Area Health Education Centers (AHEC)

Youth Programs Pre-College Programs

The Following is a summary of of the Pre-College Programs offered to high school student at the University of Utah. You may proceed to an area of interest by pressing the links below or browse the whole page by by scrolling down.

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Bioscience Program
Access
College of Science Day
Future Doctors Program
Intermountain Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (IJSHS)
Summer Chemistry Enrichment Program
Summer Mathematics Program
Health Professions Academy
Health Sciences Academy
Occupational Therapy - Career Day/Open House
Pre-Nursing Information Sessions
Preparatory Courses (ACT/SAT)
Upward Bound
Youth Academy of Excellence (YEA)
 

Bioscience Program

The Bioscience High School Summer Research Program is designed for Utah high school students who are finishing their junior or senior year.  It is an eight-week summer program in which students spend two weeks in a laboratory class and six weeks in a research lab.  Fee: No cost to the students.  For more information, please see our website at www.biology.utah.edu/undergraduate/research/hsprog.php or contact Theresa Nydam, Department of Biology at 581-5013.

Availability: SUMMER

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Access Program for Women in Science and Mathematics

The College of Science offers more than twenty-five $3,500 cash awards for the ACCESS Scholarship for Women in Science and Mathematics. The ACCESS Program provides a peer-support network and laboratory research experience during the first year of study at the U! During the summer prior to the first academic year, students will attend a seven-week integrated science course designed specifically for the ACCESS Program. Different subjects are taught each week by faculty from the four departments in the College of Science. During the spring semester, students are awarded a research position in one of hundreds of laboratories available across campus, based on their interests. Applications are available at high school counseling centers, or from math and science teachers. For application form and more information contact the College of Science at (801) 581-6958 or visit our website www.science.utah.edu

Availability: YEAR ROUND

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Science Day at the U

College of Science Day, an annual fall event, gives junior and senior high school students an up-close look at research conducted at the University of Utah.

The College of Science and College of Mines and Earth Sciences sponsor the annual event, Science Day at the U. All high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in Utah and Southern Idaho are invited to attend a full day of science-related workshops and academic advice. These interactive workshops with University professors give high school students a great look at laboratory research and career opportunities in science, math and engineering right in their own "backyard".  The event is absolutely free to students, parents and educators. Lunch is provided. For more information contact the College of Science at (801) 581-6958 or visit our website www.science.utah.edu.


Availability: Fall

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Future Doctors Program

Future Doctors, formerly named Young Doctors, was established to offer high school students a bird’s eye view of the medical profession. Initially the program was designed to simply offer a featured speaker from a medical specialty. The program drew an audience of approximately 15 students. Currently the program draws an audience of 100+ students from as far south as Provo and as far north as Ogden. The program continues to have guest speakers, but now offers a hands-on activity tied directly to the speakers’ specialty. Future Doctors takes place most every fourth Wednesday, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Contact Thuy Nguyen at 801-585-3724 for more information.

Future Doctors, will be held on Wednesdays from 3:00-5:00 PM on the following dates. Registration is required. Click on the register button below to be directed to the pdf registration form.

Click here to download a poster.

Medical and premed undergraduate students please click on the volunteer button to complete the pdf volunteer information form.

October 27, 2010
November 17, 2010
January 26, 2011
February 23, 2011
March 23, 2011
April 27, 2011

Register for Future Doctors Program


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Intermountain Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (IJSHS)

THE IJSHS is sponsored in cooperation with the US Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force, the Academy of Applied Sciences and the University of Utah. The primary aims of the IJSHS are to promote research and experimentation in the physical and social sciences, engineering, and mathematics at the high school level, and to publicly recognize students for outstanding achievement. Approximately 150 students and teachers from the 5 intermountain states (UT, ID, CO, MT & NV) are brought together for the opportunity to present original research.  Winners also compete in the national competition. Awards include scholarships of various amounts. The symposium is a three-day event.  Fee: $50 registration fee due upon application to attend - includes all meal and accommodations.  For more information, please contact contact information is Marti Frueh, Office of Student Recruitment at 801-585-8824 or mfrueh@sa.utah.edu or tgonzales@sa.utah.edu.

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Summer Chemistry Enrichment Program

This summer chemistry program is offered to qualified high school students who have completed either their junior or sophomore year, and has one or more years of chemistry completed. Eight hours of credit are awarded and will be applied toward University of Utah graduation requirements.  Fee: Regular tuition and fees, all participants are eligible to compete for scholarship assistance.  For more information, please contact Professor Ron Ragsdale, Department of Chemistry at 581-7621.

