High School Research Program

The High School Student Volunteer Program is an on-going program that allows highly motivated high school students to participate in scientific research.

Student Selection

In the fall of each academic year, a letter is sent to the Chairperson of the Biology Department, Advanced Placement or Honors Biology Teacher, and Principal of each Phoenix area high school, requesting that two students be nominated from their school. Teachers are to select a maximum of two students from their school who they feel are highly motivated and would benefit from this laboratory experience.


  • Students must have completed their freshman year in high school
  • Be available to work a minimum of 2 - 3 hours per day at least two weekdays per week during the school year and full days during the summer (summer times are determined by the individual mentor)
  • Maintain grades at school while participating in the program
  • Participate in the summer student research presentation day

Students are placed in a number of laboratories at Barrow Neurological Institute, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, the Mayo Clinic-Scottsdale, Arizona State University, and Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). Applications are reviewed by mentors from all of these institutions. Students are notified no later than November 15th.

The Student Research program is administered by the faculty and staff of the Neurology Research Laboratory at Barrow Neurological Institute® as part of The Scientific Enrichment Program for Students.

Learn More About The High School Research Program

For additional information, or to contribute to the Scientific Enrichment Program for Students, please call (602) 406-4092.