A Bridge to Las Vegas High Schoolers Through Research

May. 28, 2021


Getting research ready while in high school is no easy task. In between applying for colleges and solidifying professional aspirations, sixteen Clark County School District high school students participated in the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) Spring 2021 Bridge Program. This competitive program designed for high school juniors and seniors interested in healthcare-related research (e.g. medicine, dental medicine, public health, integrated health sciences, nursing, or psychology) provided an opportunity for students to engage in scholarly discussions in collaboration with undergraduate mentors and learn about the research process from five academic faculty members representing a diverse range of expertise. 

Participants, representing Advanced Technologies Academy, Arbor View High School, CSN High School - West, Ed W. Clark High School, Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, Liberty High School, The Meadows School, Valley High School, and West Career Technical Academy, participated in monthly group discussions led by undergraduate students actively engaged in research to analyze impactful journal articles from a diverse range of healthcare related disciplines.

The OUR Bridges Program was created and led by undergraduate researcher Aaron Cheng. As an undergraduate student who sought undergraduate research opportunities through OUR before even enrolling at UNLV, Aaron was inspired to create this program and share the benefits of undergraduate research with local high school students.