Calling all future doctors, pharmacists, and other healthcare workers! We’ve compiled a list of opportunities you can pursue this summer to boost your college applications while quarantined. These are great opportunities for you to highlight your passions and show that you stay motivated even during the summer.
CLASSES AND PROGRAMS
Many universities host programs for high schoolers centered around medicine, biology, and chemistry. These are generally paid courses that give students a taste of college life. The following are some highlights that are still accepting applicants. If you have a specific dream school, we recommend looking on their website to see if they have a summer program that is still accepting applications.
Deadline: June 1st
Description: Brown University offers a series of stimulating classes for high school students. Many in biology and chemistry are still open and especially for pre-med students considering Brown’s 7 year medical program. Open courses include A Molecular Toolbox for Research & Medicine, Antibiotic Drug Discovery: Identifying Novel Soil Microbes to Combat Antibiotic Resistance and Cancer Biology: An Evolving Puzzle.
VIRTUAL WAKSMAN INSTITUTE SUMMER EXPERIENCE
Description: The Virtual Waksman Institute Summer Experience (vWISE) is a one week program from Rutgers University that engages high school students in an authentic research project in molecular biology and bioinformatics. It focuses on the DNA sequence analyses of genes from the duckweed Landoltia punctata, and how these compare to those found in other species.
UCLA Summer College Immersion Program
Cost: $2,501-$2,861 per course
Deadline: June 12th
Description: The UCLA Summer College Immersion Program (SCIP) offers exceptional high school students the opportunity to experience a comprehensive introduction to college life while studying alongside UCLA undergraduates. Courses include Atomic and Molecular Structure, Equilibria, Acids, and Bases, Cell and Molecular Biology, and Human Stem Cells and Medicine.
COMPETITIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Competitions are a great resource to utilize, especially as most of them can be done in the comfort of your own home. They’re a way to stand out in admissions by highlighting your competitive strengths. Many competitions also have cash prizes, which will help you start saving up for college (or just treat yourself!). For even more opportunities we recommend checking out Scholarships.com.
REGENERON INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR
Deadline: Varies by region
Description: Each year, nearly 1,900 students enter the Regeneron STS, submitting original research in critically important scientific fields of study. Unique among high school competitions, the Regeneron STS focuses on identifying, inspiring, and engaging the most promising scientists among the nation.
DAVIDSON FELLOWS SCHOLARSHIP
Deadline: February 10th 2021
Description: The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships to extraordinary young people, 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work. For pre-med students, we recommend using the summer to work on a research project and using your work to apply to be a Davidson Fellow.
US STOCKHOLM JUNIOR WATER PRIZE
Description: The SJWP is the world’s most prestigious award presented to a high school student for a water-research project. The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has coordinated the U.S. competition since its inception in 1997, and partners closely with their Member Associations (MAs) to execute the program. The summer is a great time to begin working on an intense water research project that you can submit to WEF next year.
PHARMACY TECHNICIAN JOBS
Working as a pharmacy technician this summer is a great way to get experience in pharmacy and work collaboratively with a licensed pharmacist. Check out your local pharmacies to see their open positions. Most pharmacies are currently hiring!
Colleges love seeing high schoolers take on their own initiatives. If you’ve always had a question about the world, the summer is a great time to design your own research project. You can also check with your local universities and labs to see if they are looking for help with their research projects.
VOLUNTEER WITH THE RED CROSS
The Red Cross offers many opportunities for youth engagement. High schoolers can spend the summer starting a chapter of the Red Cross at their school or applying to be a field ambassador. This is a great way for health inclined students to show their passion for using health sciences to create positive change in their community.
FIGHTING THE PANDEMIC
With the global pandemic going on, there are many ways to help while showing off your love for the health sciences. Consider synthesizing current coronavirus research to draw your own conclusions, helping with the production and distribution to local hospitals, and educating your community about health guidelines. You can also check with your local hospitals to see if they’re looking for volunteers.
We hope you found something exciting for you on this list. If not, don’t worry! We will be coming out with more opportunities everyday this week, many of which intersect with pre-med interests and the health sciences. You can also check out some of our other articles this week on summer opportunities here and here. If you don’t want to miss out, you can subscribe to our mailing list at the bottom of this page!