St. Bonaventure University

High School Student Research Program

Two smiling students doing plant researchAre 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.

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Program dates, deadlines & registration

The program features one on-one research opportunities with SBU faculty, various STEM career talks, and a project-completion poster presentation and celebration.
  • Program Dates: Monday, July 19 — Friday, July 30, 2021 (two weeks)
    Half-day, in-person, with SBU faculty
    Half-day online from home
  • Application Deadline: Friday, April 16, 2021
  • Announcement of Acceptance: Friday, May 7, 2021

Program Eligibility

Applicants must be completing their high school sophomore or junior year in summer of 2021.

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

This is not a residential program, Due to the ongoing pandemic, no housing accommodations will be available for the program.

Application Submission

To apply, 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 any of the following: biochemistry, bioinformatics, chemistry, cyber physical systems, molecular genetics, neuroscience
Please send your application materials electronically to:
Dr. Xiao-Ning Zhang
Professor of biology, director of the biochemistry program
Phone: (716) 375-2485

View photos from past camps

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:

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