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Information for Parents


Welcome to, HooS-STER, the University’s high school internship program.  We understand that this is a big decision for you and your child and we are excited to share with you some of the academic opportunities that exist at U.Va. The central purpose of the University of Virginia is to enrich the mind by stimulating and sustaining a spirit of free inquiry directed to understanding the nature of the universe and the role of mankind in it. Research plays a central role in this purpose and we hope to involve promising young students in this work.

Safety and Parental Consent

As a participant in HooS-STER, your child will work in labs that will expose him or her to research techniques, developing and performing experiments, and presenting research findings. Given the nature of research, it is important to be aware of and accept risks and dangers of your child entering potentially hazardous work areas. We want to assure you, however, that your child will working under the direct supervision of a University faculty or staff member who is trained and knowledgeable of the area’s potential hazards. Furthermore, through the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS), the University provides appropriate training. See OEHS’s web site at:

To this end we ask that parents sign a consent form before their child begins the program.

Health Insurance

We also require that participants are covered by their parents’ medical insurance, which will be used if medical care is required.  A copy of the student’s current medical plan coverage card must be on file prior to the start of the Summer Student Intern Program.  Parents will be contacted if medical attention is required. This information will be required as part of the internship application along with a consent for medical treatment form.

Application and Program Fee

As a participant in the program, your child will complete the HooS-STER application AND the admission application for visiting high school students. This two part visiting high school student application will enroll your child in a zero credit hour course.  There is a student services fee of $354 which will provide your child U.Va. students status, ID, email address, library access, etc. The HooS-STER program is able to cover the costs of the program to students who demonstrate a financial need through through qualification for and enrollment in free or reduced lunch at their schools. Applicants seeking this financial aid should indicate so on the application and include the signature of a parent or guardian granting permission for the HooS-STER program to contact the student’s school to verify eligibility.