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High School Summer Program

Join our program for graduating high school seniors interested in health professions.

The Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation sponsors a High School Summer Program in Biomedical Sciences at the School of Health Professions. This seven-week exploratory program is for college-bound students that have recently graduated from a Texas high school.

Who should apply?Current Texas high school seniors that will graduate in the Spring of 2016 and enter college in the Fall semester of 2016.
What is the application process?New applications are accepted from November 30, 2016 through January 18, 2016. The review of completed applications occurs in February, and selections shortly afterwards. Invitees are notified the last week in March.
Why the King Foundation Summer Program?Participants experience various laboratory techniques, engage in a research project, and explore the fields of Clinical Laboratory Science, Cytogenetic Technology, Cytotechnology, Diagnostic Imaging, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Histotechnology, Medical Dosimetry, Molecular Genetic Technology, and Radiation Therapy.
When is the seven-week program?The program runs from early June through late July every summer.
June 6- July 22, 2016

For seven weeks, participants will interact with School of Health Professions faculty five days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in state-of-the art School of Health Professions facilities, located within The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The program offers hands-on experiences in college-level molecular, cellular, and microbiological laboratory techniques, as well as in-depth workshops in Medical Dosimetry, Radiation Therapy and Diagnostic Imaging

Throughout the program, participants will become aware of the variety of professional and graduate academic career paths associated with the nine Bachelor of Science programs in the School of Health Professions.

Participants will have the opportunity to tour MD Anderson and other Texas Medical Center facilities. Also, participants are welcome to attend the MD Anderson Summer Experience College Program Lecture Series. At the conclusion of the program, participants will share their experiences during a celebration luncheon.   Participants will approach their upcoming college term with an increased awareness and confidence in health professions career fields.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for the program, students must have completed their senior year at a Texas high school prior to the start of the program. This is a competitive program and a review committee will evaluate each application for a demonstration of scientific aptitude, a record of academic achievement, and an interest in pursuing an undergraduate or graduate career in a professional health care field.


Participants in the program will receive a stipend for the seven-week period. This stipend is not a salary and is meant solely to subsidize cost of living expenses for students so that they may participate in the program. The stipend is considered income and subject to all applicable taxes and fees.


For participants whose permanent residence is more than a 20-mile distance from the School of Health Professions (The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030), the Summer Program will consider providing dormitory housing at nearby Rice University.

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Online Application

Applications for Summer 2016:

  • New application submissions begin Monday, November 30, 2015
  • No new applications accepted after Monday, January 18, 2016

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If you have questions or would like more information:


Mailing Address

High School Summer Experience
MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Blvd., Unit 0002
Houston, TX 77030

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