CPET offers a variety of programs for high school students, both local and statewide. If you are interested in receiving updates from CPET regarding our student programs please consider joining our mailing list!

Student Science Training Program 

Ali Maaz works in his research lab.

The UF SSTP is a seven week residential research program for high school students who have completed their junior year and are considering medicine, math, computer, science, or engineering careers. The program emphasis is research participation with a UF faculty research scientist and his or her research team. Students engage in the ongoing research of the faculty-mentor for 30 hours each week, attend a lecture series on current research topics, and participate in a UF honors seminar class. Students enrolled in a Florida high school have the option to earn dual enrollment credit.


Junior Science, Engineering, and Humanities Symposium

JSEHS Poster PresentationJSEHS is a 3-day science conference for 9th – 12th grade students, select middle school students, teachers, and parents.  The program is designed to seek out talented youth and help them develop their interests and abilities in science; assist students in career explorations in the sciences; provide recognition and prestige for students who demonstrate aptitude for scientific studies; offer teachers the opportunity to motivate students and update content knowledge; and demonstrate the vital role of the humanities in the development of scientists and engineers


Explorations in Biomedical Research

Explorations in Biomedical Research (EBR) is a two-week summer program at the University of Florida for students entering 11th and 12th grade.  The program focuses on translational research, from discovery-based research to clinical therapeutics. During the program, students engage in an experimental sequence in basic science.  In addition to learning about cutting-edge research and techniques happening at UF, students also work with science faculty and graduate student researchers to develop a research proposal to investigate principles of biomedical research and drug development, drawing upon the laboratory experiences of the program.


Science Quest

The Science Quest summer program immerses students entering 10th grade in various science disciplines at the University of Florida. Science Quest participants look through “Windows into Science” by exploring physical sciences such as Engineering, Geology, and Physics; delving into the molecular sciences, with emphasis on biomedical, forensic and environmental applications; investigating biological sciences such as Entomology, Microbiology, and Zoology; and much more.


Gator Computing Program

The Gator Computing Program is a two week, non-residential program for high school students entering 10th and 11th grade. The program focuses on the pervasive role of computing in the modern world.  Students will tour campus laboratories and see demonstrations from faculty in engineering, social sciences, medical research, and bioinformatics for an up-close view of what scientific work really looks like.  At the end of the program, students will work in teams to solve dynamic, real-world problems using these new computational tools.


Research in Environmental Toxicology

Research in Environmental Toxicology (RET) is a two-week program for high school students entering grades 11 and 12. Attendees will learn first-hand about environmental toxicology research, a diverse field of study aimed at understanding how human activities affect both environmental and human health. The activities during this program bring together laboratory and field work that incorporates exciting technologies from the fields of biology, chemistry, and engineering, including genetic analyses, mass spectrometry, and others! Students will be challenged to work together and with University researchers in the field and at the bench to learn the ins and outs of combining these diverse techniques to mitigate current environmental concerns that effect both humans and the ecosystem.


Humanities and the Sunshine State

Humanities and the Sunshine State is a one-week residential academic program for high school students entering junior or senior year.  Organized by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere in collaboration with CPET, this program will provide selected students with a meaningful college experience that capitalizes upon the unique history and environment of North Central Florida. Social and leadership development activities provide a well-rounded and fun experience for participants. Through an introduction to how various humanities disciplines study water, Humanities and the Sunshine State will explore contemporary political topics such as tourism, food justice, aquifer sustainability, industrial growth, and race relations.


Florida Youth Institute

The Florida Youth Institute (FYI) is a one-week residential summer program for up to 25 selected students entering junior or senior year. During the week, FYI students will learn about and discuss issues pertaining to Florida agriculture, life sciences, and natural resources.  Students will gain an appreciation for the range of college majors and career opportunities available in these areas. This program is sponsored by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Florida, in partnership with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.


Dual Enrollment at UF

Dual Enrollment (DE) is an opportunity for high school students to enroll in classes at the University of Florida and to receive both high school and college credit for the courses taken. It allows the high school student to experience a thriving university atmosphere while attending challenging college-level courses.

Students outside of the local area looking to dual enroll completely online should visit UF online Dual Enrollment.