Programs for High School Students

Click below to be notified when applications open in late January for our 2024 Summer Programs
(SEP’s high school programs are only open to students from SFUSD, SF charter schools, or College Track San Francisco)
SEP offers several programs connecting high school students with UCSF scientists and health professionals.

For rising seniors

High School Intern Program

Through SEP’s High School Intern Program, SFUSD high school students learn how to conduct biomedical research during an 8-week paid summer internship at UC San Francisco. Students are matched with a scientist mentor who guides their learning of science content and skills to complete a unique research project.

For rising juniors

Teen Wellness Connection

The Teen Wellness Connection empowers teen leaders to understand and communicate about teen health issues. This 9-month program connects high school students with UCSF scientists and experts around health issues that directly affect teens. Under the guidance of UCSF staff, program participants plan and host a Teen Wellness Summit to inform and engage with their high school student peers.

Spring Event

Teen Wellness Summit

Join 150 high school students to gain knowledge, learn new skills, reduce stigma around mental health, get helpful resources, and have FUN!

Our 2023 Summit was held at City College San Francisco Ocean Ave and featured presentations on Supporting Friends, Nutrition and Body Image, Expressive Arts, Mindfulness, and more. 

For rising juniors, seniors, and high school science teachers

Cellular Construction Workshop

The Cellular Construction Workshop is a 10-day workshop that engages high school student and teacher teams in design challenges as they learn about cellular engineering.

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Thank You for Supporting SEP

All of SEP’s programs are offered free-of-charge. To do this work, SEP must annually raise nearly $2 million. Every donation brings us closer to that goal and helps to make this important work possible.

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