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 summer program!


The CardioStart summer program exposes students to the world of cells and tissue biology beyond the textbook through hands-on benchtop and research skills.  Learning does not stop at the benchtop.  Students will apply their knowledge by assisting with academic research projects. Each student will participate in a mentor guided research project. 


The laboratory and research skills taught during this course are highly valued in research labs worldwide, and can assist students in securing highly sought after undergraduate research internships in college, which could ultimately propel them to graduate and/or medical school.


Program Period:  The Summer 2018 program is now closed and we are no longer accepting applications.  The Summer 2019 application will be open in February of 2019.


Mentor Guided Research


Students will learn how to design and conduct experiments, collect and analyze data, and maintain proper laboratory records.



Eligibility and Application Information


Eligibility requirements:

  • must be 16 years of age on or before the start date of the program in order to be eligible to participate.
  • must be respectful and mature
  • must have a 3.0 GPA or above
  • may be required to submit at least 1 letter of recommendation from a science teacher
  • must complete and return all registration forms by due date
  • must complete the required EH&S (Environmental Health & Safety) online lab safety courses by due date


Application requirements:


Interested students may apply for the 2018 Summer Program.  Students need to contact individual Center core faculty to be considered for this program and an internship in their lab.  Students are evaluated based on their academic performance, diversity of experiences and background, and commitment to succeeding in the program.  They may also be contacted for a telephone or in person interview. 


Once an applicant is accepted into the program, he or she will be emailed the required registration forms.  The registration forms will include a registration due date, EH&S online course information, and the EH&S online course due date. 


Application:  Interested students need to contact a Center core faculty member they would like to work with to be considered for this program.  The faculty member will give them an application deadline.