KEYS Research Internship Program

About KEYS

BIO5's flagship KEYS Research Internship is a unique seven-week summer opportunity for motivated Arizona high school students with a strong interest in bioscience, bioengineering, environmental health, or biostatistics to work side-by-side with top faculty in University of Arizona research labs.
After initially training in laboratory techniques and safety, interns will participate in innovative research projects under the guidance of UA faculty and other lab members, including current university students. 
Past interns have assisted in creating better ways to detect and treat diseases like Alzheimer’s, cancer, asthma, and diabetes; exploring the effect of contaminated water sources on populations and the environment; studying plants and animals to determine their impact on ecosystems; and analyzing the role genes play in individual human health. At the close of the program, KEYS interns present what they’ve learned and experienced to friends, family, and the academic community at a public research showcase.
Since 2007, 477 interns - at least half of them from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in science careers - have completed the KEYS program, building a pipeline of excelling high school students into our state universities. Over 80 percent of KEYS alumni at UA are pursuing STEM-related degrees.


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“This program provided me with the opportunity to experience real science. So often in high school science courses boil down lab work into a 50-minute cookie cutter example of what the scientific method should be. KEYS allowed real hands on involvement with science where I could test my own hypothesis, use real tools of the trade, and experience the real life of a researcher. I am forever grateful for the opportunity I had in KEYS.”
-KEYS Alumni 2013




“I believe having students in our labs offers a chance for them to get hands-on experience in a running lab doing science (they get to experience the joy, frustration, and boredom—all of which are part of science) and they get to be part of a team (the lab) which is truly one of the best parts of science!”


For more information or to apply for the KEYS Research Internship visit or contact Kelle Hyland or Brooke Moreno.




A student giving a presentation on a scientific posterKEYS 2019 Research Showcase Video