Reproductive and Oncofertility Science Academy at UCSD (ROSA)

Reproductive and Oncofertility Science Academy at UCSD (ROSA)

Applications for the Summer 2019 Academy
are now closed.

If you are already participating in this program, click here for summer schedule information.

About the Program

The Reproductive and Oncofertility Science Academy at UC San Diego (ROSA) is a hands-on educational program that inspires 11th and 12th grade girls to become the next generation of scientists and physicians. The curriculum is focused on oncofertility – an exciting new field in medicine that addresses the fertility needs and quality of life issues for young cancer patients. Graduates emerge from the summer program with a greater understanding of science and research related to oncofertility and many have gone on to successful careers in science, math, engineering and technology.

This competitive program accepts 12/14 high school girls from all areas of San Diego County. Sessions are held on a series of Saturdays during the summer and include topics such as, reproductive physiology, cancer biology, in vitro fertilization and reproductive bioethics. During the sessions, students don personalized lab coats to learn research techniques from top UCSD faculty, and engage in lively discussions with their peers regarding issues surrounding reproductive function in women with cancer. Instruction is also led by Dr. Ericka Senegar-Mitchell, an outstanding and nationally-recognized high school biology/biotech teacher. At the end of the summer, students give poster and oral presentations during a graduation ceremony and the top presenters are invited to a national conference in Chicago.


Reproductive and Oncofertility Science Academy at UC San Diego (ROSA), formerly known as the Oncofertility Saturday Academy, began in the summer of 2008 with NIH grant support, and was jointly organized and administered by Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering (BE WiSE) and the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine. In July 2012, NIH grant funding ended, which gave BE WiSE founder, Patricia Winter, and R. Jeffrey Chang, MD, program instructor and Director of Reproductive Endocrinology at UCSD, the opportunity to grow the program based on the successful former model and new concepts of learning. In the Fall of 2013, UC San Diego re-launched the program as the Oncofertility Science Academy. Once again, in the Fall of 2017 the program launched as the Reproductive and Oncofertility Science Academy (ROSA Academy).

Summer 2019 Oncofertility Science Academy Dates

Students must attend all sessions and field trips of the Academy. Failure to attend a session can cause dismissal from the program. 

All sessions are at UC San Diego in various campus locations.

Opening Session of the 2019 Academy

Monday July 8
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
All participants MUST attend.

Saturday Dates: most Saturdays 8 AM to 4 PM

Saturdays July 13, 20, 27 
Saturdays August 3, 10, 17   
Sat. August 17 – Closing Program, 1PM for families, teachers, invited guests

Monday & Wednesday Dates: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

July 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31
August 5, 7, 12, 15

*August 15th is a Thursday and is the judging of student posters

Three Field Trips:

Children’s Hospital of Orange County: Tuesday July 23, 2019 – 7am -5:30pm (transportation provided)
San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Conservation: Friday August 2, 2019 – 7am – 2:30pm (transportation provided)
Pfizer: TBD (students must provide own transportation) 

Academic Information

The scientific content of this workshop will be taught by medical doctors and professors at the University of California, San Diego Health Sciences. The teaching will be similar to that in college or medical school. Dr. Ericka Senegar-Mitchell, the Teacher of Record, will conduct all other sessions. The first session on July 8 will be an opportunity for the girls to become acquainted and to receive instruction on the use of the course MOODLE Platform which is an integral part of the Academy. Homework will be assigned in advance and due for the session on July 8, 2019.

At the first session on July 8, participants will learn lab safety rules, receive note-taking advice, and participate in an early discussion about the Scientific Posters that they will prepare for the closing program on Sat. August 17. The mid-week sessions (Mon. & Wed. 5:00PM to 8:00PM) will be spent reviewing and discussing the science from the previous Sat. in order to better prepare for the next sessions at the university. In addition there will be invited guest speakers and a lab session. Based on homework assignments, quizzes and other assignments will assess student understanding and progress and culminating in Scientific Research Posters which will reflect graduate-level research.

Closing Program on Sat. August 17 at 1:00 PM is for parents, science teachers and other invited guests.


The tuition for summer 2019 is $950.  

Financial assistance in the form of scholarships are available and are awarded after student selection is made. Payment plans will also be made available. 


Tuition will be paid at the time of acceptance. 

Cancellation or withdrawl for any reason prior to May 1st will result in a 100% refund. 

Cancellation or withdrawl for any reason May 2nd – May 31st will result in a 50% refund.

Cancellation or withdrawl for any reason June 1st – June 7th will result in a 75% refund. 

Refunds after June 7th will only be issued for serious illness (doctors note is required) or extenuating circumstances. No refunds are provided if students are dismissed from the program. 


For more information regarding the application process, please contact: 
Maysoon Dong, 
Reproductive and Oncofertilty Academy Sr. Program Manager

For more information regarding curriculum and course content, please contact: 
Patricia Winter, 
Reproductive and Oncofertilty Academy Program Coordinator

Program Organizer:

Patricia Winter

Reproductive and Oncofertilty Academy Coordinator
Reproductive and Oncofertility Science Academy at UCSD (ROSA)

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