Summer 2024 Programs For High Schoolers Still Accepting Applications

By Brandie Erickson April 17, 2024 BS/MD Admissions Consulting Press Summer Plans

Summer is often a time for students to refresh after a hard year of classes and extracurricular activities. However, for the many high schoolers who have their eyes on competitive colleges or programs, like Direct Medical Programs, they might be trying to maximize their potential by attending enriching summer programs. These programs offer students a wide range of hands-on opportunities to dive deeper into their desired career or major choice. Read more from our Forbes article below.

Summer programs also allow students to explore subjects that a traditional high school curriculum doesn’t cover. For example, students might be able to spend a few weeks doing research or writing a research article that can be published in a scientific journal.

Additionally, these programs help students branch out beyond their comfort zones and meet new people. Some in-person programs are held on college campuses, giving students a chance to see what life will be like away from home. Even virtual summer programs offer students the opportunity to step out of their comfort zone, make new friendships and learn how to navigate unfamiliar challenges independently.

However, many summer programs started accepting applications in December or January, with most closing applications in February or early March. Therefore, students who haven’t applied to summer programs yet or didn’t get into the ones they did apply to might be scrambling to find an alternative. Here are 11 summer programs that are still accepting applications.

10 Summer Programs Still Accepting Applications


1. Rosetta Institute of Biomedical Research

Location: Virtual

Dates: 6/10-6/21/24 (Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Medicine), 7/8-7/19 (Medicinal Chemistry) and 6/24-7/6 and 7/22-8/2 (Medical Bioinformatics)

Cost: Prices range from $430-$1,050 

Age requirements: 12-18 (Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Medicine), 14-18 (Medicinal Chemistry) and 14-18 (Medical Bioinformatics)

Deadline: Rolling

Overview: Three virtual online workshops are targeted at students who want an introduction to research and to learn how to use online tools to analyze biochemical data.


2. Belmont University Science Summer Camps

Location: Belmont University, Nashville, TN 

Dates: Varies dates throughout the summer

Cost: $425/week

Age requirements: Must be at least 14, with a 3.0 GPA

Deadline: Registration and Payment due by April 15, 2024

Overview: Belmont University Science Summer Camps have a variety of different camps available, including “Research Immersive Summer Experience in Data Science,” “Game Design and Programming,” “Applied Physics and Engineering at Work” and “From Brain to Behavior at Belmont.” Students are accepted on a rolling basis and each camp typically accepts up to 24 students. 


3. Rising Researchers

Location: Virtual 

Dates: 3 summer sessions are available: 5/21-6/20/24, 6/18-7/25, 6/26-7/27

Cost: $3,500; sign up by April 15 to save $400 

Age requirements: Rising 8th-grade through high school

Deadline: Rolling

Overview: In this summer program, a sister company of Moon Prep, students can explore a variety of research subjects. These include studying human diseases or microbiology through Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning algorithms and investigating social determinants of health in cardiovascular disease. Students collaborate with a seasoned research mentor within a small class group to write and publish a research paper. At the end of the program, participants showcase their research findings in a poster symposium attended by their peers and invited guests.


4. Lab Science Investigations Antimicrobial Resistance at Tufts University

Location: Tufts University, Medford, MA 

Dates:7/7 – 7/19/24

Cost: $5000 Commuter, $6,500 Residential

Age requirements: Entering grades 10-12, 1 year of Biology required

Deadline: May 1, 2024

Overview: During this in-person camp, participants will study antimicrobial resistance and practice laboratory research techniques like bacterial culture, PCR detection of antimicrobial resistance genes and maintaining lab records. By the end of the camp, students will complete a project or experiment in a selected research area of interest. 


5. University of Colorado Boulder Biomedical Research Bootcamp

Location: CU Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, Colorado

Dates: 6/10 – 6/21/24

Cost: $1,150

Age requirements: Grade 10-12

Deadline: May 31, 2024

Overview: This program introduces students to biomedical laboratory techniques and teaches ethics of research as students develop their own scientific research proposals. Students also get to meet scientists and visit cutting-edge facilities. Full scholarships are valuable on a first-come, first-served basis. 


6. Drexel University Neuroscience Camp

Location: Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Dates:7/9 – 7/19/24

Cost: $2,200

Age requirements: Rising high school juniors and seniors with a background in biology, chemistry or research. 

Deadline: April 15, 2024

Overview: Students who attend this program will build a foundational knowledge of neuroscience concepts and basic lab techniques. They will participate in lectures related to brain and spinal cord anatomy, cellular neuroscience, sensory processing, neuropathology, electrophysiology and more. 


7. HOYA Summer 1-Week Medical Academy at Georgetown University

Location: Georgetown University, Washington DC

Dates: June and July 2024

Cost: $3,549 (tuition, housing, and meals), $2,750 (commuter student tuition) 

Age requirements: Current or rising high school freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior during the academic year prior to your summer program

Deadline: May 15, 2024

Overview: Through the week-long camp, students will learn from Georgetown University medical school students and professors as they gain hands-on experience working in the suture lab, examining organs of human body donors, and more. They will also work with a patient simulator as they explore the latest in medical advances. 


8. Quinnipiac University Pre-Med Preparation: Medical Microbiology

Location: Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT

Dates: 7/22-7/26/24

Cost: $1,400 to $1,680

Age requirements: Current high school students, aged 15-18 years old

Deadline: June 2, 2024

Overview: During this in-person camp, students will learn more about microbiology and the strategies that researchers and medical professionals use to diagnose patients and develop new treatments. Students will also learn hands-on laboratory skills and techniques that are commonly used. 


9. University of Washington 2024 INSIGHT High School Program

Location: Online

Dates: 7/1 – 7/26/24

Cost: $2,200

Age requirements: Current 10th-12th graders

Deadline: May 20, 2024

Overview: This program is targeted for students who want more exposure to public health and eliminating health disparities. Throughout the four-week camp, they will conduct public health field research data collection and analysis as they complete a public health capstone project. They will also learn more about the importance of social justice related to individual and community health. 


10. Bethel College Summer Science Institute

Location: Online or Bethel College, North Newton, KS

Dates: 6/23 – 6/28/24 (In Person), 7/7 – 7/12(Online)

Cost: $50

Age requirements: Rising 10th-12th graders 

Deadline: April 15, 2024

Overview: During the program, students will be able to research in two different areas. The topics they can choose from include “Psychology of Film,” “Nutritional Chemistry,” “Protein Biochemistry” and “Molecular Genetics Methods. At the end of the camp, students will present their research topics.