CardioStart High School Summer Program


Do you love science? 

Have you ever wanted to see and work with a live cell?  Do you find yourself asking questions beyond the scope of your classes? 

Would you like to know what it is like to work in a tissue-engineering laboratory?  Do you want to experience the awe of discovery?

Then you are the right person for the CardioStart program!



Due to COVID-19, this year's program has been adapted to an online course, which has been extended through 2021. Our newly developed online workshops with interactive assessments will enrich students' knowledge of tissue and cardiac engineering. The workshops and assessments will be available 24/7 making this enhanced learning platform convenient for all students. To supplement the workshops, graduate students will be available to answer questions throughout the duration of the program and will be holding weekly office hours via Zoom to facilitate discussion and interaction between students. There is also a possibility of a hands-on laboratory opportunity in the future.


Students who have participated in the CardioStart Program have been accepted to universities such as UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Irvine, Pepperdine, University of Chicago, and Rice University.


Program schedule for 2021:

Online workshops available 24/7

Office hours available throughout the program





Eligibility requirements:

  • must be at least 14 years of age or enrolled in high school to be eligible to participate
  • must be respectful and mature



Research Study to Enhance CardioStart:

We are able to offer this program free of charge because we are working on building and developing better programs. To make these improvements, we are asking students to consent to participate in a research study. The lead researcher, Anna Grosberg, and faculty sponsor, Christine King, and program instructor, Jasmine Naik, invite you to participate in this research study; however, if students do not wish to participate, they are able to take the course without participating in the study. The study follows the guidelines of the International Review Board (IRB). These guidelines assure that any personal survey information we receive, such as names and email addresses, remains confidential. All survey results will be deidentified and averaged with all students before analysis. It is important to us to maintain student confidentiality while still enhancing program contents. We are only requesting your signatures on the IRB consent and assent forms so that the course survey content can be used to further develop our online program.


Please note that at no time will students be asked to perform or undergo any treatments. The language in the IRB forms is merely to cover a variety of activities and is not specific to the CardioStart Program.



There is no tuition charge thanks to the generous support of the Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology and the UCI Henry Samueli School of Engineering Office of Access and Inclusion.


For more program information or to ask questions pertaining to the IRB, please contact the Program Instructor, Jasmine Naik, at or (609) 216-1286.


To apply for CardiStart, please contact Jasmine Naik, Program Instructor, at or (609) 216-1286.