St. Bonaventure University

High School Student Research Program

Two students with a research poster Courtney Fox (left), a junior biochemistry major at SBU and a research fellow in the university's Dr. Arnold T. Borer Summer Research Program for 2021, and Aleicia Zhu, a student at Monmouth County Vocational School District's Biotechnology High School in New Jersey, with a poster depicting research they conducted in the 2021 High School Student Research Program.

Authentic research with faculty mentors

Are you a high school junior or sophomore interested in pursuing a STEM career and wanting to go to college? Then consider a research experience by working with St. Bonaventure University faculty on an authentic research project.

Your research experience will take place on the SBU campus, pending university policy approval. A faculty mentor will work with you on a cutting-edge science topic. Scientists from different STEM fields will share their insights into your future career paths and give you advice on how to prepare for your future success remotely.

You will conclude your research experience by presenting your own project as a poster. Here, you will hone your science communication skills and make your family proud. Throughout the program you will have the opportunity to bond with peers who have the same interest in STEM and passionate scientists who whom you interact.

Program Eligibility

Applicants for the summer program must be entering their junior or senior year of high school in the school year following the summer program they wish to attend.

Depending on campus policies for COVID prevention, accepted participants may be required to present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result before coming onto the SBU campus, etc.

This is not a residential program. No on-campus housing accommodations are available for the program.

Summer of 2022 program dates

Dates of the 2022 High School Student Research Program will be announced in the spring of 2022. Please return to this website often for updates. Meanwhile, interested students may start gathering required application information, which is outlined below.


Application Submission

To apply for the summer research program, students should prepare the following:

  1. An unofficial copy of your high school transcript
  2. A one-page personal statement describing why you want to apply to this program
  3. Rank your top three areas of interest from a list of research areas. These will be announced early in 2022. Please return to this site for updates.
A 2022 program application deadline will be announced. Application materials may be submitted electronically to:
Dr. Xiao-Ning Zhang
Professor of biology, director of the biochemistry program
Email Dr. Zhang
Phone: (716) 375-2485

View photos from past programs

Photos from previous years' student research programs are available for viewing and for download on our university Flickr site. Click on a particular year below to access its Flickr folder. (Note: The 2020 program was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.):

Program supporters

Support for the High School Student Research Program has come from the following donors:
  • The National Science Foundation
  • SBU Keenan Grant
  • Cutco Corp.
  • The Kim family
  • The Wood family
  • Corning, Inc.
  • Western New York STEM Hub
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • C-A Teacher Center
  • Olean Medical Group
  • Salamanca CSD
  • Olean CSD
  • The Fan family