Scientific Research & World Health

This highly selective, college-level academic experience offers hands-on laboratory research in the emerging biotechnologies, scientific literacy and global health. Students learn how scientific principles are utilized to understand and cure disease. Located at the University at Albany’s Health Sciences Campus in Rensselaer, students experience health-focused research efforts. Students can earn 15 college credits through the University at Albany’s University in the High School (UHS) program and Russell Sage College. View the program flyer.


For High School Seniors Only

The program integrates rigorous academics with hands-on experiences. You will observe, interact with and learn from research professionals and public health practitioners.


Students will participate in experiments with researchers from:

  • Center for Functional Genomics
  • Cancer Research Center
  • Institute for Health and the Environment
  • Albany School of Public Health
  • New York Stem Cell Institute
  • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Pharmaceutical Research Institute
  • Regeneron
  • Taconic Biotechnology


Additional rotation locations off campus include:

  • New York State Department of Health
  • New York State Museum
  • Albany Medical Center
  • Albany County Department of Health
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Wadsworth Research Center
  • Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission


College Credits:

  • Contemporary Biology (ACAS 100) — 3 credits (through the University at Albany – UHS)
  • Intro to Public Health (HSPH 201) — 3 credits (through the University at Albany – UHS)
  • Research Methods in Biotechnology (BIO 111) — 6 credits (through Russell Sage College)
  • Examining Science through Literature (EGL 148) — 3 credits (through Russell Sage College)

PLEASE NOTE: Additional high school credits in Physical Education (1/2 credit) and Health (1/2 credit) may be available upon district request and approval.

Contact Information

Kim Sparkman
Principal of Innovative Programs

Anthony Taibi
Assistant Superintendent for CTE and Innovative Programs

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