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

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.

Requirements

  • You must be 16 years old by June 1, 2019.
  • You must submit a resume with your application.
  • Your application must be mailed to:
    Janet Stull Snow
    University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
    Department of Biomedical Sciences
    1601 Parkview Avenue
    Rockford, IL 61107
    (Electronic submissions will NOT be accepted)
  • You are not allowed to miss any of the camp days for vacation.

Cost

There is NO cost for this program.

Important Dates

June 17–21, 2019

Application Deadline: March 15, 2019

Summer Science Internship

Program Mission

The major mission of the Summer Science Internship 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 discovering the impact of industrial science where novel innovations and products are developed can help students decide if a science career is challenging enough for them to want to pursue it.

The Summer Science Internship 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 Protein Biology of Rockford and the College of Medicine Rockford to serve the students in the Rockford School District and nearby communities. The program has been running for over 32 years and aims at imparting new laboratory skills to the selected students. Research laboratories at the UIC Health Sciences Campus-Rockford 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 often guide students on college admissions and career interviews as well as write letters of reference.

Each year the program receives approximately 40 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 resumes, 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.

The University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford and Thermo Fisher Scientific Summer Science Internship is an opportunity for local high school students to interact closely with professionals in either an academic or industrial research environment. Students who are selected for the eight-week program gain valuable hands-on laboratory skills using a variety of scientific techniques.

Both Thermo Fisher Scientific and the College of Medicine provide the ideal environments and opportunities for performing research in today’s exciting biotechnology and medical industries.

Requirements

  • You must be 16 years old by June 1, 2019.
  • You must submit a double-spaced 500-word essay of what you hope to gain from this program and how it will influence your future.
  • You must submit three (3) letters of recommendation. Letters must be in a sealed envelope with the teacher’s signature across the envelope seal with an original signature by the deadline. Electronic recommendation letters are not allowed.
  • Your application, essay and three (3) signed letters of recommendation must be mailed to:
    Janet Stull Snow
    University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
    Department of Biomedical Sciences
    1601 Parkview Avenue
    Rockford, IL 61107
    (Electronic submissions will NOT be accepted)

Cost

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

Important Dates

June 10–August 2, 2019

Application Deadline: March 15, 2019

Student and Parent Information Night: April 11, 2019
4 p.m.-6 p.m.
MANDATORY meeting to learn about the program and the specific research projects being offered. Students will go through first round of interviewing.

Orientation: June 10, 2019
Selected students will begin their internship with orientation and training.

Experience Forum: August 1, 2019
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
  • 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 jlss@uic.edu.