Cardiovascular Program for High School Students

Do you love science?

Have you ever wanted to see and work with a live cell? Do you find yourself asking questions beyond the scope of your classes?

Would you like to know what it is like to work in a tissue-engineering laboratory? Do you want to experience the awe of discovery?

Then you are the right person for the CardioStart program!

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The CardioStart Program for high school students is a progressive set of online workshops with interactive assessments that will enrich students’ knowledge of tissue and cardiac engineering. The workshops and assessments will be available 24/7 making this enhanced learning platform convenient for all students. To supplement the workshops, graduate students or a faculty member will be available to answer questions throughout the duration of the program and will be holding weekly office hours via Zoom to facilitate discussion and interaction between students. There is also a possibility of a hands-on laboratory opportunity in the future.

Students who have participated in the CardioStart Program for high school students have been accepted to universities such as UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Irvine, Pepperdine, University of Chicago, and Rice University.

Apply to the Program

If you are interested in applying to the CardioStart program, please complete the questions on this form link. 

After you submit the form, a box will appear indicating your status. If you qualify for the program, the box will also contain a registration code for you to use to sign into the google classroom. Please be prepared to write down the registration code.

You can click here to enter google classroom.

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No Tuition – CardioStart is Free

There is no tuition charge thanks to the generous support of the Edwards Lifesciences Foundation Cardiovascular Innovation and Research Center (CIRC) and the UCI Henry Samueli School of Engineering Office of Access and Inclusion.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be at least 14 years of age or enrolled in high school to be eligible to participate.
  • You must be respectful and mature.

Program Schedule

  • Online workshops available 24/7
  • Office hours available throughout the program

More Information

For more information or to apply to this program, please email