INSIGHT High School Program

The INSIGHT High School Program is an intensive four-week program designed to introduce students to public health and biomedical research and medicine.

For 2020, the INSIGHT High School Program has been adapted to an online format to follow public health guidelines.

Students will take a deep dive into injury prevention research through various activities. The program is open to high school students entering grades 10-12 or recently graduated.

The 2020 INSIGHT High School Program offers two session options to attend. Accepted students are expected to attend a single four-week session in full.

Dates:

  • Session A: June 22, 2020-July 17, 2020
  • Session B: July 20, 2020-August 14, 2020

Location: Online

Tuition: $2,000

The INSIGHT High School program is ideal for students with interest in medicine, public health, or biomedical research.

Online Program Overview

Our high school program provides valuable exposure to the medical and public health fields, emphasizes social justice and highlights health disparities. During the course of the high school program, students will work together through four challenging, fun and busy weeks.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand core public health concepts
  • Conduct public health field research data collection and analysis
  • Practice and improve critical thinking, public speaking, and data visualization skills
  • Complete a public health capstone project on a predetermined injury prevention topic
  • Better understand the importance of social justice as it relates to the individual and community health

Activities and Experiences:

  • An original, collaborative public health research project with a focus on developing introductory research skills.
  • Skill building seminars: How to design a compelling resume, workshops on creating presentations, learn essentials of public speaking, and more
  • Virtual injury research seminars
  • Variety of speaker panels: INSIGHT undergraduates, healthcare professionals, & community health organization speakers
  • Peer networking opportunities: Build ongoing relationships in your desired field of higher learning
  • Interactive remote social activities
  • A Certificate of Completion for students who complete all program requirements.

Students will also present their capstone project to physicians, researchers, medical professionals and college students at an online research symposium on the final day of the session. Families are welcome.

INSIGHT high school students network with medical and health professionals from a broad variety of disciplines and roles.

Online High School Program Logistics

Dates: The 2020 program is offering two session options: Session A (June 22-July 17, 2020) or Session B (July 20-August 14, 2020). Accepted students are expected to attend a single session in full.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. PST Monday through Friday.

Tuition: The cost of tuition is $2,000 for the four-week online program.

Location: Online

Selection Criteria: INSIGHT is open to current high school students entering grades 10-12 or recently graduated. Applicants are evaluated holistically based on (1) answers to the essay questions, and (2) grades. Please note that while there is no minimum GPA, we expect that students arrive prepared to work and learn.

Preference is given students entering their senior and junior year; however, exceptionally strong applicants from earlier years will be considered as well.

Yes, you can apply to the INSIGHT program, so long as you are accepted and planning to attend a college or university in the fall of 2020.

The INSIGHT Program schedules a variety of activities from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. PST Monday through Friday.

While every day will be different, students can expect to spend some time every day in the online classroom and working in groups. Interactive activities, seminars, and socials will also be scheduled throughout the program. An official calendar will be provided to accepted students close to the start of the program.

This program is very different from the INSIGHT Summer Research Program for graduate and undergraduate students. Students in the INSIGHT High School Program are not paid, and instead, pay tuition for attendance. There are some scholarships available to those who qualify and are based on financial need.

We recognize that most students apply for several summer programs, so we try and give students as much notice as possible.  Out of fairness to others, we cannot give anyone early notice.  All students will be notified of their application status as soon as possible.

Accepted students are expected to commit to the INSIGHT High School Program for the entire duration of their session. You are welcome to apply, but if accepted it is your responsibility to discuss with your teachers the possibility of taking your finals early.

The INSIGHT Program will not be able to accommodate late starts, long vacations, or early departures that significantly affect student attendance and participation.

The INSIGHT Program is a full-time summer program. Given the rigor and expectations, we will not be able to accommodate those who plan to attend class or work during business hours.

(An exception to this would be those exceptionally motivated students working or taking classes part time and who are doing so on the evenings or weekends only.)

