Summer Programs in Biomedical Sciences for High School Students

Programs Descriptions

Click the links below to find out more about the programs and eligible high schools.


STEM Camp

STEM Camp 2020 has been cancelled.

Program Mission

The major mission of this one-week research camp is to expose current high school students to the various aspects of biomedical sciences and motivate them to consider careers in science. Understanding what is involved in medical research, how the research can make an impact in new discoveries that help cure diseases, or to understand the impact of bioengineering science where novel innovations and products are developed, can help the young mind to decide if this career is challenging enough for them to want to pursue it.

This all-day, week-long summer camp is offered through the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford and will consist of instruction, hands-on activities and demonstration of cutting-edge technologies used in medical research. Students should expect to be on campus from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.


Summer Science Internship

Program Mission

The major mission of this program is to motivate area high school students to consider careers in science. Understanding what is involved in medical research, how the research can make an impact in new discoveries that help cure diseases, or to understand the impact of industrial science where novel innovations and products are developed can help the young mind to decide if this career is challenging enough for them and to want to pursue it.

The summer science research mentoring program offered through the department of Biomedical Sciences at the College of Medicine Rockford is a long standing collaborative undertaking between the Thermo Fisher Scientific (Pierce Biotechnology of Rockford) and the College of Medicine to serve the students in the Rockford School District and nearby communities. The program has been going on for over 32 years and aims at imparting new laboratory skills to the selected students. Research laboratories at the University of Illinois, Rockford campus, conduct cutting-edge research to find a cure for cancer, develop vaccines, and design and develop new drugs.

Another major mission of this program is to provide invaluable experiences to the students by working side-by-side with leading scientists in the field at the University of Illinois. One of the great experiences the students learn is to work as part of a research team. During this process, the students develop a mentor relationship that often goes well beyond the summer internship. Mentors guide them and write letters of reference from their college admissions to career interviews.

Each year the program receives approximately 45 applications from the area high school students for the five (5) internship positions available. The students receive various career building training such as preparation of resume, interviewing skills, oral and poster presentation skills, leadership skills and ability to work as a team all during the two months of internship training. Each student is paid a stipend sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Requirements

  • You must be 16 years old by May 1, 2020.
  • You must submit
    • Double-spaced 500-word essay of what you hope to gain from this program and how it will influence your future.
    • Resume including activities, memberships, honors/awards, work experience, and/or previous lab experience.
    • Transcripts submitted electronically or through mail, postmarked by March 20, 2020.
    • Three (3) letters of references with addresses (not all teachers). References may email them to [email protected].
  • Application and supporting documents must be emailed to Janet Stull Snow at [email protected] using subject line:
    “Summer Science – YOUR NAME”
  • For any transcript and references that will be mailed, please mail to:
    Janet Stull Snow
    University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
    Department of Biomedical Sciences
    1601 Parkview Avenue
    Rockford, IL 61107

Cost

There is NO cost for this program. You will be paid a stipend sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Important Dates

June 8–August 7, 2020

Application Deadline: March 20, 2020

Student and Parent Information Night: Cancelled due to COVID-19

Orientation: June 8, 2020
Selected students will begin their internship with orientation and training.

Experience Forum: August 6, 2020
Students will present their experience through oral presentations and scientific posters.

Eligible High Schools

Students from the following high schools are eligible for this program:

  • Auburn High School, Rockford
  • Belvidere High School, Belvidere
  • Belvidere High School North, Belvidere
  • Boylan Catholic High School, Rockford
  • Bryon High School, Byron
  • Christian Life High School, Rockford
  • Durand High School, Durand
  • Harlem High School, Rockford
  • Hononegah Community High School, Rockton
  • Keith Country Day School, Rockford
  • Lutheran High School, Rockford
  • North Boone High School, Belvidere
  • Pecatonica High School, Pecatonica
  • Rockford Christian High School, Rockford
  • Rockford East High School, Rockford
  • Rockford Guilford High School, Rockford
  • Rockford Iqra School, Rockford
  • Rockford Lutheran High School, Rockford
  • Roosevelt Community Education Center, Rockford
  • Stillman Valley High School, Stillman Valley
  • Thomas Jefferson High School, Rockford
  • South Beloit High School, South Beloit
  • Winnebago High School, Winnebago

If your school is not on this area list, please call Janet at (815) 395-5680. Chicago suburb schools are not eligible for these programs.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Janet Stull Snow at [email protected] or (815) 395-5680.