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.


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.


Two Program Sessions:  July 8th - 26th or August 5th - 23rd CLOSED


Mentor Guided Component


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 3.5 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:


Interested students may apply for the 2019 Summer Program beginning February 1, 2019.  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 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 course due date, and tuition payment information.  


Application link: The 2019 CardioStart Program is now closed.  We will begin accepting applications for the 2020 CardioStart Program in February 2020.

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