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Opportunities in Science at Lewis & Clark

High School Student Application


This program ended in 2016, and is not accepting applications.


Welcome!! to the possible opportunity for you to explore whether you might enjoy a career as a scientist through an  8 week long laboratory based research experience.  Our program emphasizes the collaborative nature of scientific research and as a CELS Summer Scholar, you will have an opportunity to be an active and contributing research team member searching for answers to very interesting questions along side L&C and OHSU faculty, undergraduate students and other high school scholars.

Who Can Apply?  Students who participated in a CELS  Program School Based Science Project at our partner schools throughout the academic year are all invited to apply although, only students who are 16 years of age or older by June 1, 2016 are eligible to be awarded an internship. Our partner schools are 1) Rosemary Anderson High School 2) Beaverton Health & Science High School 3) De La Salle North Catholic High School and 4) NAYA Early College Academy. Undocumented students are eligible and encouraged to apply.

When and Where? Lewis & Clark College is hosting up to 10 collaborative research teams this summer, 6 at L&C and 4 at Oregon Health Science University (OHSU). Each nominated student will work with a Lewis and Clark College undergraduate majoring in math or science, and a faculty mentor from L&C or OHSU. Each team will work together on a cutting edge research project that will culminate in a research symposium held in early fall at which students will present the results of their research.

What’s Available? A summer research internship is a full-time position lasting 8 weeks. The details of start and end dates are negotiated with your faculty mentor, but generally most internships will begin in early June and end 8 weeks later. Students selected for internships will receive an hourly wage of $9.75 per hour, working 37.5 hours per week for the 8 week internship.  Undocumented students who complete the program receive an educational award that can be used toward the cost of post-secondary education.


What are the Research Projects?  2016 Research Project Information Available February 2016

Project abstracts (explanations of the projects) are available here for applicants to review and decide which project best fits their interest.  On the applications, applicants list (1st Choice is #1) up to (3) faculty names who’s projects are of interest to you.

How do I apply?  

Application packages must include completed:

1) Student Application  2) Teacher Recommendation Form  3 ) Copy of unofficial transcripts.  You can download the required forms below.

Student Application

Teacher Recommendation Form



April 15

Last date to submit completed application package: After your application is complete, return it to the CELS teacher/counselor at your school. Your CELS Team will pick it up and bring it to Se-ah-dom Edmo, CELS Program Coordinator. You may also email your complete application to Se-ah-dom Edmo, .   

April 26

Applicant Interview Day with L &C and OHSU mentoring faculty

May 2

Students informed if selected or not

May 5

Students confirm acceptance of the internship position and provide start date availability (see below)

June 13 - June 20

Internship start dates begin June 13th and no later than June 20th.

August 5

Internship end date


Selection Process: The selection process is competitive and will be based on the following criteria

  • Enthusiasm for and an interest in science or math
  • Active participation and attendance in CELS academic year program
  • Background of science/math courses and experience
  • GPA and other evidence of accomplishment
  • Outcome of interviews with prospective faculty hosts


If you have questions at any time, please feel free to contact Se-ah-dom Edmo at 503-768-6155 or


Se-ah-dom Edmo

Rogers Hall 105 MSC#85

Lewis and Clark College

 0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd

Portland, Oregon 97219

Phone: 503-768-6155



The CELS Summer Research Program and the Science Without Limits Symposium are made possible by a grant from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation