High School Research

The Science Park High School Research Program offers academically talented high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge scientific research under the direction of faculty mentors at the Science Park campus in Smithville, TX. 





"Lab Rats" Academic-Year Program

Students who participate in the Lab Rats program during the academic year are provided an opportunity to earn one science credit in a Texas Education Agency (TEA)-approved course called Scientific Research & Design. Academic-year participants are expected to devote at least 10 hours a week to the program for two semesters.

Summer Program in Cancer Research

A summer program is also offered for high school students in conjunction with the Summer Program in Cancer Research  (SPCR). During the summer, high school students participate in a variety of activities including a weekly lecture series developed and administered by postdoctoral fellows and the Scientific Symposium, where students present a 10-minute talk describing their research results. SPCR students are recruited for the Smithville campus, and are required to participate in all 10 weeks of the program, dedicating approximately 40 hours each week. The 2016 Summer Program will be from June 6, 2016 to August 12, 2016. A generous stipend is provided.

How to Apply

Internship Application

Academic year program: Now accepting applications from local high school students for the 2015-2016 academic year program. Applications may be sent to Ms. Chris Contreras at CMContreras1@mdanderson.org.  Please contact Chris via email or (512) 237-9425 if you have any questions.

Summer program: The application period for the 2016 Summer Program has ended.  The application period for the 2017 program will start in November.  Contact Ms. Chris Contreras at (512) 237-9425 or CMContreras1@mdanderson.org for more information.