Young Scholars

About PATHS-Up Young Scholars

PATHS-UP Young Scholars in lab.

Precise Advanced Technologies and Health Systems for Underserved Populations (PATHS-UP) Young Scholars Digital Health Summer Program is a three-week program for current (2023-2024 school year) 10th and 11th Grade students which aims to introduce them to digital circuitry, computer science, physics, and engineering research at Rice University and its practical applications in the health care field.

Students will work with and combine instruments such as pulse oximeters, accelerometers, GPS devices, speakers, and microphones to understand a major tenet of the research theme and construct an introductory device that mirrors the type of technology being created at the engineering research center.

Under the guidance of university staff, Houston area educators, and graduate students, participants will experiment, program, and tinker to gain a greater understanding of digital design and the changing path of medical treatment.

Summer 2024 PATHS-UP Young Scholars Digital Health Program*

This program is offered through a designated funding source to a targeted audience and is not open to the general public to apply. Prior programming experience is not required.

Applicants will be required to submit signed release forms for minors as part of their application for each child.

Applications have closed.

Program Structure

PATHS-UP Young Scholars Digital Health Summer Program is a 3-week program for 12 students from select Houston area schools which includes:

Cohort I: Mon - Thu | June 10 - June 27, 2024

Cohort II: Mon - Thu | July 8 - July 25, 2024

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

This program is offered through a designated funding source to a targeted audience and is open to residents in the Houston area. Please reach out to your school's PATHS-UP Young Scholars Digital Health Summer Program representative if you have any questions.

Applications have closed.

Applicants will be notified of their status on or before May 17, 2024. Space is very limited and subject to funding availability, therefore, completing the application process does NOT guarantee placement in the program.

Applications have closed.

Benefits & Expectations

The expectations of PATHS-UP Young Scholars Digital Health Summer participants include, but are not limited to:

  • Attending sessions each day for the full duration of the program;
  • Actively engage with other participants and program instructors; and
  • Developing a smart watch using Tiny Circuits.

For completing all program requirements, participants will:

  • Develop connections with Rice University faculty, graduate students, and Houston Area educators;
  • Receive 3-weeks of hands-on experience of research conducted by the PATHS-UP engineering Research Center;
  • Have networking opportunities with fellow students; and
  • Be exposed to ongoing research and design that applies to medical treatment.

Young Scholars Invent Workshop

Young Scholars Invent is a 1.5-day workshop designed to engage students in a multi-disciplined, multi-level, intense design experience that is focused on solving real-world needs provided by industry and agency partners.

The structure of the event is to introduce students to various challenges, have them self-select teammates from other schools, engage in an active design process, build and test their design, and finally provide a presentation to “sell” their solution to a select set of judges.


Program Flyer

To view and download the PATHS-UP program flyer click here.


Please note: this program is offered through a designated funding source to a targeted audience and is open to residents in the Houston area.

PATHS-UP Young Scholars Administration

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

Brittany Templeton
Assistant Director for Computer Science and Mathematics
713-348-8218 |

*Program times, dates, locations, and compensation are 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