:
Office of Research
Gerberding Hall G76
Box 351202
Seattle, WA 98195

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