High School Summer Program

MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX.
Type Academic Enrichment, Basic Science Research, High School Students


The Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation High School Summer Program in Biomedical Sciences at the School of Health Professions is a seven-week research program for college-bound students graduating from Texas high schools.

Participants will work with School of Health Professions faculty five days a week, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm in the state-of-the art School of Health Professionsfacilities, located within The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The program offers seven weeks of hands-on experience in mastering college-level molecular, cellular and microbiological laboratory techniques, as well as participating in in-depth workshops in Medical Dosimetry, Radiation Therapy and Diagnostic Imaging.

Emphasis is placed on the importance of the basic principles that form the foundation for scientific investigation and diagnostic testing. Throughout the seven-week program, participants will become aware of the variety of professional and graduate academic career paths associated with the nine Bachelor of Science programs that make up the School of Health Professions.

Participants will have the opportunity to tour MD Anderson and other Texas Medical Center facilities and are welcome to attend the MD Anderson Summer Experience College Program Lecture Series. At the conclusion of the seven weeks, students will share their experiences during a last-day celebration and luncheon, and will approach their upcoming college term with increased proficiency and confidence.


Current Texas high school Seniors who plan to enter college for the upcoming academic year.

To qualify for the program, students must have completed their senior year at a Texas high school prior to the start of the program. This is a competitive program and a review committee will evaluate each application for a demonstration of scientific aptitude, a record of academic achievement, and an interest in pursuing an undergraduate or graduate career in a professional health care field.