K-12 Programs

Due to the uncertainty around the progression of COVID-19 and the unprecedented strain on our clinical and research personnel and systems, OHSU has made the decision to cancel all summer internship programs, teacher programs, job shadows and shorter-term intensive experiences with students at OHSU for Summer, 2020.  We sincerely hope to welcome you to OHSU’s campus in the future when the world returns to a sense of normalcy.

OHSU Provost, Dr. Elena Andresen, has filmed a message explaining the situation around canceling Summer 2020 internships and other programs. In it she shares her sadness, her support and her hope for the students affected. Click here to hear her message.

Apprenticeships in Science & Engineering program

The ASE Program provides a full-time summer internship experiences to 9-11th grade students beginning with free workshops on cover letter writing and interview skills training. Successful applicants are selected by ASE mentors and gain professional experience while working as interns with mentor professionals from industry, university, non-profit and government agencies. Applications due in March, see ASE Application Instructions for requirements and information on how to apply.

Brain Awareness activities

The brain controls everything we think, do, and feel. You are invited to come learn more about how it learns, remembers, sleeps ... and ponders the mysteries of the opposite sex. Each year, we offer lectures, a brain fair, and events for kids and in the classroom.

Ted R. Lilley Cancer CURE Program

The Ted R. Lilley Continuing Umbrella of Research Education (CURE) Intern Program is an 8 week summer research mentorship training program supported by the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and the OHSU Center for Diversity and Inclusion. It is designed to offer research experiences to Portland area high school students that excel academically and come from socially and economically disadvantaged background. The goals of this program are to give hands-on research experience, science exposure and to increase participation of underserved and minority students in biomedical research and other health-related fields. Learn more about the CURE Program.

Dangerous Decibels program

Dangerous Decibels is the award winning, evidence-based public health program designed to reduce the incidence and prevalence of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) and tinnitus (ringing in the ears, which is an early indicator of hearing loss) by changing knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors.  Initiated in 1999, Dangerous Decibels resources are now in use in over 40 countries and the educational program and materials have been translated from English into Portuguese (Brazilian), Malay, Mandarin and Tamil. 

Contact information and program details can be found at www.dangerousdecibels.org

The three main educational messages communicated through all Dangerous Decibels activities are:

  • What are sources of dangerous sounds?
  • What are the consequences of being around dangerous sounds?
  • How can I protect myself from dangerous sounds?

The Dangerous Decibels activities include:

  • A highly interactive educational program demonstrated to be effective for improving knowledge, attitudes and intended behaviors regarding sound exposure and appropriate use of hearing protective strategies in children and adults.
  • Educator training workshops that train, equip and certify individuals from diverse backgrounds to be able to effectively deliver the Dangerous Decibels programs.  Workshops have been conducted in the Australia, Brazil, Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Tonga and the US.
  • The Dangerous Decibels website www.dangerousdecibels.org including:
  • The Jolene Cookbook – a fully illustrated tutorial on how to build your own mannequin that can measure the sound levels produced by personal audio devices.
  • The Dangerous Decibels Virtual Exhibit – Eight web-based activities that will help users understand how the ear works, how it breaks and how to protect it from dangerous sounds.
  • Information about dangerous noise levels, hearing loss and hearing protection.
  • Free downloadable educational resources for families and teachers.
  • Research studies about noise exposures in children, community-based hearing loss prevention in American Indian populations, the effectiveness of the Dangerous Decibels intervention in Brazil, China, Malaysia, New Zealand and the US, application of health communication science to changing hearing health behaviors in children and adults.

The program continues as an international, good-faith partnership between experts in hearing science, public heath, noise, evaluation and education who are passionately dedicated to preventing noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus.

Dental Exploring Program

OHSU’s Dental Exploring Program provides participants with a general perception of what a career in dentistry is all about. Participating high school students have been very enthusiastic about their experience, and many of them have successfully matriculated to dental school. Monthly two-hour meetings are held at the dental school with an emphasis on "hands-on" activities. The first hour is composed of a lecture from dental school faculty from a variety of disciplines, while the second hour is a laboratory experience. Dental students organize the monthly meetings and act as mentors. Space is limited to sixty participants and is reserved on a first come, first serve basis. A complete application, consent forms and $50 fee must be on file to reserve a space. Program begins early November, see https://www.ohsu.edu/school-of-dentistry/dental-exploring-program-information for requirements and contact information.

Fluorescence Molecular Imaging Internship Program

The Fluorescence Molecular Imaging Internship Program is a ten-week program hosted by the Gibbs Laboratory to provide hands-on science education to high school and college students interested in careers in scientific research. The first summer of participation is a voluntary learning experience in which the interns learn a variety of wet bench laboratory skills such as cell culture, spectroscopy, fluorescence microscopy, macroscopic fluorescence imaging, immunostaining, organic synthesis, small molecule purification as well as antibody conjugation and purification strategies. Additionally, interns learn about data analysis and processing and can learn about programming, especially in the area of image analysis. Interns who complete the ten-week program may be eligible to return the following year to participate in a paid internship program that would also provide additional experience. To apply, send a cover letter expressing your reason for interest in the program as well as your C.V. to Dr. Summer Gibbs. The deadline for applications is March 15th.

