Life Science Experiences For High School Students

Preparing the next generation of life science innovators through hands-on training, unique research experiences, and in-depth internships.

Jumpstart your Future Life Sciences Career

ULP’s Life Science Pathway to College and Career educational programs are committed to inspiring and training the next generation of scientists, engineers, and life science innovators to reach their full potential and make meaningful contributions to our world. 

Through our hands-on laboratory courses, high school students are provided with real-world research experience and essential lab skills that equip them to excel in future STEM pursuits.

In Partnership with CHOC

Medical Innovation, Research, and Entrepreneurship Program

Providing the next generation of STEM leaders the multidisciplinary skills needed to thrive in the biotech entrepreneurial world. During this 11-week hybrid program, students will work alongside Orange County’s top leaders in innovation, medicine, science, and law. Students will learn adaptability, resilience, and problem-solving through project-based coursework by solving real-world unmet pediatric clinical needs.

August 27, 2024 - November 22, 2024

Tuesday & Thursday | 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Applications Open for Fall 2024
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For Early career exploration

1-Day Hands-on Laboratory Courses

Introduction to Biotechnology Research


Students apply laboratory techniques commonly used in biological research. Students will perform aseptic and molecular biology techniques to culture, label, and image mammalian cells.

Introduction to Virology Research


Learn how biologists use viruses in the development of therapeutics and vaccines. Students will perform hands-on molecular biology techniques to analyze the effects of viral infections on protein synthesis.

Hands-On Engineering


Explore the emerging technologies and applications of MedTech devices using computer-aided design, 3-D printing, and material testing. Students will design, build, and test a MedTech device.

Research Experiences with Industry Professionals

Multi-Week Hands-on Laboratory Courses

Molecular Biology 1

Genome Engineering Research Program

This 8-week hybrid course provides hands-on training industry-standard knowledge and skills in bacterial cloning, genomic and plasmid DNA isolation, PCR, restriction digest, and gel electrophoresis as well as experimental design and execution.

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Molecular Biology 2

Gene Expression Research Program

Prerequisite: Molecular Biology 1

This 8-week hybrid course provides hands-on training with industry-standard knowledge and skills in qPCR, protein purification, quantification, experimental design and execution. Participants will learn the best practices in the standard molecular biology techniques performed in biomanufacturing, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology laboratories.

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Summer Research Experience

Prerequisite: Molecular Biology 1

Students will learn cell culture and molecular biology techniques that are performed in research and development immuno-oncology laboratories. Students will acquire vital research skills and learn how biotechnology laboratories harness the surveillance mechanisms of immune cells to create cancer therapeutics.

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STEM Scholarship Opportunities Available

Our mission is to develop the next generation of life science talent through education and workforce development programming, focused on engaging high school and college students with a deep interest in STEM careers. ULP’s STEM scholarships ensure students are ready for a biotech career through mentorship opportunities and hands-on laboratory experiences that refine research skills.


Biotech Internship Program

This 8-week internship equips students with vital workplace skills in a biotech setting. Students will learn laboratory operations, effective communication, and engage with multidisciplinary scientists. Students will have the opportunity to earn a UCI digital credential in the Fundamentals of Cell Culture.

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For High School Students

Pathway to College and Careers in the Life Sciences

One of the biggest challenges for students is to gain meaningful laboratory research and/or internship opportunities. These opportunities better prepare students for college-level STEM courses and the demands and rigors of lab science courses.

Learn more about ULP's pathway for high school students and how to prepare yourself for your future career in science.


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Connect with others interested in a career in medical innovation and engage with the leaders in SoCal’s life sciences innovation ecosystem.

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