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Office of Student Empowerment and Engagement – High School Programs

To encourage early exploration of medicine and research, UT Southwestern supports a number of programs for high school students. These programs serve to build and maintain a diverse workforce for the future of science and health care.

  • Health Professionals Recruitment Exposure Program (HPREP)

    The Office of Student Empowerment and Engagement hosts HPREP annually during January for high school students across the DFW Metroplex. This program for 10th- through 12th-graders, exposes students to science and medicine through a variety of workshops, mentoring sessions, and hands-on activities. 

    A female high school student learns to take blood pressure on another female student.
  • Science Teacher Access to Resources at Southwestern (STARS)

    STARS provides a number of learning and enrichment opportunities for secondary science teachers and their students. In addition to summer research opportunities, the STARS program also offers basic science symposia, an Exploring Post, Summer Science Camps in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and student tours to learn about scientific research and biomedical careers.

    A female and male STARS participant
  • Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program

    The Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program is an eight-week, paid summer internship program introducing students from public and charter high schools to careers and employment opportunities in industries, companies, government agencies, and nonprofits where they have expressed interest. Facilitated by nonprofit Education is Freedom, the program provides all student fellows with exemplary professional training in résumé building, interviewing, business communication, professional dress and etiquette, financial literacy, and career choices.

    Former Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings with three high school girls
  • The Distance Learning Center STEMM Prep Project

    The STEMM Prep Project is a program for underrepresented minority students who are interested in a career as a physician-scientist. These students participate in this longitudinal program over six years and have research experiences each summer beginning in high school. Local Dallas high school graduates spend the summer in our labs gaining experience in real-life research settings, working alongside world-renown UT Southwestern physician-scientists.

    A Black man with a teenage boy and girl
  • Children’s Health Volunteer Opportunities

    The Student Volunteer Program is open to high school and college students, 16 years of age and older, interested in donating their time serving patients and families of Children’s Health℠ Children’s Medical Center Dallas.

    A young Black man smiling and wearing a purple Children's Health Volunteer shirt