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2020 Virtual Summer Enrichment Program for high school students and recent high school graduates

The 2020 NIH Virtual Summer Enrichment Program includes several elements for high school students and recent high school graduates.

  • A career development series specifically tailored for high school students that will take place on Mondays from 3-4:30pm;
  • Other activities high school students and recent graduates might find of interest:
    • The “Becoming a Resilient Scientist” series on Wednesdays;
    • The “Science at Home” series on Fridays
    • The Summer Lecture Series
  • Resources

To read more about and register for any of the workshops listed below, please click on the registration link. All workshops are now close captioned and available as recordings on the OITE YouTube Channel.



Mondays: NIH CAREER DEVELOPMENT SERIES FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS and recent high school graduates

This series of workshops addresses topics of particular relevance to high school students and recent high school graduates. The goal is to help you develop skills that will serve you well regardless of what career you ultimately decide to pursue. Students who attend at least five workshops (or watch the recordings BY AUGUST 14th) will be eligible to receive a certificate of completion.  To watch the recordings you will need to register using the original link.  If you missed a session and you click on the link from your email, you will get a message that the webinar has ended; please re-register using the same name and email address.

The six workshops in the series are:

  1. Applying to College
  2. Leadership: Self-awareness and Relationships with Others
  3. Effective Communication in Research Environments
  4. Career Exploration
  5. Presenting Yourself: Resumes and Social Media
  6. Success in College

Workshop Descriptions:

  1. Applying to College (Monday, June 15, 2020; 3:00 -4:30 pm)
    As you start thinking about applying to college, you will want to figure out how to make your applications—and yourself—stand out. Learn about how to plan for and succeed in the application process. We will discuss how to choose and apply to college, find scholarships, write personal statements, and prepare a college interview. Register for workshop 1.
  2. Leadership: Self-Awareness and Relationships with Others (Monday, June 22, 2020, 3:00 – 4:30 pm)
    We each bring our unique personalities and work styles to the classroom, lab, workplace, and home. Understanding your style and appreciating that others have different styles can enhance your interactions and help you succeed. This workshop will explore differences in personalities and work styles that impact the way we communicate, take in information, make decisions, engage in conflict, learn, and plan our day. The workshop will include group activities and hands-on experiences related to working successfully in educational and research team environments. Register for workshop 2.
  3. Effective Communication in Research Environments (Monday, June 29, 2020; 3:00 -4:30 pm)
    Good communication is a key success factor in science and all careers. The workshop will cover both written (such as effective email requesting internships, classes, and informational interviews) and verbal (elevator talks) forms of communication. Register for workshop 3.
  4. Career Exploration (Monday, July 6, 2020; 3:00 – 4:30 pm)
    As you move on from high school to college you will face many choices, including what career path to take. Picking a career that fits your skills, interests, and values is an important part of long-term job satisfaction. We will discuss career options in the sciences and how to choose a career that suits you. Register for workshop 4.
  5. Presenting Yourself: Resumes and Social Media (Monday July 13, 2020; 3:00-4:30pm)
    Part of pursuing your career path is preparing documents to highlight the skills you have in order to get jobs or internships and gain access to colleges and programs. We will discuss preparing resumes and using social media effectively and wisely. Register for workshop 5.
  6. Success in College (Monday, July 27, 2020; 3:00 – 4:30 pm)
    The transition to college can be stressful. You are leaving behind your school, friends, family, and home, and going off to explore a new place, make new friends, learn new things, and set your own priorities. This workshop will provide you with skills for time management, study skills, finding mentors, and using resources. Register for workshop 6.

Other activities high school students and recent graduates might find of interest:


The “Becoming a Resilient Scientist” series on Wednesdays

A series of workshops and group discussions on Becoming a Resilient Scientist Series (9 weeks), which will cover wellness, imposter fears, assertiveness, feedback, and mentoring.

The “Science at Home” series on Fridays

Institutes and Centers of the NIH will present speakers and panels to introduce their science and the resulting career opportunities.


2020 Summer Lecture Series

The Connective Tissue Connection

Helene Langevin, MD
Director, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
June 23, 2020
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The HPV Vaccine Story: Conception to Impact

John Schiller, PhD
Distinguished Investigator, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute
July 29, 2020
2:30 – 3:30 pm




YouTube Playlist for Young Scientists

This resource includes videos on

  • reading a scientific paper,
  • keeping a lab notebook,
  • atending your first scientific meeting, and
  • getting comfortable with lab math