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Biomedical Engineering Summer Programs for High School

Instructor: Marissa Baranauskas
Summer biomedical engineering programs available to high school students offer both hands-on experience and academic study. Learn more about summer programs offered from a leading scientific institution and several colleges.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The NIH's Summer Internship Program (SIP) in Biomedical Research is an eight-week session beginning in May or June. Students can engage in research with leading biomedical scientists - many of which specialize in the fields of biomedical engineering - at one of the NIH campuses and laboratories located in Maryland, North Carolina, Montana, Massachusetts, Arizona, and Michigan. Students must be 16 or older to apply and be United States citizens. This program provides a monthly stipend of around $2,000 to accepted high school students and has a competitive admissions process. Applicants must submit an online form along with a resume, cover letter, and references, among other items. The NIH also recommends that students get in touch with the researchers they're interested in working with to explain their qualifications.

For more information on applying for an internship, including tips for writing a great cover letter and resume, check out this course on How to Get an Internship. Instructors also offer suggestions for getting the most out of this type of hands-on work experience.

Stanford University

Stanford University offers a hands-on program for high school juniors and seniors interested in biomedical engineering. Its Bioengineering Bootcamp is provided through the Stanford Institute of Medical Research (SIMR) and takes place two to four days per week for eight weeks during the summer months. Students create a design project in response to real-world medical problems and attend lectures on a wide variety of biomedical engineering topics. Applicants who'd like to familiarize themselves with the scientific research process they'll be undertaking during this program can watch these brief video lessons on How Scientists Think and Work. There is no cost for the program; students only need to submit an application fee.

Columbia University

Columbia University provides in-depth academic study in biomedical engineering through its pre-college summer program. Its Biomedical Engineering: Physical Effects on Cells course is available at the Columbia University Morningside Campus and takes place primarily in July. The course introduces students to the multiple disciplines that comprise bioengineering and allows them to get hands-on experience in the laboratory. This program is available only to rising juniors and seniors in high school and includes prerequisites in biology and chemistry. Students working to meet these prerequisites can use these high school biology and chemistry courses to review class material, complete homework assignments, and study for tests.

George Washington University

George Washington University offers an intensive academic course in Biomedical Engineering: Identifying Medical Problems and Developing Solutions that begins in late July. This two-week course is part of the university's Summer Immersion Program, which offers high school students the opportunity to take non-credit courses for personal enrichment. Topics addressed in this course cover various medical imaging techniques and technologies as well as the applications of nanotechnology. Students interested in learning more about medical imaging and its uses prior to enrolling in the course can check out this quick lesson on Medical Imaging Techniques.

This program is open to 10th through 12th graders and has a tuition cost of $2,827 for residents, which includes room and board. Commuter tuition is $1,974 and excludes room and board.

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