Participants in the 2023 High School Student Research Program

St. Bonaventure University

High School Student Research Program

Authentic research with faculty mentors

Student researchersAre 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 completing their sophomore or junior year of high school before summer 2024.

This is not a residential program. However, on-campus housing options are available. For students who need housing accommodations during the program, please contact Dr. Zhang for details.

Summer of 2024 program 

  • Application Deadline: : Friday, April 5, 2024 
  • Announcement of Acceptance: Friday, April 19, 2024       
  • Program Dates: Monday, July 15 – Friday, July 26, 2024 (2 weeks)


Application Submission

The following are requirements for application to the 2024 program.

  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 the following topics: Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, biopsychology, Electrochemistry, Engineering, Materials Chemistry, Mathematics, Molecular Genetics, Spectroscopy, Synthetic Chemistry
  4. A $250 program fee is required when acceptance is confirmed.
Application materials may be submitted electronically (in the body of an email and attachments) to: Dr. Xiao-Ning Zhang, professor of biology and director of the biochemistry program at SBU.
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