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High School Summer Program

Join our program for graduating high school seniors interested in biomedical sciences.

The Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation High School Summer Program in Biomedical Sciences at the School of Health Professions is a seven-week research program for college-bound students graduating from Texas high schools.

Who should apply?     Current Texas high school Seniors who plan to enter
college for the upcoming academic year
Why the King Foundation Summer Program?Enables participants to master Advanced Diagnostic
and Therapeutic Laboratory techniques and explore
the fields of Radiation Therapy, Medical Dosimetry,
and Diagnostic Imaging
When is the seven-week program?Each summer (June-July)

Participants will work with School of Health Professions faculty five days a week, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm in the state-of-the art School of Health Professions facilities, located within The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The program offers seven weeks of hands-on experience in mastering college-level molecular, cellular and microbiological laboratory techniques, as well as participating in in-depth workshops in Medical Dosimetry, Radiation Therapy and Diagnostic Imaging.

Emphasis is placed on the importance of the basic principles that form the foundation for scientific investigation and diagnostic testing. Throughout the seven-week program, participants will become aware of the variety of professional and graduate academic career paths associated with the nine Bachelor of Science programs that make up the School of Health Professions.

Participants will have the opportunity to tour MD Anderson and other Texas Medical Center facilities and are welcome to attend the MD Anderson Summer Experience College Program Lecture Series. At the conclusion of the seven weeks, students will share their experiences during a last-day celebration and luncheon, and will approach their upcoming college term with increased proficiency and confidence.

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.


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 2015 programs will be accepted from December 1, 2014 through midnight CST on January 16, 2015.



If you have questions or would like more information:


Mailing Address

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

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