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 integrate advanced workshops with hands-on college level research techniques to explore cardiac tissue engineering.


This year the CardioStart program is designed to give students more flexibility while also providing more opportunity for hand-on benchtop experiences. Newly developed online workshops with interactive assessments will complement the student's benchtop learning and enrich their knowledge of tissue and cardiac engineering. The workshops will be available 24/7 making this enhanced learning platform convenient for all students. The time spent on the UC Irvine campus will be solely devoted to learning tissue culture techniques in the core laboratory, engaging in univeristy level research experiences, and participating in cutting-edge research presentations and meetings.


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.


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 Dates for Summer 2020: 

Session A: July 6th - July 24th

Session B: July 27th - August 14th


Program schedule for Summer 2020:

Online workshops available 24/7 during each session

UC Irvine campus components Monday - Friday from 9:00am - 12:00pm during each session


Benchtop Experiences:


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



Eligibility and Application Information


Eligibility requirements:

  • must have completed freshman year of high school in order to be eligible to participate.
  • must be respectful and mature
  • must have a 3.5 GPA or above
  • must complete and return all registration forms by due date
  • must submit tuition by due date
  • must complete the required EH&S (Environmental Health & Safety) online lab safety courses by due date


Application requirements:


Students are evaluated based on their academic performance, diversity of experiences and background, and commitment to succeeding in the program.  They will also be contacted for a telephone 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 course due date, and tuition payment information. 


Application link:

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, March 31st at 5pm PDT.



Tuition is $1500 per session. Both sessions are identical. Please note that the University of California, Irvine is located in Orange County, California. Tuition for this program does not include food, travel or accommodations.


For more program information, please email the Program Instructor, Jasmine Naik at