5 Summer Programs for Teens Interested in Research

Is your student curious, like really curious? These 5 summer programs are a great fit for students interested in research. Your student will get a taste of the excitement of academic research and develop their skills in preparation for college. 

Clark Scholars Program

Program info – 7-week paid research program at Texas Tech. Lots of alumni have gone on to win Siemens and Intel STS awards. The Anson L. Clark Scholar Program is an intensive seven week summer research program for twelve highly qualified high school juniors and seniors.

Grades eligible – Current 11th- and 12th-graders only.



Program info – Polygence is a selective online academy giving a unique edge to students in their academic endeavors through research projects guided by top academics. It is an online research academy founded by Harvard, MIT and Stanford researchers dedicated to democratizing access to research opportunities for high school students.

Grades eligible – Middle school to High school


Pioneer Academics

Program info – The Pioneer Research Program is the only online U.S.- college credit-bearing research program for high school students that offers STEM, social sciences, and humanities disciplines with 28 research areas to choose from. Students selected into Pioneer will receive two college credits if they pass the program. The groundbreaking collaboration between Pioneer Academics and Oberlin College ensures that the quality of the research mentorship is held to the highest standards in order to qualify for college credit.

Grades eligible – High school


Lumiere Education 

Program info – Lumiere provides students with the opportunity to work with Ph.D. researchers from top institutions around the world, explore areas of interests beyond the classroom, and get a step ahead for college and grad school.

Grades eligible – 8th grade onwards 


Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program (SIMR) 

Program info – SIMR is an eight-week program in which high school students from diverse backgrounds are invited to perform basic research with Stanford faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students and researchers on a medically-oriented project. The goals of the program include increasing interest in biological sciences and medicine in high school students, helping students to understand how scientific research is performed, and increasing diversity of students and researchers in the sciences.

Grades eligible – Junior or Senior in high school

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