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Summer of 2022 Opportunities

Anytown Leadership Camp (for current grades 9-11)

Empowering youth to become change-agents in their schools and in their communities.

ANYTOWN is a nationally recognized, award-winning leadership and social justice program for youth ages 14-19.  We bring together a diverse group of students from high schools across the region for a weeklong residential experience.

Through interactive workshops, discussions, and games delegates explore topics like prejudice, discrimination, and bias. Delegates create a model for an ideal community based on respect, understanding, and inclusivity, in which members not just tolerate, but celebrate each other’s differences. Teens who experience Anytown Leadership Camp leave the program equipped with the tools to increase their ability to foster inclusion and respect among all members of society.




Important Deadlines:

  • May 6th, 2022 – Delegate Applications DUE
  • May 6th, 2022 – Deadline to Apply for Financial Assistance
  • May 20th, 2022 – FINAL Registration & Payment DUE
  • June 12th – June 18th, 2022 – Anytown Leadership Camp

Summer Programs (from the UA Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)


Med-Start (for Grade 11)

Visit the Med-Start page for more information.

In addition to Med-Start, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion partners with the following summer programs:

Future Healthcare Leaders Summer Program

AZAHEC offers exciting summer opportunities for students who are members of their high school's Health Career Club!

Each summer, AZAHEC organizes Future Health Leaders Summer Camps and Summer Health Research Camps. These programs give students hands-on experience in participating in college life and community health projects.

These programs help to build self- esteem and confidence regarding going on to college and helps alleviate some of the "fear of the unknown" – a major barrier for rural and culturally underrepresented student populations. The Summer Camps also lead to increased knowledge of health professions which can lead the way for more students to make informed choices concerning their professional future. Click here for more information.

Nuestros Niños

Since 1998, the Regional Center for Border Health, Inc. has conducted its annual "Nuestros Niños" Healthcare Community Census and Immunization Campaign in the border communities of San Luis, Gadsden, Somerton and Yuma, Arizona.

The RCBH's outreach campaign is a six-week door-to-door community based census designated to identify and collect information from underserved / disadvantaged families by working with a cadre of Community Outreach Workers / Promotoras and High School Students, participating in the summer Youth Training Program at Yuma Private Industry Council (YPIC). Click here for more information.

New Start

New Start is a comprehensive, six-week summer bridge program designed to help incoming freshmen succeed in the transition from high school to college. Through academic classes, college success workshops, tutoring and peer mentoring, program participants are able to experience the expectations and opportunities of being a University student in a fun and comfortable environment.

If you have any questions about New Start, we would be happy to help.

Keep Engaging Youth in Science (KEYS)

Keep Engaging Youth in Science (KEYS) provides highly achieving Arizona high school students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to participate in a greatly rewarding internship experience that shapes their lives forever.

For more information:


BLAISER (for grades 11-12)

About Us

Border Latino and American Indian Summer Exposure to Research (BLAISER) was created to address health disparities in Arizona’s ethnically diverse and fast-growing communities. This cutting edge 10-week, undergraduate research experience provides an extraordinary laboratory training opportunity, pairing the junior and senior level student-scholars with preeminent UA health sciences researchers. This is a premier research experience for undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds arming them with skills to make them competitive and successful in their pursuit of post-secondary education and research. For the year of 2022 research experience will be provided virtually. 

This program is held annually in the summer to allow students the opportunity to immerse themselves on campus at the University of Arizona – the next program runs June 6 to August 8, 2022. A maximum of twenty students will be accepted annually.

For 2022 the Program will be held from  June 6 to August 8 2022.

Program Highlights

  • Mentorship by a UA biomedical researcher or medical scientist working on translational research
  • Master the medical and graduate application process
  • Learn about minority health disparities
  • Participation in workshops on GRE and MCAT in order to make students more competitive
  • Travel to Nogales AZ and Sells AZ in order to learn about health disparity issues in the border region.
  • Create and present a research poster
  • Share experiences with students that are pursuing similar goals and objectives
  • Present research at the UA Summer Research Conference

Student Eligibility

  • Current Junior status or beyond
  • Cumulative 3.25 GPA
  • Special attention to: Latinos, Native Americans and African Americans, populations that are underrepresented in the biomedical and health sciences, and Arizona residents
  • Currently majoring in: biology, chemistry, physiology, microbiology, engineering, computer sciences, and similar fields
  • U.S. Citizen/U.S. Permanent Resident card holder

