The eight-week Research Experience for High School students provides plant genome research experiences for up to six students each summer. This program provides a combination of experiences for the students, including short science talks by faculty and graduate students, laboratory research with undergraduate and graduate student mentors, and weekly events with other campus-based summer programs. The undergraduate and graduate students are excellent role models for the high school students, encouraging them to think about pursuing a career in science and sharing what they have learned through their experiences in plant genome research. A pre/post survey is utilized to measure student attitudes toward science as well as overall science career awareness. The project has partnered with the Missouri Academy to identify outstanding high school students to participate in our program. Details about the Missouri Academy can be found at http://www.nwmissouri.edu/masmc/.