CDC Disease Detective Camp (DDC)

Applications for the 2017 CDC Museum Disease Detective Camp are now open. Please click here to read the Camp FAQ. There you will find the application download. The CDC Disease Detective Camp is an educational program started by CDC′s David J. Sencer CDC Museum in 2005 as a mechanism for developing a public health camp curriculum for state and county health departments. The camp is open to upcoming high school juniors and seniors and is held at CDC’s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

High School Scientific Training and Enrichment Program (HiSTEP)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Intramural Training & Education and Office of Scientific Workforce Diversity announce the new High School Scientific Training and Enrichment Program (HiSTEP). The goal of HiSTEP is to expand the pipeline of students interested in biomedical and healthcare careers by expanding opportunities for high school students from schools with a large population of financially-disadvantaged students. We encourage current high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in STEM-M (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medically-related) fields to apply.

HiSTEP students will take part in a 5-week, full-time summer internship. The internship will be located on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. HiSTEP students will explore the breadth of the scientific enterprise, the importance of biomedical research, and many STEM-M careers. They will complete workshops, lectures, and hands-on activities. Students will receive Transhare benefits to cover the cost of public transportation and a stipend of $2150 for the 5-week internship. Please visit the program’s website for more information and application:

Diversity in Vision Research and Ophthalmology (DIVRO) summer internship program.

The National Eye Institute (NEI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), is seeking exceptional candidates for its Diversity in Vision Research and Ophthalmology (DIVRO) summer internship program. The mission of the NEI is to conduct and support research that helps prevent and treat eye diseases and other visual disorders. Because we believe that a diverse group of scientists plays a crucial role in accomplishing this mission, NEI seeks to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in vision research by promoting career development opportunities for science students interested in pursuing a career in research or medicine.

The DIVRO program offers each participant the opportunity to work closely with leading research scientists in the Division of Intramural Research and provides students with hands-on training in a research environment that will prepare them to continue their studies and advance their careers in basic and clinical research.

The program supports students age sixteen and over who are enrolled at least half-time in high school or in an accredited U.S. college or university and have completed course work relevant to biomedical, behavioral, or statistical research. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and should have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) or science course GPA of 3.2 or better. Interns typically work 8-12 weeks at the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD or at the Twinbrook facility at Fishers Lane in Rockville, MD. Internships may begin between mid-May and the beginning of July. Stipend is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Interested candidates must apply through the NIH Summer Internship Program at and indicate the following information:

  • For Question #9 of the on-line application, Preferred Institute/Center (IC): National Eye Institute (NEI)
  • In your Cover Letter, please indicate your interest in the DIVRO program.

The National Science Foundation’s Historically Black Colleges and University Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) seeks to enhance the quality of undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at Historically Black Colleges and Universities as a means to broaden participation in the Nation’s STEM workforce. The program provides support for the implementation of comprehensive institutional strategies to strengthen STEM teaching and learning in ways that improve access to and retention of underrepresented groups in STEM disciplines.

The Summer Enrichment Institute is designed to provide students with a structured environment customized to enhance their academic performance in STEM courses and to expose them to the various STEM Careers. High school students participate in a variety of fun-filled, exciting and challenging activities that focus primarily on academic development, career development, and mentoring.

Activities are conducted using interactive group discussions, games, cooperative learning strategies, computer labs, invited guest speakers, field experiences, role playing, and hands-on approaches to help students apply a given strategy or concept.

SEI Enrollment Requirements: Underrepresented Minority (African American, Hispanic, Native American, female, etc…) Rising sophomore, junior or senior in high school with at least a 3.0 GPA Commitment to completing SEI.

