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Health Sciences Summer Camps

Summer camp participants pose for a photo in front of the UT Tower

Inspiring Future Health Leaders

Each year, Dell Med offers several summer day camps for middle and high school students in Central Texas. Participants enjoy hands-on science experiments, interact with health professionals from various fields, spend time with outstanding camp counselors ⁠— and much more! Providing these experiences is just one way the Dell Med team encourages members of the local community to pursue careers that contribute to health transformation.

2021 Virtual Camp: Health in the 21st Century & Beyond

In response to COVID-19, the Health Sciences Summer Camps will occur virtually in summer 2021. High school and middle school students will interact with and learn from physicians, scientists and health care professionals via Zoom and Canvas. This year has highlighted the need to better understand the impacts of global events on our health and our communities. The camps will take a deeper look at how scientists and physicians are tackling these problems, their advancements in the field and what is on the horizon for the future in medicine. 

We are excited to be able to use the virtual learning space to bring experts from across the state and nation to speak with students at the camps and look forward to another different, but amazing summer! 

Questions? Contact the team.

2021 Camp Dates

High school: June 28 to July 2
Middle school: July 12 to July 16

Camp hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Summer camp participants learn about anatomy using specimen
Summer camp participants pose in front of a STAR Flight helicopter
Summer camp participant undergoes CPR training
A participant of Dell Med's Health Sciences Summer Camps uses an echocardiogram
A summer camp participant uses the Da Vinci robot surgical simulation tool.
A summer camp participant engages in a microbiology experiment

How to Apply

There are two ways to apply: through a school district partner or the open application.

Dell Med partners with local school districts to fill enrollment and ensure the camps are serving local students well. Nominations from school district partners comprise 75% of total camp enrollment.

  • Austin Achieve
  • Austin ISD
  • Del Valle ISD
  • Eanes ISD
  • IDEA Bluff Springs
  • IDEA Health Professions
  • IDEA Montopolis
  • Manor ISD
  • Pflugerville ISD
  • Round Rock ISD

The school district nomination process has concluded for 2021.

Open Application

Dell Med reserves the remaining 25% of total enrollment for students who do not attend a school within the partner districts, due to increasing interest from students across the county, state and country. These students are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis through the open application, which includes a few short-answer questions for students to complete.

To be eligible for the open application, students must:

  • Have never attended a Health Sciences Summer Camp; and
  • Be current (2020 — 2021) 7th, 8th, 9th or 10th grade students.

Current 7th and 8th grade students attend the middle school camp. Current 9th and 10th grade students attend the high school camp.

Selections are made on a first-come, first-served basis from the first 25 high school applicants and the first 25 middle school applicants. Submitting an application does not guarantee automatic acceptance into the camp, and the application must be completed in full to be considered. Do not submit more than one application per student.

By submitting an application you acknowledge, if selected, you will attend the full week of camp in its entirety; partial attendance is not acceptable. Please make appropriate plans to your schedule in advance.

Cost & Scholarships

Tuition for the virtual camp is $200 per student. Students who are eligible for free/reduced lunch receive full tuition scholarships. Partial scholarships are available for other families in need of financial assistance. The camps supply materials, but students must have internet and a suitable device to access it.

The Health Sciences Summer Camps are made possible by support from the KLE Foundation through the Summer STEM Investment Hub, the Harry Willett Foundation and other generous donors.

Explore Our Impact

Meet Gabriela, Your Future Doctor

She’s pre-med and the first in her family to go to college. Her time at Dell Med’s Health Sciences Summer Camps helped her get there.

Building the Health Professions Pipeline

Dell Med programs, including the camps, are working to make sure an increasingly diverse body of students have opportunity to explore the health professions.

From Camper to Counselor

In addition to pursuing new interests in health sciences, several summer camp alumni return as mentors for younger students.