INSIGHT High School Program

The 2022 INSIGHT High School Program is an exciting and interactive four-week program designed to introduce young scholars to public health, biomedical research, & medicine.

For 2022, the University of Washington’s INSIGHT High School Program has been adapted to a virtual format to follow public health guidelines.

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

The INSIGHT High School Program offers one session option to attend. Accepted students are expected to attend the single four-week session in full.

For undergraduate, graduate and first-year medical students we offer an intensive, eight-week Summer Research Program (INSIGHT). INSIGHT provides paid research experience and mentorship for students who are interested in injury and violence prevention research. To learn more about this program, visit the INSIGHT page.

Dates:

June 27- July 22, 2022

Application and Payment close date – June 3, 2022  

Location: Online

Tuition: $2,200*

*Limited scholarship seats are available. Please contact INSIGHT for further information insightHS@uw.edu.

Application is now available, apply here.

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

Young Scholar 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, scholars 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 and violence 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 and violence prevention 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.

Project:

  • Best Route for Injury Support during an earthquaKe (BRISK): build a walking plan with the fewest potential barriers. In the event of a traumatic injury from a future high-magnitude earthquake, you need to escape danger and navigate to the closest trauma care center. Telecommunication and road infrastructure are often disrupted during these events. This exercise is intended to build plans for the shortest walking path to navigate while injured.

Scholars 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.

The 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 2022 program is offering one session: June 27 – July 22, 2022

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

Tuition: The cost of tuition is $2,200 for the four-week online program. Payment non-refundable & due June 3, 2022. Limited scholarship seats are available. Please contact INSIGHT for further information insightHS@uw.edu.

Location: Online

Selection Criteria: University of Washington’s INSIGHT is open to current high school students entering grades 10-12 or recently graduated. Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis.

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 2022.

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

For 2022, program will be virtual*

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 UW INSIGHT Summer Research Program for graduate and undergraduate students. Students in the UW 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.

Limited scholarship seats are available. Please contact INSIGHT for further information insightHS@uw.edu

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

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

The UW 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 UW 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 and violence prevention 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.

2022 Projects:

  • Best Route for Injury Support during an earthquaKe (BRISK): build a walking plan with the fewest potential barriers

2021 Projects:

  • Research Study: Transportation Safety

2020 Projects:

  • Research Study: Pedestrian Safety using Google Streetview ( Fatality Reports)

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.

HS Advisory Board

  • Patrick Halliday, MD

UW Medicine Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine Resident

  • Elijah Burbank, MD

UW Medicine Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine Resident

  • Allison Leep

Social Impact Coordinator, PEMCO

  • Chelsea Hicks, MPH, PhD

HIPRC T32 Trainee

  • Keith Hullneaar, PhD

HIPRC T32 Trainee

INSIGHT High School Program Archives

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

Participant Testimonials

INSIGHT 2021

“I really enjoyed participating in the INSIGHT program and learned a lot about research, policy briefs, different medical fields in public health, and more. I did not know much about research, but this experience was definitely fulfilling. I’m interested in majoring in public health in college, so this program also gave me an insight into what I would be studying. I’m also thankful that I got a lot of support and help throughout the research process from my TA and everyone else. Thank you so much!”

“I appreciate the opportunity to have even been a part of this program. It has taught me so many things about future career paths, life lessons, and ways to support my community. My TA, Esther Solano, made this program a lot easier by walking me through some of the issues or problems I had and was just really pleasant.”

“I really loved this program. It was very well run and provided interesting and new content at every turn. I would recommend all of my friends to try this program, even if they aren’t interested in public health and medicine. Overall, I was very pleased with the last four weeks.”

“Overall, although I picked three speakers that resonated with me the most, all of the presenters provided really excellent presentations with stellar interactive sessions.”

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.”

UW INSIGHT High School Program Application

University of Washington’s INSIGHT’s High School program is open to current high school students entering grades 10-12 or recently graduated. Students are accepted on a rolling basis.

To apply for the 2022 UW INSIGHT High School Program we recommend that you prepare responses before beginning the digital application.

Confirmed enrollment is pending full tuition payment. 

To apply please complete the application available by clicking here.

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

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