Mini-Med Connect


Through a collaboration between Tufts University School of Medicine’s Office for Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and the Center for Science Education (CSE), Tufts STEM+M CONNECT offers high school students a unique one-month paid summer experience that combines a residential experience of Tufts Mini-Med School with a multi-tiered mentoring program. The programing is designed for highly motivated students from backgrounds underrepresented in STEM and medicine (STEM+M).

Our goal is to CONNECT you with other students, Tufts undergraduate mentors, and Tufts Faculty to build friendships and networks to support your exploration of career pathways!

The program is funded by Tufts University School of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health and other generous donations.

To read about our mentors from 2021 check out this article.

Program Details 

Application process:

  • Attend a Mandatory Information Session (January 24 at 8:00pm or January 26 at 5:00pm)
    • You MUST sign up for a Mandatory Information Session here: registration form
    • If you are unable to attend either of the information sessions, please contact us.
    • After the information session you will be given a personal link to the application to be filled out online.
  • Fill out your application (due February 29 at 11:59pm)
    • You will need:
      • A cover letter
      • A resume
      • Your high school transcript
      • Recommendation forms from two adults at your school (one must be your science or math teacher) due by March 15
  • You may be contacted for an interview
  • Final acceptance letters will be sent by April 15

Tufts University embraces diversity in the broadest form, including racial, ethnic, religious, socioeconomic, geographic diversity, as well as diversity in gender and sexual orientation.

At Tufts University School of Medicine, we believe that a diverse student body is essential for the creation of a teaching and learning environment that promotes excellence, quality and equity as core values among our future physicians, scientists and public health advocates, a workforce equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to address the range of health challenges facing our increasingly diverse patient population and their communities.

Aligned with our mission, the STEM+M CONNECT program aims to broaden participation and foster cultural humility of people pursuing STEM+M careers.

CONNECT Program goals:

The overarching goal of CONNECT is to diversify science and medical professions through offering experiences that build on four key areas:

Program overview:

The CONNECT programming begins the week before the residential experience in Mini Med School and continues the week after, with follow-up experiences throughout the next year.


CONNECT has FIVE key strands:

  • Let’s Have Fun – Bonding activities to build relationship between high school students and mentors (games, movies, field trips and more)
  • The Hidden Curriculum – Workshops about professional and life skills that are rarely explicitly taught
  • Celebrating Diversity in STEM +M – Scientist spotlights of various BIPOC professional role models
  • Let’s Learn Some Science – Activities such as reviewing biology concepts prior to Mini Med School and tours of lab spaces
  • Individual Mentoring – Structured weekly check-ins with undergraduate STEM Mentors

Mini Med School Highlights

As part of the Tufts Mini Med School program the students live on Tufts University campus for two weeks in July. A few highlights of the program include Basic Biosafety Level 1 training, hands-on microbiology and anatomy labs, simulation center patient cases, guidance by medical student TAs, lectures on biomedical topics and career opportunities, patient presentations, and filmmaking capstone projects. For more details, please look at the Mini Med School webpage here.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a current sophomore or junior
  • Be able to commute daily to the Tufts University Boston Health Sciences Campus
  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident (Green Card holder)
  • Be interested in STEM and/or health sciences
  • Attend a Mandatory Information Session on Zoom
  • Complete our online application
  • Receive two recommendations from adults at your school, one must be a science or math teacher

The number of spots in the CONNECT program are limited and we prioritize offering the opportunity to students that demonstrate how their environments or experiences (individual, your family, home, neighborhood, or community) position them to contribute to a future workforce that will address the range of health challenges facing our increasingly diverse patient population and their communities.

Students enrolled in CONNECT will be provided with a full scholarship to the on-campus Mini-Med School program. This includes housing on Tufts Medford Campus and 3 meals a day from July 6-19 (dinner only on July 6 since move-in happens in the afternoon). Additionally, students will be provided compensation of $1,600 upon completion of the four-week program.

Please note that housing and food are not provided from July 1-5 or July 20-26.

Expenses for travel to and from the Tufts campus can be reimbursed if receipts are submitted.

Students who opt to participate in the research study will receive $100 upon completion of the research related tasks as outlined in the study information sheet

The CONNECT program, formerly called Mini-Med Connect, was launched in 2021 by University School of Medicine’s Center for Science Education (CSE) with support from a Science Education Partnership  Award (SEPA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to create opportunities to empower and connect undergraduates and high school students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine and science, and to study career interest and persistence in STEM+M careers.

In 2023, the Office for Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and the CSE began a collaboration that bridges the strengths of CONNECT and the Teachers and High School Students (TAHSS) Program. The TAHSS Program has undergone a number of changes since its inception. In 1989, Tufts University School of Medicine created the Minority High School Tutorial PLUS Program to provide local minority/disadvantaged students with access to medical student tutors. Additionally, in 1989, Tufts University School of Medicine received a grant from the NIH to start the Minority High School Research Apprenticeship Program, to offer research experiences to local minority/disadvantaged students during the summer. The TAHSS Program is an extension of both programs, and has the goals of exposing interested high school students of varied backgrounds to health care and related professions, and providing support in their career development.

Our current collaboration between CSE and OMA expands access partnering communities in the Greater Boston area, maximizes residential and clinical experiences, and amplifies our capacity to provide academic and personal development to all STEM+M CONNECT students and alumni.


For questions about the program, eligibility, or applications, please contact us at