Junior Scientist Training Program - Summer Science Camps

The Junior Scientist Training Program offers week-long summer camp experiences for high school and middle school students in San Diego County. The programs are held on the La Jolla campus of Scripps Research. 

Through hands-on science experiments, laboratory tours, fun activities, and design challenges, participating students will learn how scientists conduct research and develop an understanding of the many career possibilities in science. Participants will design, conduct and present their own research project, and will receive a certificate of completion from Scripps Research.


  • June 24-28 (high school)
  • July 8-12 (high school)
  • July 15-19 (high school)
  • August 19-23 (middle school)

Use the information below to learn more about the programs and how to register.

The Junior Scientist Training program will allow students to participate in the following modules: 

  • Knowledge Building Activities: Students will learn about the topics being explored in a fun and interactive way. 
  • Wet Lab Experiments: Students will participate in hands-on science experiments in our community teaching lab and other designated spaces. 
  • Lab Tours: Students will tour Scripps Research laboratories to learn about the research work happening at our institute and see how scientists use advanced tools to work on their research. 
  • Meet & Discuss with a Scientist: Students will be able to interact with scientists, learn about their work at Scripps Research, ask questions, discuss exciting topics in science and build a mentorship bond. 
  • Research Study: Students will design and conduct an experiment throughout the week that they will use to collect data, which they will present at the end of the week. 
  • Design Challenge: Students, with the help of mentors, will tackle a design problem and use their creativity to design and build a solution. 
  • Careers in Science: Students will get to meet different role models in the world of science and discover different career paths can be followed in STEM.

The Junior Scientist Training program for high school students is a week-long camp that occurs Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Early Drop off can be from 8:30 a.m. and pick up can be delayed until 3:30 p.m. (or later/earlier with prior notice). 

The high school program will be held in three 1-week sessions:

  • Session 1: The Scientific Method (June 24th to 28th) • Students will explore how to design an experiment and collect data using the scientific method while looking at topics involving enzymes & DNA forensics. 
  • Session 2: Biodiversity: Life Around Us (July 8th to 12th) • Students will discover the importance of biodiversity by exploring living systems, ecology and mutations.
  • Session 3: The code of Life (July 15th to 19th) • Students will learn how to use bioinformatics tools to make connections between DNA and proteins. They will also learn what translation science and clinical research looks like. 

The Junior Scientist Training program for middle school students is a week-long camp that occurs Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Early Drop off can be from 8:30 a.m. and pick up can be delayed until 3 p.m. (or later/earlier with prior notice)

The Middle School program will be held in one 1-week session: 

  • Session 1: The Scientific Method (August 19th to 23rd) • Students will learn how to design and experiment and collect data using the scientific method while looking at topics including: DNA, biodiversity and Translational Science. 

Cost: $295 per student per week.

Fees and completed paperwork are required to guarantee your seat in the program. Discounts for siblings and Scripps Research employees are available will reduce the weekly cost to $270 per student.

Scholarships: We have limited scholarships and discounts for those students who can demonstrate need. To be considered, please fill out a scholarship application and submit to nbhaskaran@scripps.edu by 5 p.m. on June 18, 2019. Students who are approved for a scholarship will be notified by the 21st of June.

Location: For both programs the camps will be held at Scripps Research, located in La Jolla, California. (10640 John J. Hopkins Dr., San Diego, CA 92121). Details for pick up/drop off or parking will be provided upon receipt of application.

Lunches: Students will be required to bring their own lunch Monday through Thursday. We will provide snacks two times a day during the week and we will have a catered lunch for participants on Friday of each week. 

To register for the summer 2019 session of the Junior Scientist Training program at Scripps Research, download and print the PDF registration packet linked below. A parent or guardian should complete one form for each participating student.


Complete pages 4-7 as well as the payment information on page 9. Students applying for a scholarship should also complete page 8. Next, either scan and email completed registration forms to nbhaskaran@scripps.edu, or mail to:

Nitya Bhaskaran
Scripps Research [Mail code: TRY-10]
10550 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037