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High School Research Program

Important Notice Regarding Volunteers and COVID-19

Thank you for your interest in our high school program. Currently, Barrow Neurological Institute and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center has suspended all volunteer programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including our high school research program. At this time, we are not sure when the high school program will be accepting applications again. Please check back here periodically for the latest updates.

Joining the Program

Students must be 15 years old by October 1 to participate. The application period is open once a year, typically between September and October. Interested students should request an application by emailing

Scientific Enrichment Program for Students (SEPS)

For more than 20 years, the Department of Neurobiology at Barrow Neurological Institute has provided high school students with an early opportunity to gain valuable exposure to and participate in scientific research in a professional setting via the Scientific Enrichment Program for Students (SEPS). This program is on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will update this page once the program proceeds, so please check back frequently.  

The objectives of the SEPS program are:

  1. To enhance knowledge of basic biological principles and the mechanisms that contribute to the cause of and treatment for disease
  2. To teach students to evaluate the scientific literature and to develop communication skills
  3. To teach students to use advanced scientific techniques and to address scientific questions
  4. To provide the environment to develop scientific projects that are presented at local and national scientific competitions or in scientific literature