Online applications for the 2021 virtual KEYS program will open on November 1 and close December 6.

2021 KEYS PROGRAM | JUNE 7 – JULY 23, 2021




BIO5 Institute’s KEYS (Keep Engaging Youth in Science) Research Internship Program is a unique summer opportunity for motivated Arizona high school students with a strong interest in bioscience, engineering, environmental health, data science and biostatistics to work with top University of Arizona faculty on research projects that address the world’s greatest challenges.

Application Materials:

1. Online Application Form
The application is completed online. Once you create an account through your email, you can save and return to the application at any time.

2. Letter of Interest
Instructions for writing the letter can be found here

3. Official Transcript

You can either have your school counselor email your transcript to sends e-mail) or by using Parchment. We will not accept mailed or dropped off transcripts.


4. Two (2) Academic or Professional Recommendations
One of your recommendations MUST be from a current or previous science teacher that knows you well. The other recommendation can be from another teacher, counselor, club advisor, coach, etc. You will provide their official emails in the application form and we will contact them for the recommendations, to be submitted via the University of Arizona Qualtrics program. Please note, this is not a letter request but a form sent from the KEYS program to their professional email.

5. Applicant and Parent/Guardian Signatures
You and your parents/legal guardians must sign and upload the forms to your online application. The forms can be found in the online application.

Application Process:

The application process consists of three phases: 

Phase 1
The review committee anonymously reads every applicant’s letter of interest. You are scored in your mechanics, ability to follow directions, and (most importantly) in your passion for science and desire to do research.

Phase 2
The entire application packet is reviewed. You are given a score based on your recommendations, grades, and other considerations. The top scores are then invited to interview.

Phase 3
In the interview, applicants will be asked to discuss their qualifications and interests in research. They will also be assessed on maturity, professionalism, and genuine good character. 


If you have questions about the online application process please contact us(link sends e-mail) at sends e-mail)

Visit our FAQs page to find answers to common concerns.



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