University of Nebraska Medical Center

About Us

The UNMC High School Alliance is an academic enrichment program that provides high school juniors and seniors with the opportunity to observe, shadow and work alongside health care professionals and researchers at UNMC. 

Started in 2010 and under the leadership of the senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, the program is a unique partnership between UNMC, metropolitan area school districts and an educational service unit. Classmates are geographically and economically diverse.

The program is designed to offer unique and innovative science classes that are not available in the traditional high school setting. Classes are taught by UNMC faculty and certified high school teachers on the UNMC campus. 

Our goal is to immerse high school juniors and seniors from varying educational and socioeconomic backgrounds into an environment that introduces them to health professions and, ultimately, leads to a more diverse Nebraska workforce.

It is our vision that the UNMC High School Alliance program will develop a national model for high school education that will serve students from all backgrounds and will populate health professions.

Moving the marker in STEM

We continue to grow the number of Nebraskans passionate about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers.


of students who enroll complete the program


of students have gone on to attend college


plan to pursue or have pursued a health-related STEM career

High School Alliance wins STEM diversity award

In 2018, we received the Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education.

Learn About the Award



The program is funded primarily through the generosity of The Sherwood Foundation, and has also received financial support from the UNMC College of Medicine Alumni Association and UNMC Diversity funds.

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