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 May 1, 2023
Supplemental Paperwork Due May 15, 2023
First Summer Session Experiences* May 29 – June 27, 2023
Second Summer Session Experiences* June 28 – July 28, 2023

* 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 $205 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:

Complete the interest form. Staff will provide a preliminary eligibility status and make recommendations for next steps.

Complete the University of Mississippi application to seek admission as a dual-credit student AND then complete the Credit Programs Application to seek admission to a summer credit program.

Important note: The Credit Programs Application will require you to submit some documents. All documents should be submitted to be considered for admission.

Students’ applications will be reviewed by UM research faculty. Students will be notified of their application status and sent further instructions, if applicable.


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
Neuroscience Education (GENE)
Summer Program
Student in lab examining test tube with liquid in it Nanoparticles and
Summer Research Experience