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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 day camps for 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.

About the Camps

The Health Science Summer Camps are an educational opportunity for students interested or motivated in learning more about the health sciences. The camps are designed to inspire, prepare and expose students to professions within the health care field, and it aims to serve students historically underserved and underrepresented in higher education and in medicine.

In the same simulation labs where medical and nursing students train, camp participants learn basic clinical skills such as administering IVs, performing intubations, drawing blood and taking vital signs. Students also engage in a range of laboratory science, discover how technology can aid modern medicine and earn First Aid or CPR/AED certification. Plus, they have ample time for recreation at UT Austin in the Texas Union and Gregory Gym.

After participation in the summer camps, high school students are invited to remain engaged with Dell Med throughout the school year in the Health Sciences Yearlong Academy.

Summer Camps in Action

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 nomination or the open application.

Dell Med partners with local school districts to fill enrollment and ensure that the camps are serving local students well. Nominations from school district partners comprise 75% of total camp enrollment. Nominations are for students currently in the 9th and 10th grade, and participating districts are encouraged to nominated motivated students with diverse talents and potential.

Note: 2023 programming takes place June 19-June 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The open application will be made available on March 31 at 7:00 a.m., and it will close once all spots are filled. Selected Students will be notified by May 1.

For questions about the camp, contact the team.

  • Austin ISD
  • Del Valle ISD
  • IDEA Bluff Springs
  • KIPP Brave
  • Manor ISD
  • Pflugerville ISD

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 20 questions and a few short-answer responses for students to complete.

Note: 2023 programming takes place June 19-June 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The open application will be made available on March 31 at 7:00 a.m., and it will close once all spots are filled. Selected Students will be notified by May 1.

To be eligible for the open application, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Have never attended an in-person Health Sciences Summer Camp.
  • Be in the 9th or 10th grade at the time of application (students in the 9th and 10th grade during the 2022-2023 academic year).

Selections are made on a first-come, first-served basis from the first 25 high school applicants. Submitting an application does not guarantee automatic acceptance into the camp, and the application must be completed in full to be considered. Arriving at the of the application will automatically submit the application. 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 camp is $500 per student. Need-based scholarships are available for families in need of financial assistance.

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 Pathway

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.