UCSF Summer Student Research Program

Nature of Research/Program Description: 

For 40 years, UCSF's Summer Student Research Program has placed talented high school and college students from diverse backgrounds into local clinics and basic science labs to participate in active biomedical research projects. Formerly affiliated with CHORI, now fully integrated with the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, this summer program provides a one-on-one mentorship with health care providers and researchers, along with access to unique workshops, seminars, trainings, simulations, and networking opportunities. The program culminates in a formal research symposium in which each student presents their project findings to the scientific community, many of which continue on as future grants, publications, and advances in healthcare. The overall goal of the program is to stimulate interest in health sciences for under-represented students, arming them with professional skills and confidence, thereby improving their likelihood of success in STEM careers.

The 9-week program changes annually. Visit the website here for more info and to apply.

Keywords: summer science; research; under-represented: high schools students


View the website for more information.

Location Details: 
UC San Francisco Benihoff Children's Hospital Oakland, CA
Targeted Students: 
To be considered for admittance into the program, prospective students must meet all 3 of the below criterion 1. High school students in their junior or senior year, with at least one completed year in math and biology OR Undergraduate students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program. 2. Students must be 16 years of age or older by June 1st of year of program 3. Students with background considered under-represented in the sciences (individuals from racial/ethnic groups typically underrepresented in the sciences, individuals with disabilities, first-generation college students, individuals who reside with families who are low income or otherwise considered disadvantaged. Detailed descriptions are present in the Frequently Asked Questions page).
Program Time Period: 
Time Period Details: 
9 weeks
Summer stipends range from $3,000-$45,000
Application Deadline: 
February 10, 2023 for Undergraduate students
February 17, 2023 for High School students
Program Goal(s): 

Activities Included in the Program: 

  • Pairing with a mentor who will guide you through a clinical or basic science research project. These projects will vary greatly based on the mentor assigned to you.
  • Participate in a research program based on a structured curriculum for 9 weeks.
  • Attend weekly seminars and meetings presented by MD's and PhD's from UCSF or other regional healthcare systems with other CHORI summer students.
  • A weekly intra-program journal club, wherein students read and subsequently discuss a scientific paper.
  • Fun social activities curated by program leadership.
  • Present research findings at a one-day Research Symposium on the last day of the program (typically the 1st Friday in August).
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Human Biology
Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology