Description: The CHANCE S.T.E.M. Academy is a partnership with Exelon-ComEd, and is an interactive project designed to introduce high school students to college-level engineering coursework. Topics covered include spacial design learning and computer-aided design projects. This joint initiative
is intended for "serious-minded" students who are interested in earning a degree in Engineering on the UIC campus.
The CHANCE for CHAnge Summer Youth S.T.E.M. Camp was designed to identify and recruit academically talented students interested in the STEM disciplines in order to prepare them for academic instruction and networking opportunities for possible entry into S.T.E.M. related careers. This six-week on-site camp, in partnership with the UIC College of Engineering, Chicago Housing Authority, and the Ameresco Corporation has a rigorous academic curriculum that also exposes students to team-building exercises, a one-week overnight dormitory stay and S.T.E.M. related field trips. Students are will participate in roundtable discussions to talk about the impact of S.T.E.M. disciplines in the world we live in. Websites: http://www.uic.edu/depts/oaa/chance/early-outreach-initiatives.html
This challenging, fun, and rewarding three-year enrichment program is designed to prepare talented students for academic success at the best colleges and universities. The program begins the summer after ninth grade.
College Bridge Program
College Bridge at the University of Chicago is an exciting opportunity for advanced high school students from the Chicago Public School system to challenge themselves by enrolling in a rigorous university course. Tuition, fees and textbooks are fully funded by the UChicago Office of Civic Engagement.
College Bridge consists of two programs: Academic Year Bridge and Summer Bridge. Eligible students can apply to either program or both programs. Courses available range from biology to history to the humanities. Subjects open to Bridge students vary depending on the courses offered for the quarter and student preparedness.
Research in the Biological Sciences
Research in the Biological Sciences is a four-week intensive training program for students who have completed 10th grade, designed to expose students to a broad range of molecular, microbiological, and cell biological techniques currently used in research laboratories.
Designed for minority students who are normally under-represented, the Space Explorers program immerses middle and high school students in science projects with the goal of helping them to succeed in high school and beyond.
Designed for 9th and 10th graders, Upward Bound gives students a glimpse of college and helps them plan for successful post-secondary education experiences and careers by expanding their learning beyond the classroom. The University of Chicago has one of the oldest Upward Bound programs in the country.
Young Scholars offers mathematically talented 7th through 12th graders an opportunity to explore mathematics that are not generally taught in high school.
Young Scientist Program
The Young Scientist Training Program offered to students in 10th through 12th grade is a ten-week summer program for 10 outstanding minority high school students to experience research in medicine and the biological sciences.
Digital Youth Network is a hybrid digital literacy program that creates opportunities for youth to learn in both in-school and out-of-school environments. DYN began at the University of Chicago's Urban Education Institute and has worked in close collaboration with the University's charter schools. The program serves students in middle school and high school and includes an internship component in which high school students serve as mentors to middle school participants.
Project Exploration aims to make science accessible to the public—especially minority youth and girls (ages 12-17)—through personalized experiences with science and scientists. In so doing, the program seeks to demonstrate that science can be life-changing and can empower students to appreciate their own potential. Some of Project Exploration's programs are housed on the University of Chicago campus. If you are interested in any of the above programs, links to application information, deadlines, and further details are found at link in the master listing below.
Program: Northwestern Academy
University Name: Northwestern University
Description: Northwestern Academy for Chicago Public Schools is a four-year program designed to prepare Chicago Public Schools high school students for highly selective colleges and universities through supplemental educational opportunities and support services. Academic year and summer learning experiences, tutoring in academic skills, leadership development, self-regulatory learning, comprehensive academic and college counseling, and family workshops are provided through the four-year program.
The Academy is intended to serve Chicago public high school students in low-income households who do not attend one of the Chicago Public Schools selective enrollment schools. Students may apply in ninth grade. The Academy will cultivate relationships with Chicago Public Schools high schools and K-8 schools to facilitate student nomination and on-site support for grades 9 through 12.
Northwestern Academy builds on Northwestern University's Good Neighbor, Great University initiative that provides special financial aid packages for qualifying low- and middle-income students from Chicago who enroll at Northwestern University. The Academy was established in 2013. Websites:
Program: Northwestern Summer Programs for High School Students
University Name: Northwestern University
Description: High school students can get a taste of Northwestern academics and athletics through the College Preparation Program, Center for Talent Development, National High School Institute, Wildcat Sports Camps and more.
College Preparation Program
Experience college life at Northwestern University this summer in the College Prep Program. High school sophomores and juniors can take undergraduate courses for college credit, or enroll in a two-week IN FOCUS seminar in a special topic area.
College Bridge Program
A select group of high school juniors from Chicago Public Schools are admitted to this program each summer. Each participant may enroll in one undergraduate Summer Session course, for which he or she receives college credit.
National High School Institute (Cherubs)
NHSI has five divisions: Debate, Speech, Journalism, Film & Video Production, and Theatre Arts. Students gain practical college-level experience in their chosen field; interact closely with outstanding faculty; tackle new social and intellectual challenges; and experience campus life with other exceptional high school students.
Medill-Northwestern Journalism Institute
This in-depth, five-week program is designed for students who have just finished their junior year of high school and wish to become better writers and editors for print, online and broadcast. Enrollment is limited to 84 and students typically come from as many as 25 states and abroad. Teachers are top-notch practitioners and distinguished Northwestern faculty.
The Center for Talent Development
Center for Talent Development (CTD) at Northwestern University exists to serve the gifted community. As a non-profit center within the School of Education and Social Policy, CTD ensures gifted students receive the education, encouragement and support they need to grow into confident and accomplished lifelong learners.
Description: The Illinois Tech Global Leaders Program is a free, two year academic enrichment program for Chicago-area high school students.
Our program inspires high-achieving youth from across the city to LEAD AND SERVEthrough STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and supports their path toHIGHER EDUCATION.
The Global Leaders Program aims to be catalyst for Chicago’s talented youth as they develop their interests in STEM fields, hone their unique leadership abilities, and take steps towards college and career.
We are a selective program, admitting students during their sophomore year for participation throughout their junior and senior years. We serve over 100 total juniors and seniors each year. Read more here.
Description: The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program embeds 20 rising high school juniors and seniors inside a technology company or university setting from 9:00am - 4:00pm each day. Here, young women get hands-on experience in computing concepts, programming fundamentals, mobile phone development, robotics, and web development and design. Project-based curricular modules allow participants to build products and develop innovative solutions designed to inspire an interest in and enourage their pursuit of computer science. Daily classroom instruction is paired with talks, demos, and workshops led by inspiring female entrepreneurs, CEOs, developers, designers, and computer science majors who serve as mentors and role models throughout the program, each aligned with the subject matter discussed that week. Field trips to the tech giants such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, AT&T, Gilt Groupe, Foursquare, and the News Corp allow the young women to envision a future for themselves in this career and begin networking with those in the field.
The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program curriculum is designed and research-proven to engage and encourage young women in computer science. Each topic, activity and speaker is chosen to empower the young women with the skills to contribute to their schools and communities. Websites:
The Latino Health Science Enrichment Program(LaHSEP) is a 6-week summer academic enrichment program open to High School students and incoming UIC freshman from the Chicagoland and neighboring suburbs. The overall goal of this program is to offer Latino students a holistic approach to their educational development through a three track process that develops and prepares participants in specific areas (ACT, Research, or transition to UIC). Each track also provides participants exposure to medical and health science careers, preparation for higher education, research skills development, and optimizing interpersonal & professional development.
LaHSEP Track 1 The focus of this track is for freshman and sophomore high school students to prepare for the ACT. Participants will take part in courses that enhance their science reasoning, mathematics, and writing skills. Students also take part in an investigative team project under the supervision of undergraduate student mentors to prepare and deliver professional presentations. (Program dates: June 20th 2016 - July 29th 2016)
LaHSEP Track 2 The focus of this track is for junior and senior students in high school to develop their research skills. Participants will learn research methods and develop their research skills by learning to analyze, synthesize, and interpret information. Throughout the research program students conduct their own research project, complete a literature review and create a professional presentation to be presented at the LaHSEP 2016 research forum. (Program dates: June 20th 2016 - July 29th 2016)
LaHSEP Track 3 HCOE in partnership with the Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services Program(LARES) at UIC is offering a summer academic enrichment program for incoming first year pre-medicine students. The Latino Health Science Enrichment Program (LaHSEP) gives participants the opportunity to engage in pre-health workshops, develop Chemistry, Math and English skills and also learn about college transition and resources on the UIC campus.