Opportunities for High School Students

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Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (United States)

Application closes March 2, 2020

The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) offers a summer research internship opportunity for students entering their junior or senior year of high school. Students that are invited to take part will receive pay, and will “participate in research projects alongside MPFI scientists, prepare a written scientific abstract based on their research project and deliver a short presentation at the end of the summer.” The application process requires, among other components, a resume and essay response. 

Broad Summer Scholars Program (United States)

Application closes January 24, 2020

The BSSP is for rising high school seniors living in the greater Boston area that are interested in obtaining a research opportunity. Students are matched with Broad Institute scientists based on their interested area of study, and will not only be able to experience research, but also watch lectures, present their work in a poster session, and network with students who share similar areas of interest. 

NIH Summer Internship Program (United States)

Application closes February 1, 2020

This program is only for US Citizens. High school applicants generally must be entering their senior year. In addition to experiencing research, there will also be presentation opportunities and other learning experiences. 

Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

Amgen Scholars Program (International)

Applications closes February 3, 2020

The Amgen Scholar Program hosts summer research programs for undergraduate students from any university in the following regions: United States, Europe, Asia, Canada, Australia. Select universities from each region host the programs, seminars, and symposiums, allowing participants to  work full-time under a research scientists. Majors are not given preference, and financial support is available. 

University of Sydney – IES Study Abroad (Australia)

Application closes April 15, 2020

For students living in Australia, the IES program at the University of Sydney may be a potential opportunity for holiday months. Prospective students can explore this institution, and participate in science experiences there. 

Learning Resources

The Journal for Student Science and Technology (JSST)

The Journal for Student Science and Technology is a peer-reviewed journal focusing on the review and publication of student ideas. High school, university, and college students are able to register for an account and make submissions for topics such as “physical and life sciences, engineering, mathematics and informatics, biology and environmental studies, social sciences and humanities, and more.” The journal is published online by the Foundation for Student Science and Technology. 

Upcoming Competitions 

International Brain Bee – High School Only

The Brain Bee is the world’s premier competition to demonstrate your knowledge in neuroscience. Hosted by various host institutions around the world, competitors who win their local Brain Bees are eligible to advance to the national and potentially international level. In order to participate, check your local universities to see if any host a Brain Bee.