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Valero Young Scientist Program

Valero Young Scientist Program

Program Overview

The Valero Young Scientist Program is an immersive, multidisciplinary program for San Antonio area high school students to learn from infectious disease researchers at Texas Biomed. Students will explore different career pathways within bioscience research through panel discussions with researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. During the program, students will collaborate with peers and teachers in laboratory experiments to develop foundational lab skills, maintain a laboratory notebook and develop data literacy skills vital to ethical science research. Students will also participate in Prepping for Your Future sessions where they will participate in activities to develop soft skills such as networking, communication and presentation skills.

Parents/guardians are involved too! The Valero Young Scientist Program recognizes the important role parents/guardians have in fostering a student’s interest in a STEM career. In addition to an introductory meeting about the program, the program includes virtual sessions for parents to learn about infectious disease research and engage with area university representatives to explore how parents can best support their student as they embark on a STEM career path. At the end of the four-week program, parents are invited to attend the student showcase where students will present their collaborative research project.

**PLEASE NOTE: per institutional policy, Valero Young Scientist students are not permitted in active research labs**

Program Application Information

The Valero Young Scientist Program is a four-week summer program for high school students about to start their junior or senior year. 2024 program dates: June 24 – 28, July 1 – 3, July 8 – 12, and July 15 – 19. The program starts promptly at 9 am and concludes at 4 pm. Successful applicants must be 16 years old by June 24 or entering their senior year in the Fall of 2024 and attend the full 18-day program. Most days, lunch will be provided; however, students may occasionally need to bring a lunch. To complete the application, two references from teachers/counselors/school administrators are required. A parent/guardian signature is also required.

Applications will be accepted January 8 – February 29, 2024. Student applicants must be 16 years-old by the start date, June 24, 2024 or entering their senior year in the Fall of 2024. Student applicants may be asked to participate in a virtual interview. All applicants will be notified of their status by March 8, 2024. Successful applicants and their parent/guardian are required to attend an information meeting at Texas Biomed on Saturday, May 11.

Valero Young Scientist Program 2024-2025 Application

Please Note: The program is scheduled for Monday through Friday, starting June 24, 2024. In observance of Independence Day, Texas Biomed is closed July 4th & 5th, Thursday, and Friday.  The Valero Young Scientist Program will not meet on those days.

Student Applicant


Parent Contact Information

Parent/guardian name:
Parent/guardian name:
MM slash DD slash YYYY
Applicants must be 16 years-old by June 24, 2024.
During the 2024-2025 academic year, I will be a:
I understand the program meets Monday through Friday, except for week 3 which will meet Monday, July 1, through Wednesday, July 3, to accommodate July 4th holiday.
I can commit to a 4-week summer program at Texas Biomed, June 24 – July 19, 2024.


Race (Check all that apply)
Disability (check all that apply to ensure appropriate accommodations are implemented to maximize student success):

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