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The Online Research Program at UCI School of Medicine is a three-week mentored program designed to increase the exposure of high school students to research methods. The instructor is a member of the UCI School of Medicine faculty with coaches selected from UCI undergraduates or postgraduates majoring in areas related to biomedical research.

All the activities will be held online, and the schedule is flexible to allow students work on assignments at their own pace. The students will get instruction via email, zoom meetings and/or podcast on how to complete the projects. At the completion of the program the students will be able to:

  • Understand the core concepts for responsible conduct of research involving human subjects
  • Understand the importance of evidence-based medicine
  • Learn how to critically evaluate the medical literature on a given topic
  • Write an organized research report
  • Submit an abstract to a national meeting where, if accepted, the student’s name will be listed as a co-author 
  • Network with undergraduate and postgraduate coaches and get advice about college

Session One: June 24–July 12, 2024

Session Two: July 15–August 2, 2024

Contact us at or contact the program director, Dr. Behnoosh Afghani, clinical professor of pediatrics, at