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Summer Online Research Program

Thank you for your interest. Our 2022 session is full and we are no longer accepting applications.

The Online Research Program at UCI School of Medicine is a three-week mentored program designed to increase the exposure of high school students to research methods. The instructor is a member of the UCI School of Medicine faculty with coaches selected from UCI undergraduates or postgraduates majoring in areas related to biomedical research. All the activities will be held online, and the schedule is flexible to allow students work on assignments at their own pace. The students will get instruction via email, zoom meetings and/or podcast on how to complete the projects. At the completion of the program the students will be able to:

  • Understand the core concepts for responsible conduct of research involving human subjects
  • Understand the importance of evidence-based medicine
  • Learn how to critically evaluate the medical literature on a given topic
  • Write an organized research report
  • Submit an abstract to a national meeting where, if accepted, the student’s name will be listed as a co-author (subject to delays and cancellations related to the COVID-19 crisis)
  • Network with undergraduate and postgraduate coaches and get advice about college

Program Dates

  • Session June 27 - July 15, 2022

Tuition for the online program is $2,110. A $50 discount is available for those who register before Feb. 14, 2022.

Eligibility »

The Summer Online Research Program is open to high school students who:

  • Are 15 to 18 years of age
  • Have a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.3 out of 4
  • Are interested in research in the healthcare field
How to apply »

Thank you for your interest. Our 2022 session is full and we are no longer accepting applications. 

Please note that due to the high demand and interest in our program, and to ensure a fair process, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Qualified applicants who have submitted all of the necessary documents will be accepted on a first-come basis until we reach capacity. Priority will be given to those attending higher grades in high school.

  • Signed application confirmation (will be sent to you via email after you submit your online application)
  • A copy of your transcripts (can be unofficial, please send to
Scholarship Eligibility »

The Summer Online High School Research Program is committed to serving students regardless of their ability to pay. Full scholarships are available to qualified students from low-income families who attend high school in underserved areas of Southern California. Scholarship applicants are considered on a first-come, first-served basis and the number of scholarships offered per session is limited.

Learn more about the scholarship »

Interested in becoming a coach/mentor for this program?

Please visit our Coach/Mentor Opportunities page.


Contact the program coordinator at or contact the program director, Dr. Behnoosh Afghani, clinical professor of pediatrics, at