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Summer Research Institute

Research opportunities for high school and college students.

Summer Research HS-MACA

The HS-MACA/CPHHE Summer Research Institute at Creighton University introduces high school students and college students to research and prepares them for careers in the health sciences through biomedical research and community-based research. 

Students are paired with either a university faculty member who involves the student in an ongoing research project or with a community organization where the student will design and conduct community-based participatory research along with the site manager. 

The program concludes with a colloquium (oral and poster presentations) of their experiments. The purpose of the HS-MACA/CPHHE Summer Research Institute is to promote diversity in research and to build knowledge on research regarding various health disparities.



    • Hands-on research experience
    • Active mentorship from professors/site mentors
    • Increased knowledge of health disparities
    • Featured in weekly newsletter
    • Presentation and public speaking preparation and experience
    • Group career and social enhancement
    • Monetary Stipend
    • Additional presentations locally and nationally
    Diversity Research

    The HS-MACA/CPHHE Undergraduate Biomedical Research Program enhances college science education and increases the number of underrepresented minority students who are interested and qualified to pursue careers in the biomedical sciences through conducting kinesthetic laboratory research in various biomedical fields.  Students are paired with Creighton University faculty and researchers to conduct ongoing research under the supervision of a faculty mentor.

    Program Description

    • Program Duration: Eight (8) weeks
    • Program Timeline:  June 7, 2021 – July 30, 2021
    • Monetary Stipend: $2,000
    • Continuous Education: Six (6) Friday Health Disparities Training Sessions
    • Presentation: Colloquium (Oral and Poster Presentations) on July 30, 2021
    • Career Field/Social Outings: College World Series Home Run Derby, Mid Program Dinner, Omaha Jazz on the Green, and Juneteenth Parade (pending COVID-19 restrictions)
    • Mentor Research Focus Areas: Cancer Biology, Cell Biology, Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, and Public Health


    Students are required to have the following qualifications to participate:                          

    • A student must have a 3.0 or better grade average
    • Current Sophomore, Junior, Senior college academic standing at time of application (Spring 2021)
    • Copy of college academic transcripts (unofficial or official) *Note: Do not send a link to us to retrieve your transcripts, i.e. Clearinghouse, etc.  Download your own transcripts and send us a copy via email to or via mail.
    • Two Letters of Recommendation (Recommenders will be sent a separate link to submit)
    • Living arrangement within the Omaha area for program duration - no accommodations are provided by the program, department or university
    • If you have any questions about requirements or documents, please contact us at

    The HS-MACA/CPHHE High School Public Health Camp is a new initiative that provides enrichment to underrepresented minority high school students, generates hands-on and virtual public health and community-based learning exercises, and encourages youth to learn about and to participate in public health research in health disparities. Students will attend various workshops and learning exercises to help cultivate the various avenues of public health and basic community-based participatory research practices. Student objectives include: learning and understanding public health, developing surveys, examining data, community mapping, policy recommendations and public health field work/trips.

    Program Description

    • Program Duration: Four (4) weeks
    • Program Timeline:  June 7, 2021 – July 2, 2021
    • Monetary Stipend: $400
    • Presentation: Colloquium (Oral Presentations) on July 2, 2021
    • Career Field/Social Outings: Catholic Health Initiatives Hospital Tour, College World Series Home Run Derby, Omaha Jazz on the Green (pending COVID-19 restrictions)


    • Must have a 2.5 or better grade point average
    • Sophomore, Junior or Senior academic standing at time of application (Spring 2021)
    • Copy of academic transcripts (unofficial or official)
    • Two (2) letters of recommendation
    • Living arrangements within the Omaha area for program duration - no accommodations are provided by the program, department or university

    The American Chemical Society (ACS) will be hosting a nationwide Project SEED Virtual Summer Camp. Approximately 450 students will be selected to participate in this four-week program starting on Monday, June 21st and ending on Friday, July 30th. Students will be assigned to virtual cabins with 7-11 other Project SEED students. Each cabin will be led by two Cabin Leaders, current college and graduate students in chemistry-related majors. Groups of 2-4 cabins will make up a campsite, led by one of our Project SEED Coordinators and Mentors. The camp will include a combination of interactive webinars, panels, discussions, and assignments that will:

    • Help you better understand the research basics 
    • Expose you to various areas of chemistry, potential chemistry-related careers, and chemistry-related research 
    • Develop your writing abilities, professionalism, and prepare you for either the college application process, or first year of college

    Program Description

    • Additional Information and Application:
    • Program Duration: Six (6) Weeks
    • Program Timeline:  June 21, 2021 – July 30, 2021
    • Monetary Stipend: $1,000 (funded by the American Chemical Society – Check the website frequently)

    How to Apply

    1. Get your parent or guardian’s permission to participate
    2. Complete the online application at 
    3. Be prepared to upload an unofficial high school transcript and respond to three short answer questions
    4. Upload your financial eligibility documents

    Eligibility Criteria

    • Family income must not exceed 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines Federal Poverty Guidelines
    • Must be a current high school sophomore, junior, or senior
    • Must have taken (or are currently taking) a chemistry course
    • Must have an interest in chemistry/science
    • Laptop or internet access not required, ACS can provide assistance
    • Previous attendees are eligible to participate again

    A Typical Day at Camp

    • Camp activities will be held Monday through Friday. 
    • Attendees should plan to spend ~25 hours per week for online activities, group discussions, and independent assignments 
    • Required online discussions on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for ~2 hours sometime between 9am and 1pm local time 
    • National webinars will be held in the afternoons Monday - Friday sometime between 1pm and 5pm local time


    Undergraduate Biomedical 

    • Applications Open: February 5, 2021
    • Application Closing Date: March 8, 2021
    • Notice of Interview: March 12, 2021
    • Interviews: March 15, 2021 – March 26, 2021
    • Acceptance Notice: April 2, 2021
    • SRI Program Begins: June 7, 2021
    • SRI Colloquium and End: July 30, 2021

    High School Public Health Camp

    • Applications Open: February 5, 2021
    • Application Closing Date: April 5, 2021
    • Notice of Interview: April 9, 2021
    • Interviews: April 12, 2021 – April 23, 2021
    • Acceptance Notice: April 30, 2021
    • SRI Program Begins: June 7, 2021
    • SRI Colloquium and Program End: July 02, 2021

    High School Project SEED Virtual Summer Camp

    • Applications Open: April 2021 (Check for application details)
    • Application Closing Date: Check for application details
    • Acceptance Notice: Will be notified directly from the American Chemical Society
    • Project SEED Virtual Camp Begins: June 21, 2021
    • Project SEED Virtual Camp Ends: July 30, 2021