Accepted students are expected to commit to the INSIGHT Program for the entire duration. Understandably, unforeseen personal circumstances might arise that cannot be anticipated, but the INSIGHT Program might not be able to accommodate overlapping programs, vacations, late starts or early departures that significantly affect attendance and participation

The INSIGHT High School Program is a full-time summer program. Given the rigor and expectations, we will not be able to accommodate those who plan to attend class or work part time during business hours.

(An exception to this would be those exceptionally motivated students working or taking classes part time and who are doing so on the evenings or weekends only.)

If your question was not addressed here, or within the content of the INSIGHT website, please contact insightHS@uw.edu and we will be happy to assist you as best we can.

2017 INSIGHT High School Program students present their PEMCO Safe Driving Campaign at the annual INSIGHT Research Symposium.

Previous INSIGHT High School Projects

As the program grows and evolves, the high school capstone projects have also adapted to reflect injury research developments, current events, and participant feedback. All projects have a focus on challenging students to build skills and knowledge through hands-on research, analysis, creativity, and communication.

2019 Projects:

  • Research Study: Stop the Bleed (First Aid Bleeding Control)

2018 Projects:

  • Research Study: Bike Helmet Use in Seattle

2017 Projects:

  • PSA: PEMCO Safe Driving Social Media Campaign and Research Posters

2016 Projects:

  • PSA: When It Hits (Concussions)
  • PSA: Distracted Driving – Drive 3D

Learn more at the INSIGHT High School Project Archive.

INSIGHT High School Program Archives

The INSIGHT High School Program is helping to build the next generation of doctors, researchers, and public health experts.

Participant Testimonials

INSIGHT 2020

“Thank you for all that you guys have done to support us! We’re all so grateful- This virtual program wouldn’t have been the same without our daily homeroom meetings  getting to know you all!”

“Thank you so much for organizing the program! I loved it and you guys did an amazing job adapting to and successfully pulling it off in a virtual environment!”

“Through this program, I learned that public health is so much more than studying diseases. It has to do with every factor that affects human health and that’s one of the most captivating topics I’ve ever had the ability of learning. Thank you, more than words for this.”

“I learned so many valuable things from this program…I learned about the many options within healthcare to go into and the difference you can make within each one. Public health is an extremely interesting and important field.”

“I learned about just how vast the careers within the healthcare community are, and that career paths are not always as straightforward as i initially thought.”

“Previously I thought I only had a couple options if I wanted to consider a career in healthcare. This has helped boost my confidence in the future.”

“Listening to the guest speakers gave me hope that I will find a career that I enjoy and fit in with.”

“Dr.Mooney, thank you for the opportunity to work on research into pedestrian fatalities. Thank you for teaching us so much about epidemiological research and data analysis.”

Counselor Testimonials

( INSIGHT 2019)

“I am a college counselor for high school students, and over the years a number of my students have had a highly comprehensive experience in the INSIGHT Summer Program. These students expressed to me the immense amount of knowledge and skills they acquired in both the biomed research and public health arenas. They also thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet and work cooperatively with like-minded students. I highly recommend the INSIGHT Program to students with interest in medicine and research.”

INSIGHT High School Program Application

INSIGHT’s high school program is open to current high school students entering grades 10-12 or recently graduated.

To apply for the 2020 INSIGHT High School Program please complete the digital application below and email a PDF copy of your transcript (unofficial is fine) to insightHS@uw.edu. We recommend that you review the application essay questions and prepare responses before beginning the digital application below.

Students are reviewed holistically, with careful review of the following items as well as considerations for the number of applications received and space limitations within the program:

  • Answers to the essay questions (250-word maximum per question.
  • Grades. Please note that while there is no minimum GPA, we expect that students arrive prepared to work and learn.

If you have any questions specific to the INSIGHT Program for High School Students, please contact us at insightHS@uw.edu.

UPDATE: Session A is full, but we are accepting applications to join the waitlist. Limited seats remain in Session B (July 20, 2020-August 14, 2020).

All applications for this year’s program must have been received by the deadline. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted. No changes can be made to your application once submitted, and only one application per person is accepted. The INSIGHT Program is unable to facilitate research programs for students outside of the summer program.

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