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High School Opportunities

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High School Student
Tim Zavarella, High School Scholar

Research Volunteer

Burke Medical Research Institute does not offer a formal research program for high school students. Some individual laboratories at the Burke Medical Research Institute occasionally have opportunities for high school students to contribute to their research programs during either the summer or academic year. These opportunities are typically volunteer positions and both the specific work schedule and type of research conducted by the student will vary among the different laboratories.

Application Process


Identify specific research programs that match your interest. Select your top three choices for lab/faculty in which you are interested.


Collect and gather the following documents in either a MS Word or PDF file format to upload to your application:

  • Transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable)


Prepare your write statements by previewing the online application:
PDF iconhigh-school-application-preview-02092017.pdf


Applications are no longer being accepted for Summer 2017. Please check back in Fall 2017 for research volunteer opportunities.

After its receipt, the Research Institute staff will evaluate the application and an attempt will be made to match students with a desired research program. We cannot guarantee that a match can be made. The matching process typically takes from 1 to 2 weeks. The Research Institute will contact you to notify whether a match has been either successfully made or not. If a match is made, you will be put in contact with an investigator from the laboratory to discuss the specific work schedule and type of research to be conducted. If a match cannot be made, high students are allowed to re-apply after 6 months.

If you have any question about the opportunities or the application process please send an email to studentresearch@burke.org.

Other Opportunities

We encourage students to also look for other opportunities at
The Rockefeller University