Rebel Research Scholars

Summer Research Experience

a Summer College Program

Rebel Research Scholars offers hands-on, faculty-led research experiences in our labs held during the summer for high school students interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM).

Under the guidance and mentorship of experienced research faculty, students will spend about seven hours each day conducting research in a university laboratory setting. Students will be using cutting-edge technologies to explore the sciences. When not in the lab, students will have the opportunity to experience college life on campus with other high school summer programs, as part of the Summer College for High School Students (SCHS) program.

Dates and Costs

Important Dates and Deadlines

Applications and Paperwork Due Deadline April 1st
Notice of Acceptance April 1, 2024
Supplemental Paperwork Due April 15, 2024
First Summer Session Experiences* May 27 – June 25, 2024
Second Summer Session Experiences* June 26 – July 26, 2024

* Check individual program web pages for specific session and date information.

Cost Estimate

Some research experience programs are fully funded by the federal government or another organization, meaning primary expenses (tuition, housing, meals, supervision) are covered by the program. Others will require students to pay their own expenses for housing, meals, and program supervision.

Costs for grant-funded programs vary, but typically students pay only for their University Admissions Application fee ($40/in-state; $60/out-of-state). For information on non-grant funded programs, please check our Summer College costs.

Additional discretionary expenses may vary by student and are not covered by the research experience program. We recommend students budget for an addition $250 in weekend meals and $200 in “fun” money.


The Rebel Research Scholars programs are highly competitive. Prospective students are encouraged to apply early. Students must meet minimum admission requirements for credit or non-credit research experiences.

*Some programs may have state or national residency requirements. Please verify your eligibility with the program coordinator at before applying.

Credit Eligibility Requirements: Non-Credit Eligibility Requirements:
  • Minimum 15 years old by first day of the program.
  • Be in good academic and conduct standing in high school (includes public, private, parochial, or home-educated.)
  • Submit a School Approval Form signed by principal and guidance counselor.
  • At minimum, prospective students must meet the early admission requirements of the University of Mississippi:
    • Meet one of these two admissions options:
      • OPTION 1:
        • Be classified as a junior or senior AND
        • Have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
      • OPTION 2:
        • Have a minimum composite score of 30 on the ACT (or SAT equivalent) AND
        • Have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA in math and science
  • Be at least 16 years of age prior to the program start date.

Application Process

For United States Domestic Students:

Step 1. Fill out an inquiry form.
Please use a personal email account, not a school affiliated email address, as most servers block external emails.

Allow 3 business days to receive your account set-up email invitation.

Start Application

Step 2. Finish setting up your account.
You will receive an email from with steps to create your Admissions Portal through our Blackbaud MySchoolApp system. From there, you can immediately view your admissions checklist.

Step 3. Complete your application and checklist items.
Our admissions team will have assigned your program’s checklist for you to complete before the program deadline.

The application will include standard questions (e.g., contact information, academic history, current GPA, etc.) as well as instructions to complete the UM Undergraduate application.

You will need to submit a current official transcript and school approval to determine admissibility to the program. To avoid admission delays, we recommend uploading these two documents within 5 days of creating an account.

Step 4. Await admission results, and complete pre-arrival checklist.
We will notify admissions between 2-4 weeks after all checklist steps are complete. After admission, you can complete your pre-arrival documentation.


The Rebel Research Scholars program consists of various research opportunities for high school students led by research faculty at the University of Mississippi.

Female student conducting chemistry experiment A.R.I.S.E Summer Program
Two students conducting chemistry experiment Catalysis Research
Summer Program
Two students conducting chemistry experiment Genetics,
Endocrinology and
Education (GENE)
Summer Program
Student in lab examining test tube with liquid in it Chemistry on the Nanoscale Summer Research Experience
Two students conducting chemistry experiment Roper Lab Research Summer Research Experience