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CFAAR Ambassadors Program

The 2024 CFAAR Ambassadors Summer Program!   


The CFAAR Ambassadors Program is a week-long experience that provides high school students with an in-depth introduction to public health research, and allows them to explore various career paths in medicine, advocacy, policy, data science, health communications, and more!  Apply here!

CFAAR Ambassadors will work directly with CFAAR faculty and research staff to learn and integrate skills that will challenge students to critically evaluate scientific manuscripts, interpret outcomes and data, and develop critical thinking skills to explore the world of public health research. Students will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions with undergraduate and medical students, physicians and medical professionals, community advocates, data scientists and more.   

Program at a Glance     

CFAAR Ambassadors will:   

  • Learn the definition and types of public health research. 
  • Learn how to review a medical publication and how to translate medical literature into common language.  
  • Learn about research communications and receive medical expert coaching.    
  • Listen to healthcare professionals including physicians, public health experts and undergraduate and medical students discuss their jobs and their stories.     
  • Become empowered health advocates who educate their peers on issues seen in their school and greater neighborhood communities. 
  • Explore health topics they are passionate about and receive feedback on their projects from community leaders and experts. 
  • Meet other students interested in health careers and learn about community advocacy and policy. 

 Program costs:    

The 2024 Ambassadors Program will cost $500 and cover food and educational materials.     

All students are encouraged to apply regardless of financial need. Tuition assistance is available to students who apply. Selected applicants will receive instructions for acceptance requirements.    


  • Currently enrolled in high school   
  • Enthusiasm for research and exhibits intellectual curiosity    
  • Ability to attend program 100% in-person at Northwestern University's Chicago campus   
  • Program Dates: Monday, July 15th-Friday, July 19th, 2024  


If you have any questions about the Ambassadors program, please email:


Accounts from previous Ambassadors 

Thank you for such a great week, I really became a more worldly and educated person through everything we did, and I feel that I can be a strong food allergy advocate with the information I took away from the program.”

– 2022 Ambassador

 I learned things I never would have thought I needed to know before!” 

– 2022 Ambassador

I enjoyed exploring & learning about research, specifically how it relates to public health. I loved the guest speakers and all the research we read about"

– 2022 Ambassador 

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