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 34 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.
- You must be 16 years old by May 1, 2021.
- You must submit
- Double-spaced 500-word essay on 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 by March 30, 2021. These do not need to be originals.
- Three (3) signed letters of references are needed and they should include contact information for reference. References may email them to Janet Stull Snow at [email protected].
- Application and supporting documents must be emailed to Janet Stull Snow at [email protected] using subject line:
“Summer Science – YOUR NAME”
- Transcripts do not need to be originals. References can be emailed directly to [email protected]**Electronic submission only
There is NO cost for this program. You will be paid a stipend sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific.
June 7–August 5, 2021
Application Deadline: March 30, 2021
Mail signed and completed application to Janet Stull Snow at [email protected]. Recommendation letters from teachers should be sent directly from the teacher to [email protected].
Student Information Night: April 15, 2021
This meeting is to learn about the program and the specific research projects offered. Therefore, if the State is still using masks and six-foot distancing, it will be held virtually, depending on the COVID infection rate and the University policies. This information will come to you in a separate email with the link.
Summer Science Internship Orientation: June 7, 2021
Selected students will begin their paid internship with orientation and training. Orientation begins at 9:00 a.m. This may be handled differently, again, depending on the COVID infection rate and the University policies.
Summer Science Science Forum: August 5, 2021
Students will present their experience through oral presentations and scientific posters. This may change depending on the COVID infection rate and the University policies. More information will follow as the program progresses.