Program information

Pursue Research in:

  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical laboratory research
  • Physics
  • Psychology

With hands-on research opportunities in the fields of astronomy, biology, chemistry, biomedical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, medical laboratory research, physics, and psychology, the high school summer Research Internship in Science & Engineering (RISE) program provides an opportunity to explore, in depth, the many facets of university-level research.

In this six-week honors program, academically motivated rising seniors conduct research for forty hours per week under the guidance of a faculty member, postdoctoral fellow, or graduate student mentor.

Research interns are fully immersed in a new or ongoing research project, starting with analysis of the project through readings and learning experimental techniques; continuing with intensive laboratory research; and culminating in data analysis, and a RISE poster symposium. In some cases, research interns submit their work to national science fair contests such as the Siemens Competition and the Intel Science Talent Search.

Throughout the six weeks, students participate in weekly workshops with the RISE Coordinator that provide insight on the scientific process, research ethics, how to read a research paper, how to make a poster, and how to network in the science and engineering fields. There are also sessions on college admission strategies and pre-professional health programs.