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About the program

The Bay Area Youth Science (BAYS) Program is an eight-week, paid summer internship for rising high school juniors and seniors to conduct research in labs at UCSF. Research projects will range in topics from drug discovery and design, cancer biology, computational chemistry, infectious disease treatments, COVID-19 therapeutics, structural biology, protein biophysics, and much more! The internship period is June 10 to August 10, 2021. Interns will be paid $5,000 for their participation in the eight-week summer internship.

2021 is the first year of the BAYS Program, held with students at KIPP San Francisco College Preparatory (KIPP-SFCP). We hope to expand in future years to reach more schools in the Bay Area.


The BAYS Program consists of two phases:

  1. A virtual introduction to the scientific enterprise. The virtual portion began in February 2021 for high school students to attend weekly research talks by professors at UCSF, along with a postdoc panel, a graduate student panel, and a staff scientist/research associate panel where newer scientists can share how and why they got into science and a bit about themselves and their research.
  2. A summer internship opportunity for selected applicants to conduct research in UCSF labs. Interns will spend Monday through Thursday conducting research in UCSF labs or virtually under the supervision of UCSF graduate students, postdocs, staff, and faculty. They will spend Fridays attending workshops in college & professional development, financial competency, learning about research basics, and developing their projects. The internship will culminate in a presentation of their research project that will be open to all of UCSF, friends and family of interns, as well as our partner organizations and donors.


Lectures Starting Wednesday, February 3, 2021, Wednesdays 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Internship application deadline Saturday, May 1, 2021
Internship Thursday, June 10 to Tuesday, August 10, 2021


  • Must be a rising high school junior or senior (currently a sophomore or junior).
  • Must be at least 16 years old at the time of the internship.
  • Must have an interest in science research.
  • Must commit to dedicating 200 hours to the program (24 hours per week for eight weeks).

Internship application

Application (Microsoft Word, 2 pages, 63 KB)

More info

Contact Emma Gunderson ([email protected]) or Marissa Lee-Baird ([email protected]).