High school students from Caddo and Bossier Parish Districts will be selected as program participants for the eight week Jumpstart Summer Enrichment Program. Students are exposed to intense hands-on research activities conducted by LSUHSC-S faculty who serve as program mentors. Selected students will work in a research laboratory or clinical setting 40 hours per week for eight weeks. Each Thursday, students are provided supplemental enrichment activities, which include: library, hospital, and animal care tours, lectures by health care professionals and motivational films. At the end of the program, students present the results of their research projects at a poster session which demonstrates their scientific writing skills and ability to evaluate scientific data. Students are encouraged to pursue careers in medicine, research or allied health professions.

Selection Criteria:

  • Students Grades 9-12
  • Caddo/Bossier Parish Resident
  • 16 years of age by the start of the program
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Official Transcript


  • Program Director
  • LSUHSC-S Faculty (mentors)
  • Teachers


The Jumpstart Summer Enrichment Program (JSEP) is sponsored by the Office of Diversity Affairs at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport. The program targets students interested in pursuing careers in Medicine, Dentistry, Biomedical Research or Allied Health Professions. The JSEP program allows area high school students the opportunity to participate in eight weeks of hands-on research activities mentored by faculty at LSUHSC-S. The program will run from June 3, 2019 – July 26, 2019.


  1. Complete ALL sections of the application.  Any space(s) left blank will render the application incomplete and delay processing.
  2. Transcript: OFFICIAL transcripts for all schools attended must be submitted as part of the application process.  You may obtain a transcript through the counselor's office.  Transcripts can be mailed directly to the Office of Diversity Affairs, 1501 Kings Highway, P.O. Box 33932, Shreveport, Louisiana 71130-3932 or submitted electronically to: mrob38@lsuhsc.edu.  
  3. Letter of Recommendation.  Please submit a Letter of Recommendation by a science teacher who is familiar with your academic performance and personal attributes: strengths, weaknesses, attitude and character. Letters of Recommendation may be mailed directly or submitted electronically to: mrob38@lsuhsc.edu. Please submit Letters of Recommendation on official school letterhead stationary only.
  4. Age:  Participants must be age 16 by June 1, 2019. An application for student employment will be provided by the Office of Diversity Affairs.
  5. Essay: Describe in 200 words or less your career goals and why you wish to participate in the JSEP Program.
  6. Please check the application for an accurate social security number, birth date, mailing address, telephone number(s) and email address.
  7. Applications must be submitted electronically.

APPLICATION OPEN - January 14, 2019