Jump Start (HHMI)

University of Maryland College Park
College Park, MD.
Type Basic Science Research, Clinical Research, Academic Enrichment, High School Students
Deadline March 15, 2012


The Jump Start Program will invite 100 rising high school juniors and seniors to participate in a week-long summer science immersion program at the University of Maryland. The program is jointly sponsored by the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, University of Maryland and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). HHMI supports programs that promote knowledge of the basic sciences and enhance the training of future biomedical scientists. Students considering a career in the sciences will have the opportunity to learn the tools of modern life sciences research and experience the excitement of discovery. In addition to carrying out laboratory investigations, students will participate in seminars and professional development workshops. The program is free for all participants.

There are three themes planned for the Summer 2012 Jump Start Program:

  • Biomedical Science (offered Sessions 1 & 2) Students will learn how cellular and molecular techniques are changing the way we diagnose and treat disease. The program includes a field trip. Due to the intensive nature of this session, we recommend that applicants have completed Advanced Placement biology or the equivalent.
  • Forensic Science (offered Session 1) Students will learn modern biological methodologies (including analytical chemistry, entomology, DNA electrophoresis) that are used to solve crimes.
  • Animal Behavior and Physiology (offered Session 2) This program will focus on the behavioral and physiological characteristics of animals that allow them to be successful in their respective environments. The program includes a field trip to the National Zoological Park.


Far more students apply for the program than can be accommodated, so we are unfortunately unable to consider applications from freshmen and seniors.

Participants will be selected on the basis of a personal statement, high school coursework and grade point average (GPA), SAT or PSAT scores (if available), and teacher recommendations. Recommendations may come from teachers in any discipline; they need not come from science teachers.

For the Biomedical Science sessions, applicants will also be evaluated on the strength of their preparation in the biological and chemical sciences.

More Information


Kaci Thompson
College of Chemical and Life Sciences, 1313 Symons Hall
College Park, MD 20742-5511
Phone: (301)405-3353
Fax: (301)405-5461