American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Pre-College Programs
AISES offers a variety of programs for Native high school students, including annual national and international science and engineering fairs, summer math and science camps, and technology-based initiatives.
ASPIRINGDOCS.ORG® by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
ASPIRINGDOCS.ORG® is supported by AAMC to increase diversity in medicine. The FAQs & Resources section will help high school students consider a career in medicine, as well as help them navigate through the process of getting into and paying for medical school.
Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) Patty Iron Cloud National Native American Youth Initiative
This annual program takes place in Washington, D.C. and is designed for American Indian and Alaska Native high school students planning to pursue a career in the health professions and/or biomedical research.
College Horizons Program
This is a pre-college summer workshop intended to help American Indian, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian high school students prepare for the transition from high school to college. College admissions officers, college counselors, advisors and other educators work with students and introduce them to the application process. In addition students receive test-taking strategies, tips on how to write a resume, and a guide to navigating financial aid procedures.
Harvard Medical School’s Native American High School Summer Program
This three-week program is designed for Native American and Native Hawaiian high school students interested in biomedical sciences. Students live on Harvard’s campus and are taught how to be responsible for their own learning in a college setting.
[Note: There are many universities and colleges with established health and basic science enrichment programs for local high school students.]
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
This career-exploration database offers several online resources such as career-finder, college and career planning timeline, e-mentoring, and featured profiles of NIH professionals—scientists, administrators, historians, and many more.
Summer Internship in Biomedical Research
This is an eight-week summer program that provides students in high school, college and graduate school with the opportunity to gain experience in biomedical research by working side by side with professionals in the field at the National Institutes of Health.
National Library of Medicine’s “Changing the Face of Medicine” online Exhibition
Biographies of Native American or Alaska Native women physicians
This online exhibition includes biographies of twenty-nine Native women doctors.
“Is a Medical Career for You?”
The website provides several links to help students examine a career in medicine like, getting some hands-on experience in a medical environment, the cost of education for becoming a physician, etc.
Youth Council, United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY)
UNITY aids Native American youth (Age 15-24) in organizing youth councils where young people discuss the needs of their community and decide how they can have an active role in addressing those needs. Councils also focus on promoting culture, heritage, respect for the community, and healthy balanced lifestyles.