Science Education Department

Research Training Program for High School Students

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2021 Research Training Program (cancelled)

After lengthy and careful consideration regarding the safety of our students and staff, we have decided to cancel the in-person Research Training Program (RTP) and instead host the summer program virtually. This decision is aligned with the best public health guidelines and practices for safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for your understanding.

If you have already submitted an RTP application, you will be contacted directly by the Science Education Department regarding next steps.

IMPORTANT! If you were planning to submit an RTP application before the original due date of April 4, and you meet all the original eligibility requirements of the RTP (see below), please email the Science Education Department before April 4 to discuss next steps.

Eligibility Criteria for the Research Training Program:

  • You are a current 10th grade (rising junior), 11th grade (rising senior), or 12th grade (graduating senior) high school student AND has not yet applied to college.
  • You are a resident of Western Washington.
  • You identify as underrepresented in the field of biomedical research. You may be underrepresented if you identify with one of the following statements:
    • I belong to a racial or ethnic group that is underrepresented in biomedical research. Examples include but are not limited to: Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander.
    • I have a disadvantaged background. For example:
      • I was/am in the foster care system and/or was/am homeless.
      • I was/am eligible for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program.
      • I had/have no parents or legal guardians who completed a bachelor’s degree.
      • I grew up in a rural area.
      • I experienced other factors that may be considered.

2021 Virtual Research Training Program (closed)

Furthermore, due to overwhelming demand, we have decided to close the registration process for the online Virtual Research Training Program (VRTP) early on March 8, 2021. We are also redirecting resources from the RTP to the VRTP, and will be offering additional class dates in July and August.

  • If you have already submitted a VRTP registration, you will be contacted directly by the Science Education Department regarding next steps.

About the Virtual Research Training Program

Seattle Children’s Research Institute is committed to building an inclusive and diverse workforce, and inspiring the next generation of scientists, physicians, and healthcare workers. During the summer, our Science Education Department offers high school students the opportunity to learn more about biomedical research.

The Virtual Research Training Program (VRTP) is an online program with optional off-schedule viewing options.

Students will learn about topics including biochemistry, immunotherapy, gene editing, and infectious diseases. Students will also participate in workshops on college readiness and career exploration. These programs provide students with a solid foundation for a future career in biomedical research, and there is no cost to participate.


  Virtual Research Training Program (VRTP)
Format Online
Duration 1 week

Monday to Friday: 10 am - 12 pm

Tuesday and Thursday: 1 pm - 2 pm


Session 1: June 28 - July 2

Session 2: July 12 - July 16

Session 3: August 2 - August 6

All sessions are identical.

Off-schedule viewing of the recorded sessions is available.


Online activities include:

  • Lectures and demonstrations on biochemistry, immunology, and global and public health
  • College and career workshops
  • Optional office hours with scientists
Due Date

Monday, March 8, 2021

Due to overwhelming demand, registrations for the VRTP have closed early on Monday, March 8.


Important Notes:

  • We cannot accept students who have previously participated in the 2020 VRTP.
  • Please note that this training program is best suited for students interested in laboratory research.
  • Please visit the High School and Youth Service Projects or Summer Nurse Camp pages if you are interested in volunteer or clinical positions at Seattle Children’s Hospital. To learn more about other training opportunities at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, please visit the Office for Training, Education and Research.

How to Participate

The health and safety of our staff, students, and families are of the highest importance. We are continuing to rely on the guidance and expertise of public health agencies regarding the safety and feasibility of in-person programs.

The Science Education Department is committed to returning to in-person programming when it is safe to do so, and we hope to see you in summer 2022.

To learn more, please email the Science Education Department.

Thank you for your interest in the Research Training Program at Seattle Children’s Research Institute!