Research for High School Students

There are many opportunities for high schools students to explore research at Rutgers. Here are are few places to start:

Waksman Student Scholars Program

The Waksman Student Scholars Program (WSSP) provides opportunities for high school students and their teachers to conduct an authentic research project in molecular biology and bioinformatics and publish their findings. This is a year-long program that begins each year with summer Institutes for teachers and one or two of their students. It continues back at each high school during the academic year, when more students can become involved in the research project. In the course of these studies, students, teachers, and research scientists work together on a genuine research problem. By actually doing science, students gain an understanding of how science operates and are encouraged to continue their education and careers in a science discipline.

Pre-College Programs

Pre-college programs enhance college awareness, provide extracurricular enrichment and increase the academic preparedness of students currently attending elementary, middle, and high school (grades K-12).

Summer Scholars Program

If you are an ambitious and high achieving high school junior (or younger), you may apply to take up to two introductory-level college courses at Rutgers—New Brunswick this summer!

Summer Programs at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Both the Mini Medical School for High School Students: Achieving Excellence in the Sciences and The Summer Science Scholars' Academy are offered through RWJMS.

Young Scholars Program in Discrete Mathematics

The Rutgers Young Scholars Program in Discrete Mathematics is a summer program for mathematically talented high school students. It provides a mathematically rich environment to high school students interested in mathematics, and is designed to encourage them to consider careers in the mathematical sciences.

Toxicology, Health & Environmental Disease High School Summer Program

The Toxicology, Health & Environmental Disease (THED) High School Summer Program is a highly intensive program requiring active involvement of participants. Students will participate in a variety of laboratory activities such as DNA isolation, PCR, cell culture, gel electrophoresis, enzyme activity measurement, and microscope slide staining, in addition to discussions about careers in medicine, pharmacy, toxicology, environmental science, and research. This summer program is open to highly motivated high school students interested in the biomedical and environmental sciences, entering the 10th, 11th or 12th grade in the fall of 2015. Participants must have completed at least one high school biology course.