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High School Program in Biomedical Research

A Summer of Science for a Lifetime of Learning

Since 1994, Wistar’s High School Fellowship in Biomedical Research has offered high school students the hands-on opportunity to take part in experimental research projects in areas such as cancer biology, genetics, vaccine development, bioinformatics, and infectious diseases. This summer, students will learn biomedical laboratory techniques through curriculum based, real Wistar science in our new, state-of-the-art training lab. In addition, students will be introduced to valuable research skills including searching and reading scientific literature and effective science communication.


To be eligible for the program, students must be:

  • At least 16 years of age;
  • Enrolled in a science course; and
  • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Note: This Program gives preference and may be limited to students enrolled in the School District of Philadelphia. 

To Apply

Please check back in January for more details about the Summer 2023 program.

Contact Us

For more information about the High School Fellowship in Biomedical Research at The Wistar Institute, please contact:

Jason Diaz, Ph.D.
Education Program Director and Assistant Professor
The Wistar Institute
3601 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Cailey Bice
Education Program Coordinator
The Wistar Institute
3601 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104


The Wistar Institute gratefully acknowledges generous support for the High School Fellowship in Biomedical Research from:

Citizens Bank
Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation  
Pincus Family Foundation
The Scholler Foundation

High School Fellowship Program

“The High School Fellowship confirmed for me that I want a research career. It exposed me to the field I want to go into before college and gave me valuable experiences I could not have gotten elsewhere.”

A.L., Julia R. Masterman Laboratory & Demonstration School
Wistar High School Fellowship Graduate