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About the Program


The HooS-STER (High School Science, Technology, and Engineering Research) program at U.Va. is designed to involve local high school students in authentic research in science and engineering. 

Once selected, interns will be paired with a host research group led by a faculty member in one of the science departments in the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  In collaboration with an undergraduate mentor, the interns will work on a project for the duration of the program and present their projects to their peers at the end of the internship.

Students will also attend weekly seminars and discussions on topics such as careers in science and engineering, what it is like to be a scientist, how to choose a college and major, and the scientific research process.


U.Va.’s goals for HooS-STER internships include:

  • Building connections with local high school students
  • Providing local high school students with experience and knowledge to help them pursue studies and careers in science and engineering
  • Fostering a diverse future work force in science and engineering

Participating students can expect benefits such as:

  • Hands-on experience with a research project
  • Designing, executing, and presenting experiments
  • Developing scientific writing and verbal skills
  • College and career preparation
  • Building lifelong connections with research professors


  • The internships will last 6 weeks. The tentative dates are June 23-August 1. The program requires that students participate in all six weeks of the program.
  • The internship day will typically be Monday-Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.  If a research project does not fit that specific schedule, the host lab will work with the intern to plan an appropriate and reasonable schedule. 
  • Students will enroll in a zero credit hour course and pay the student services fee of $354, which will entail them to U.Va. student status, ID, email address, library access, etc. Funds are available to assist students who qualify for free or reduced lunch, and an inability to pay should not be a deterrent to applying for the internship.
  • Students must provide their own transportation to and from the university.  The University ID will entitle them to free use of the buses in the Charlottesville Area Transit System.