Program Benefits

  • $3,000 stipend
  • On-campus housing for non-UA students, paid by the program (subject to availability due to COVID-19)
  • Six units of upper-division graded undergraduate research
  • Professional MCAT and GRE preparation program
  • Gain hands-on experience conducting research


For the next summer 2022 application, the following items will be required:

  • A completed application
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Recent unofficial transcript



The deadline to apply has been extended to February 21, 2022

For more information, contact:

Allison Huff Macpherson, DHEd
Director, BLAISER,  520-626-4839

Genesis Salazar
Coordinator, BLAISER



FRONTERA Summer Internship (for Grade 12)


Focusing Research on the Border Area (FRONTERA) Summer Internship provides undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities to prepare for graduate school, hands-on research experience, and an increased understanding of public health disparities in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region. 

Participants are matched with faculty mentors engaged in biomedical and public health research that has an impact on border communities. Participants travel to the city of Nogales, visit health care facilities and public health agencies on both sides of the US-Mexico border, and participate in service-learning activities. Concurrently, participants develop an in-depth understanding of the pathway to medical school: including study and test-taking skills; preparations for the MCAT & GRE, and drafting a personal statement. In the final week, participants present the outcome of their research on the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium (UROC) poster session.  For the year of 2022 research experience will be provided virtually. 

Who should apply?

  • All students must be US citizens or permanent residents.
  • Undergraduates who are juniors and seniors, graduate students, and post-bac students interested in medicine, nursing, and public health are all welcome to apply.
  • At a minimum, applicants should have completed one year in biology and general chemistry, and have an overall GPA of 3.0.
  • Students from rural and US-Mexico border origins, first-generation college, socio-economically disadvantaged, members of federally-recognized Native American tribes, and from racial and ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in medicine (Hispanic, Native American, and African American) are especially encouraged to apply.

Deadline February 21, 2022, APPLY NOW

Program Dates: June 6 to August 12

  • FRONTERA is a FULL-time program. Students should not seek concurrent employment that may conflict with the program schedule.
  • Students are expected to make a commitment to the program and attend all events. Trips, including some overnights, are regularly planned to the US-Mexico border area. The FRONTERA program covers travel expenses to the border area.
  • Students will require a passport for a class trip to the Mexican side of the border. As wait time for new and renewal passports has increased in past years. If you do not currently possess a passport, or if it will expire before the end of the program, please have it processed and returned prior to June 1st.
  • Students will be registered in a 6 letter grade upper-division credit course or a Public Health summer internship (if you need it).

For additional information, please contact Genesis Salazar at

2021 FRONTERA summer internship booklet:


Note: Summer programs below this section have expired but are left on here for informational purposes. 


Summer Academy at UVM

The University of Vermont's 4-week, academically rigorous, and fully online Summer Academy courses are designed exclusively for students who have completed 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. They are tailored to provide an in-depth exploration of a specific field of study in subjects ranging from journalism and photography to health and medicine. 

For more about how other High School Students Use Summer Academy Program for College Prep.

All summer Pre-College programs at UVM (including our courses below) are offered to out-of-state students at 50% off academic year tuition rates.

Summer Academy courses include:

  • Adventures in Neuroscience
  • Biomedical Science and Human Disease
  • Drones for Environmental Mapping
  • Facing Environmental Futures
  • Health and Medicine
  • Storytelling with Photographs

Healthcare Careers Camps

Encouraging a new generation of healthcare professionals.

Emory & Henry College will hold its third annual Healthcare Careers Camps for rising high school juniors and seniors. 

Students who are interested in exploring healthcare careers such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, nursing, athletic training, pharmacy, optometry, medicine or veterinary medicine are encouraged to attend the camp.

Students choose to take one or both camp tracks!

WEEK I: June 7-11, 2021, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Healthcare Careers Camp (Online)

This camp will be online daily from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and feature speakers from a wide range of healthcare fields including physical therapy, physician assistant, nursing, and occupational therapy. Tuition is $30.

Register for the online camp

WEEK II: June 14-17, 2021, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Healthcare Careers Camp (On-site Observation)

This camp provides students with observation opportunities at several local healthcare facilities daily from 9-11 a.m. Students are provided transportation from Main Emory & Henry College Campus to the observation site and back. Students do not have to complete the online camp to be eligible to register for this event. Lunch is provided. Tuition is $70.

Register for the observation camp


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Contact Maria Asaro

School Phone:
5204325714 ext 2242
Conference Time:
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