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Frequently Asked Questions


When can I find more information about the 2024 program?

Details about the SHIRE program will be given to the ISR teachers and respective scientists and students are encouraged to seek out these individuals for current information. All students participating in SHIRE must be participating in the Interdisciplinary Science and Research Program at either John Overton High School, Stratford STEM High School, or Hillsboro High School.

What should I expect from SHIRE?

As a participant in SHIRE, you will both be a student and an intern for the program. You will be immersed in real-world laboratory research questions and try to address these questions with the assistance of an ISR scientist. Students will work 28 hours per week (24 hours onsite and 4 hours with POWER Youth).

What are the benefits of SHIRE?

SHIRE is a broader research opportunity for college-bound students. The program will provide you with an opportunity to see what higher-level research looks like in the comfort of a high school setting. The program can be useful as you try to determine your STEM interests and choose a career trajectory in college. The program also offers you a chance to impress college selection committees with your experience and your dedication to higher learning. Students will have the opportunity to attain course credit for participation in SHIRE including Honor’s Research 1 (Rising Juniors) and Work-Based Learning (Rising Seniors). Additionally, the collaboration with the POWER Youth initiative results in a paid experience that is an unique addition to the SHIRE experience.

What are the dates, times, and location of SHIRE?

In Summer 2024, the dates for SHIRE are June 3, 2024 thru July 19, 2024. Orientation will be on June 6, 2024 at Hillsboro High School. Onsite dates will be Monday – Thursday from 8:00am – 3:00pm at Hillsboro High School.

Will I be paid for my time in SHIRE?

Yes. SHIRE follows the policy from POWER Youth for pay rates and are subject to change from year to year. In 2024, the pay rate will be $12 per hour for ages 14-16 and $14 per hour for ages 16-18.

Will transportation be covered for SHIRE?

No. Transportation is not covered for SHIRE and should be taken into consideration when applying for the program. However, directions to Hillsboro High School are provided and the We-Go has a stop directly in front of the school.

Directions to Hillsboro High School:

  • Address:3812 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215
  • Public Transit:If you are taking the We-Go bus, there is a stop directly in front of the school. From there, please proceed to the front door, where a SHIRE representative will let you in.
  • Driving or Drop-off:The parking garage can be accessed from Glen Echo Avenue, near the baseball fields. The parking garage is available for your use throughout the summer. You can enter the school through the back door, where a SHIRE representative will let you in.


For questions not covered, you may email the SHIRE Team.