Knights Scholars Program

The Knight Scholars Program offers the opportunity for youth whose communities are underrepresented in cancer research, healthcare and public health – including those of diverse races and ethnicities and those from rural areas – to consider making a career in the fields of cancer research, treatment and prevention. Students are paid a stipend and housed in residence halls while at OHSU each summer.

Let's Get Healthy!

Education and research program from Oregon Health & Science University that travels around the state to help the public learn about their health.

Oregon AHEC Programs

Oregon AHEC is a partnership between OHSU and five regional centers. Please visit center websites for programs in your county.

The Northwest Native American Center for Excellence

The Northwest Native American Center of Excellence is a collaboration between OHSU, the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, and Portland State University working to comprehensively and sustainably address the health care needs of all people by increasing Native American voice in the U.S. health professions workforce.

Contact  NativeHealth@ohsu.edu for more information.

Oregon National Primate Research Center

  • Tours
    • The ONPRC welcomes elementary and middle school students aged 10 and older; high school groups; students from colleges/universities; civic groups and other organizations;and members of the general public on tours that are designed for the special needs of each group in mind. Depending on group size and interest, tours may feature an interactive presentation about science methods, a presentation about current center research projects, a visit to the outdoor corrals to observe the Center's rhesus and Japanese macaque breeding colonies, a presentation by a Center scientist, and or/tours of selected labs (available for groups of 18 or fewer, ages 16 and older).
    • All tours are free of change, and provide an opportunity to learn more about the role of nonhuman primates in biomedical research and to observe nonhuman primate behavior. Minimum group size 10.
  • Science Ambassador Program (for high school students and 5th graders)
    • This program provides opportunities for high school students to learn about cutting-edge science while developing their leadership skills. High school students meet weekly throughout the school year. They learn about science from Primate Center researchers, and develop and implement hands-on activities relating to important science concepts to share with the 5th grader "mentees" who join the group twice a month.
    • Applications due in the fall of each year.
    • For more information about K-12 opportunities at Oregon National Primate Research Center, contact Diana Gordon by phone (503) 346-5055 or by email: gordondi@ohsu.edu.

Partnership for Scientific Inquiry

The Partnership for Scientific Inquiry (PSI) program is designed to allow Portland area high school students the opportunity to experience scientific research. High school sophomores and juniors are invited to apply. The program provides a dynamic learning environment to explore the scientific inquiry process and pairs students with OHSU faculty mentors. Students prepare a research proposal that describes work which could be done in the mentor's lab over the ensuing summer (students must be 16 to participate in summer research). Please note this program meets during the second academic semester (Feb-June) and students may continue in the summer to conduct research with their mentor. High school credit can be obtained for participation in this challenging program. During the semester, PSI meets every Tuesday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on the OHSU waterfront campus. The program is rigorous with weekly homework as well as written and oral presentations. For more information, please visit our website PSI program or email us at psiprogram@ohsu.edu.

Saturday Academy programs

Saturday Academy offers hands-on, in-depth classes and camps for student in grades 2-12. Classes are taught by community experts in science, technology, engineering, math and the arts. In addition, we offer internships to high school students in science and engineering through our Apprenticeships in Science & Engineering program; we bring SA classes to local schools through our Saturday Academy to You program; and we teach technology and programming to girls through our Girls Engage Technology program. Financial aid and tuition assistance are available. For more information or to register for classes, please visit Saturday Academy or call 503-200-5858.

ThinkFirst Oregon

Through innovative classroom presentations and course work, Think First's programs are designed to help young children and teens develop lifelong safety habits to minimize their risk of sustaining brain, spinal cord or other traumatic injuries. Most importantly, Think First teaches young people ways to avoid behaviors and situations that put them at risk. Our message is that you can enjoy a fun, exciting life and be safe if you "think first" and use your mind to protect your body.

UCEDD Summer Internship Program

The UCEDD Summer Internship Program is an eight-week long summer internship that provides opportunities for high school or early college age students to gain experience in the disability field, develop transferable skills, and learn about various career paths in health care. Interns will participate 24 hours per week in group activities and on a project at one of the Institute on Development and Disability centers, gaining experience in research, education, training, and dissemination. This internship is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in health care, specifically with a focus on disability. Interns will receive a stipend. Applications are due January 31, 2020. For more information, including a link to the application, please visit www.ohsu.edu/sip.

Youth Engaged in Science (YES!)

The Youth Engaged in Science (YES!) program works to counter educational and health disparities in underrepresented minority communities by exposing URM middle and high school students to science, research & STEM-related careers.

Contact Anita Randolph for more information.