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Student Scholars Summer Program


95% of FSS Alumni go on to complete a 4-year college degree


53% of FSS Alumni earn a graduate, medical, dental, or professional degree


86% of FSS Alumni work in a science related field

Equity in STEM Education

Forsyth Student Scholars opens doors to careers in STEM for underserved high school students. Created in 1993, the summer internship program allows students to work side-by-side in the laboratory with world-renowned scientists engaged in cutting-edge research.

“The goals of the Student Scholars program are to teach students what scientific research involves, and to allow students to perform hands-on scientific research.”

Dr. Megan Pugach-Gordon, Director, Forsyth Institute Student Scholars Summer Internship Program

Improving Equity in STEM

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) are underrepresented in STEM careers that impact their communities. While Latinx, Black, and Indigenous people make up 18.9%, 13.6%, and 2% of the population respectively they only make up 5.9%, 3.8%, and 0.2% of the dentistry workforce. We hope to change those discrepancies like these by opening a door to the sciences to high school students who might not get the opportunity otherwise.

Forsyth Student Scholars 2023

High School Summer Internship

The Student Scholars program is an eight-week internship for Massachusetts high school students. Forsyth’s world-class scientists serve as mentors to the students throughout the summer. Interns learn basic laboratory techniques by participating in mentors’ research projects in a productive and enriching scientific environment. At the end of the program, students present the findings from their own research project.
The Application period for Summer 2024 will open in January 2024.

High school summer internship

Give the Gift of a Career in STEM

Forsyth Student Scholars offers life-changing, accessible, paid internships to high school students because of generous philanthropic contributions by the community. Help us to continue to address disparities in STEM careers by supporting our work. You can open the door to new dreams for a high school student.


Forsyth Student Scholars in the lab

Program Highlights

  • Mentoring by world-renowned scientists on the Forsyth Faculty
  • Hands-on independent research projects in cutting-edge research facility
  • Weekly presentations to fellow students and mentors, and college-level lectures by Forsyth Scientists in expertise areas, including oral health research, immunology, and microbiology
  • Final scientific poster presentation to the Boston-area scientific community
  • Paid internship

Candidate requirements:

  • Current sophomore or junior high school student enrolled in a Massachusetts school within the Boston metro area
  • Fully available weekdays over 8 weeks from June 26 – August 18, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Curiosity about STEM and strong motivation to perform scientific research

Forsyth values youth from all backgrounds. We believe in and are committed to expanding diversity within our industry. To that end, youth from historically underrepresented or economically disadvantaged backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply and will be given preferential consideration.


For more information contact:

or Dr. Megan Pugach-Gordon, Director of Education.

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