Summer Science Scholars Academy

The Summer Science Scholars Academy (S3A) is a three-week program for high-achieving students and/or those in gifted-and-talented programs who plan to pursue a career in the health professions. The program exposes students to a medical school curriculum and different health careers as well as provides clinical experiences through interactive seminars. This program does not offer high school or college credit and is a non-residential summer experience.

The curriculum focuses on exploring the human body through a series of lectures, laboratories and clinical skills workshops. This program is designed to provide participants a "mini-medical school experience".

Core Courses
Anatomy: Students will explore the musculoskeletal, peripheral nervous and vascular systems at the gross anatomic level through a series of lecture and laboratory experiences using actual human bodies. Students will begin to use anatomical terminology to demonstrate their knowledge. Common clinical cases will serve as the basis for the discussion of peripheral nervous tissue, muscle and bone - from the basic science of these structures to the patient presenting with related pain and/or dysfunction. The regional focus of the course will be on the upper and lower limbs and the important structure/function relationships within each region. 

Physiology: Students will learn key principles and metrics of human physiology through a series of lectures and labs. The goal is for students to recognize and understand basic terms and concepts in human physiology and learn the structure and functional relationships within physiological systems. They will also become familiar with physiological test results generated in clinical settings. Specific topics covered include cellular physiology, the nervous system, musculoskeletal reflexes and motor control, the cardiovascular system and cardiac function and the respiratory system.

Patient-Centered Medicine: Students will begin to learn aspects of being a physician and the importance of the patient-doctor relationship. The course may cover the following topics central to the practice of medicine including:  caring for diverse patient populations throughout the life span, professionalism, humanism, ethics, disparities in health and health care, patient safety, quality improvement, interdisciplinary teamwork, community/population health, health systems science, and health policy.  Students will also be introduced to components of clinical interviewing, history taking, and physical examination skills.



Clinical Skills Workshops/Topics:

- suturing
- laparoscopic surgery
- psychiatric disorders
- healthcare disparities
- neuro-brain behavior
- how to take physical exam
- research methods


2017 Program Dates: June 26th - July 14th


Program Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm (12:00pm to 1:00pm lunch break)

Program Location:

The program is held at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School located at 675 Hoes Lane West in Piscataway.  At times, clinical activities may be scheduled at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.



Tuition: $2,500 per student†

Commuter Parking available:  Free

Housing is not available.

†Scholarships are not available at this time.



  • students entering grade 12 or current academic year June graduates
  • minimum grade point average of 3.5 (out of a 4.0 scale)
  • New Jersey resident

Application Requirements

Students wishing to apply for the Summer Science Scholars Academy must submit the following:

  • online application
  • essay
  • official high school transcript
  • letter of recommendation from a high school math/science teacher or guidance counsellor

Application Deadline: March 1st

Click here to apply to S3A


* Please note that the online application must be submitted by this date. Supporting documents must be either postmarked, faxed or e-mailed by the deadline. We accept late submissions, but cannot guarantee that such applications will be reviewed.


Kindly mail, fax or e-mail your transcript and letter of recommendation to:

Office of Special Academic Programs
675 Hoes Lane West, Room TC-113
Piscataway, NJ 08854
(732) 235-3972 [fax]

Notification of acceptance status will be emailed after April 1st.

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