Young Scholars

About PATHS-Up Young Scholars

PATHS-UP Young Scholars on a lab tour.

Precise Advanced Technologies and Health Systems for Underserved Populations (PATHS-UP) Young Scholars is a National Science Foundation funded three-week summer internship for 10th and 11th grade students who are age 16 or older. The aim of this program is to help four students gain experience in engineering research, scientific writing and communication, build a network of peers, and learn about various college pathways.

Summer 2021 PATHS-UP Young Scholars*

Applications are now open the virtual internship. The internship will focus on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Prior programming experience is not required. Applicants must be 16 or older.

Applications closed on May 9, 2021. All documents were due by this day.

Program Dates

June 28–July 16, 2021
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

This program will take place virtually.

Program Structure

PATHS-UP Young Scholars is a virtual internship which includes:

  • Gaining experience in engineering research, scientific writing and communication;
  • Building a network of peers;
  • Learning about various college pathways; and
  • Focusing on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence and their relationship to healthcare.

Space is very limited, therefore, completing the application process does NOT guarantee placement in the program. Applicants must be current (2020-2021) 10th & 11th grade students that are age 16 or older.

Applicants will be required to submit:

  • Unofficial transcript of grades or report card;
  • A personal statement about why you are applying to the PATHS-UP Young Scholars program. This statement should be max 1 page in length and will be used to determine selection and lab placement; and
  • Letter of recommendation

If you are unable to upload these documents to your application, you can email them to

Benefits & Expectations

The expectations of PATHS-UP Young Scholars interns include, but are not limited to:

  • Working full-time (40 hours/week) for the duration of the internship;
  • Documenting summer hours and submitting time sheets on time;
  • Completing a poster on summer research; and
  • Timely completion and submission of all course assignments and homework.

For completing all program requirements, interns will receive:

  • A stipend of up to $500;
  • 3-weeks worth of sustained and supported research experience;
  • Networking opportunities with fellow students; and
  • Training and guidance in presenting and delivering scientific poster presentations.
Program Flyer

Below is copy of the PATHS-UP Young Scholars flyer. You can access a PDF version for download here.

PATHS-UP Young Scholars flyer

PATHS-UP Young Scholars Administration

If you have any questions about PATHS-UP Young Scholars, you can contact the program leads.

Allen Antoine
Associate Director for Math and Computer Science
713-348-8218 |

*Program times, dates, locations, and compensation subject to change before the first day of the program.


Contact Information

Telephone: (713) 348-8211
Fax: (713) 348-3825

Mailing Address

Office of STEM Engagement
Rice University
P.O. Box 1892, MS-7836
Houston, TX 77251-1892

Street Address

IBC Plaza Houston
5615 Kirby Dr.
Suite 730
Houston, TX 77005-2445