High School and Summer Programs

Focusing Research on the Border Area (FRONTERA) Border Health Scholars Program
FRONTERA Border Health Scholars is a 10-week summer program for undergraduate students. Explore public health disparities in the U.S.-Mexico border region, get practical, hands-on research experience in research, and build relationships with experienced scientists, researchers and public health professionals!

Med-Start Summer Program
Med-Start is a summer program for Arizona high school students interested in medicine, health care or the health sciences. The program is six weeks long, and takes place during the summer between your junior and senior years. Med-Start is held on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, and is run by our UA Health Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Curious about Med-Start? Here are some reasons to participate:

  • Earn college credit from a college-level English course
  • Earn college credit from the Introduction to Chemistry Lab course
  • See and take part in activities like medical examinations and science experiments
  • Learn about all kinds of health careers from professionals who want to answer your questions
  • Tour some of the best health care and research facilities in the nation

As an incoming freshman, New Start was the best choice I could have ever made. I come from a small town and none of my close friends came to the U of A with me. I was basically alone trying to become familiar with the campus and all its resources. New Start made the transition a lot easier for me. In New Start I was able to make new friends, become familiar with the campus and have a great time that summer. I also learned plenty of useful tips for how to survive in college. It was so much fun and it made coming into my first semester that much smoother. If I could go back, I would. I recommend it to any incoming freshman.

Melody — Nogales, AZ — Class of  2013 

New Start Summer Program
New Start is a summer program that helps incoming freshmen move successfully from high school to college.

As a New Start student, you'll learn the ins and outs of the University while making friends and connections across campus. You will also:

  • Earn 6-7 units of academic credit, putting you half a semester ahead of other freshmen
  • Meet over 300 new freshmen
  • Live in an on-campus residence hall
  • Get to know multiple University faculty and staff members
  • Learn about the many campus resources that are available to assist you
  • Get involved in the organizations and on-campus activities that matter the most to you

Summer Institute on Medical Ignorance
The Summer Institute on Medical Ignorance helps expose high school students and teachers to basic and clinical science. Build your research skills, learn to communicate clearly and refine your problem-solving skills!

Twenty-five students each year are awarded paying research apprenticeships in the Arizona Health Sciences Center. 

The Summer Institute on Medical Ignorance is linked to the College of Medicine's Curriculum on Medical Ignorance. This program focuses primarily on students and teachers from disadvantaged environments.

Other programs

We are always expanding our educational programs for K-12 and high school students.

Find more summer programs here, including: