Engineering the Cell Summer Program

We are now accepting applications to the 2021 program!

Applications are due by 5pm EDT on May 15th, 2021, and applicants will be notified by May 28th, 2021 about their application status via email.

Please use THIS FORM to apply to the 2021 program. We will be following strict COVID-19 safety procedures during all laboratory work. See this announcement for more details about the program.


PLEASE NOTE: there are NO GPA requirements for this program, and there is NO COST to the student. Students will provided a small stipend to participate, and we provide lunch at the Number 1 Rated UMass Campus Dining. We only ask that participants provide their own transportation to and from UMass. Please contact Prof. Peyton with any further questions, and we look forward to seeing your application!

This program is generously sponsored by a grant awarded to the Peyton lab from the National Science Foundation.

Engineering the Cell is a summer program in the Peyton lab, exclusively for high school women. If accepted into the program, you will spend five weeks in the lab, learning about how engineers can make a difference in cancer research, working directly with Dr. Peyton and graduate students, and learning how to do cutting edge science. You will also receive a small stipend for your participation in the program. There is no cost to you to participate in the program! We hope the small stipend ($2500 per student) will make it possible for you to join us for five weeks. Lunch is provided every day of the program as well at no cost, above the stipend you receive.

For the 2021 program, we are looking for three participants, preferably who will be entering their junior year in the fall of 2021. But, we will accept applications from all who are interested. The program dates are Monday, July 12th to Friday August 13th for 2021, from approximately 9am-4pm M-F. Please indicate on the application if you have a means of transportation to the UMass campus each day, or if you can only participate if it is provided to you.If you have any other questions about the program, contact Prof. Peyton via email.

2016 EtC participant
2014 Peyton lab and EtC.jpg
2014 EtC participants
2013 Participant culturing cells
Breast Cancer Cell Image from 2013
2013 participant culturing cells
2016 EtC Participant
Funded by the NSF
2013 EtC Participants

Quotes from previous participants:

"I had a lot of fun and I loved it."

"I absolutley loved this program! This has been by far the most educational summer I have ever had."

"Scientists really love their jobs. They have a lot of fun while still being professional and doing super cool research."