Availability: SUMMER

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Summer Mathematics Program

The Summer Mathematics Program for High School Students at the University of Utah provides outstanding students an opportunity to develop their talents to the fullest. By presenting intriguing puzzles, challenging problems and powerful ideas, the program stimulates curiosity, develops the intellect, and lays a strong foundation for future work in mathematics, the sciences, or science related careers.

* Participants will receive three university credits in mathematics (graded credit/no credit).
* Program costs for US citizens, nationals, and permanent residents are paid for by a National Science Foundation VIGRE grant and the U of U Department of Mathematics.
* Students who live far from the university may arrange to stay in the residence halls (there might be an additional cost).
* The prerequisite for the program is pre-calculus. Calculus is not required.
* Preference will be given to students between their junior and senior years.

For more information contact:
Angie Gardiner
(801) 585-9478
gardiner@math.utah.edu

Or visit www.math.utah.edu/hsp.


Availability: SUMMER

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Health Professions Academy

The Health Professions Academy is a partnership program between the Salt Lake City School District (SLCSD) and the University of Utah Health Sciences Center.  It is a unique college preparatory course sequence with emphasis on science and health professions and is co-sponsored by the SLCSD and the College of Health, Nursing, and Pharmacy, School of Medicine, Physician Assistant Program and University Hospital. The Health Professions Academy strives to provide high school students a solid, challenging and integrated curriculum with educational emphasis on science and the health professions, and a greater understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity within our community. High school students from SLCSD attend regular activities at the Health Sciences Center throughout the academic year.  This program is coordinated directly with the high school's anatomy/physiology courses. For more information, please contact the high school's health science administrators.

Availability: Limited to students enrolled in SLCSD high schools, during the academic year.

CREDIT (High school credit as part of ongoing health sciences and technology careers curriculum.)

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Health Sciences Academy

Health Sciences Academy is designed for students who wish to explore careers in the Health.  This program is intended for high school students from culturally diverse groups or any other underrepresented group.  Students are provided hands-on workshops one Saturday a month for several months. Faculty, staff and students from throughout the Health Sciences (the School of Medicine, the Colleges of Health, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Physician Assistant Program) volunteer to help in these learning experiences.  Fee: No cost to students. For more information, please contact Karen West, Office of the Senior Vice President of Health Sciences at 585-7008.

Availability: YEAR ROUND

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Occupational Therapy - Career Day/Open House

The   Division of Occupational Therapy  hosts monthly information sessions (see website for location and date information).  Open houses and career days in which high school students are invited to attend and participate are hosted by Occupational Therapy students upon request.  There is no cost for either of these events.  For more information, please visit our website www.health.utah.edu/ot or contact Kelly Brown at 585-9135.

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Pre-Nursing Information Sessions

Prospective students must attend an information session before making an appointment to meet individually with the Pre-Nursing or Nursing Advisor. (Exceptions may be made for out-of-state students and distance students.)


Availability: click here for schedule


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PRE-COLLEGE ACADEMIC PROGRAMS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Preparatory Courses (ACT/SAT)

Preparation courses for ACT and SAT exams are available to high school students (grades 9 - 12). The courses are offered on the U of U campus as well as selected schools in the area.  Enrollment varies depending on school. Fees vary. For more information, please contact Youth Education at 581-6984.

Availability: SUMMER, FALL AND SPRING SEMESTER

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Upward Bound

Upward Bound is a college preparation program for eligible high school students. These students must come from low-income families or be potential first generation college students and be enrolled in grades 9 or 10 at East, Highland, Kearns or West High Schools. These students must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States and have the desire to prepare for and succeed in college. During the school year students participate in academic counseling, career awareness, workshops, tutoring, community service and social activities. The summer includes an intensive academic program on the University of Utah campus.  Fee: No cost to students. For more information, please contact Kathryn Felker, TRIO/Educational Opportunity Programs, Upward Bound Project at 581-7188.

Availability: YEAR ROUND

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Youth Academy of Excellence (YEA)

YEA is designed to give highly motivated students the opportunity to join with other academically skilled students summer workshops on the University of Utah campus. For more information, please visit our website http://continue.utah.edu/youth/yae
Availability: SUMMER


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