This program has 9 participating institutions:

  • Clark Atlanta University (Lead)
  • Lawson State Community College (Lead)
  • Atlanta Metropolitan College
  • Georgia State University
  • J.F. Drake State Technical College
  • Morehouse College
  • Paine College
  • Spelman College
  • University of West Georgia

Please visit the program’s website for additional information and application:

The AgDiscovery Summer Program is an outreach program to help students learn about careers in agriculture and related sciences, including animal science, veterinary  medicine, agribusiness and plant pathology. This 2-3 week program allows participants to live on a college campus and learn about Agricultural science from university professors, practicing veterinarians and professionals working for the U.S. Government. Students chosen to participate in AgDiscovery will gain experience through hands-on labs, workshops, field trips and other group and team building activities. Please visit the program’s website for additional information and application:

The Tuskegee University AgriTREK and SciTREK Summer Institutes are residential two -week summer outreach experiences in agricultural and related sciences, including engineering, biology, chemistry and more, that allow high school students the opportunity to gain valuable educational and career information through leadership training and experiential learning. Please visit the program’s website for additional information and application:

Application Requirements

  • Individuals can access the applications for AgriTREK/SciTREK and AgDiscovery below.
  • ALL applications (must be complete and signed) and supplemental documents should be received by the deadline. Selectees will be notified on or before April 30 if selected.
  • The programs will be held June 4-17, 2017.

    ***Please check back for application availability in early December for the summer 2017 program*** (

Channeling Atmospheric Research into Educational Experiences Reaching Students (CAREERS) is a national program. CAREERS consist of a network of summer science camps with a primary focus on Atmospheric/Weather and Climate Sciences for high school (HS) students.

The weather camp is supported by funds from the NOAA Educational Partnership Program for Minority Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI) through the NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences (NCAS) at Howard University. NCAS CAREERS Weather Camps are free of charge.

Participating Institution(s):

  • Howard University (Lead)
  • Jackson State University
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Universidad de Puerto Rico, Mayagüez
  • University of Texas, El Paso

Please visit the program’s website for additional information and application:

Auburn University hosts over 100 summer programs designed to educate and inspire youth in a variety of academic, athletic, and extracurricular endeavors. Participants have the opportunity to further their education and skills while making new friends and experiencing life at Auburn University!

Participants will meet students from across the country while experiencing life at Auburn first-hand. The program has hosted over 630 students from 30 states, the Caribbean, and Europe.

Camp tuition fees are all inclusive and cover all instruction, housing, meals, transportation fees, recreational activities, as well as a camp t-shirt and photo.

Some of the Academic Enrichment Camps at AU are:

  • AU Brain Camp
  • Aviation Camp
  • Computer Science For All Girls (CS4ALL-G) Camp
  • COSAM Robotics Academy
  • COSAM Science Matters
  • COSAM Summer Science Institute
  • Cyber Security Engineering Camp
  • Dance Intensive
  • Engineering: Alabama Power Academic Excellence Program (for incoming freshmen)
  • Engineering: SR TIGERS Engineering Camp
  • Engineering: Women in Engineering Camp
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture Camp
  • Food Science Camp
  • Forestry Camp
  • Jr. Sports Science Camp
  • Musical Theatre Camp
  • Robotics and Game Development
  • Veterinary Camps: JR and SR

Please visit the program’s website for more detailed information and application:

The Institute on Neuroscience (ION/Teach) is an eight-week summer program, sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and hosted by Georgia State University, Emory University, and the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. The program is seeking high school students who excel in science, as well as for middle and high school teachers.

The program will kick off with a Saturday workshop in May (date to be determined). Then during a 1-week introductory curriculum, ION Scholars (both students and teachers) learn about neuroscience through hands-on activities, discussions and readings directed by faculty members, post-doctoral researchers and undergraduate and graduate students. Scholars may also visit research facilities to learn about various techniques, such as positron emission tomography (PET) scanning or electron microscopy. Special workshops throughout the summer focus on scientific communication, science and society, scientific ethics and special topics in neuroscience. Teachers will devote Friday mornings to lesson plan development, while students focus on scientific writing.

Please visit the program’s website for more detailed information and application: