SPHERES (Sparking High Schoolers’ Excitement for Research in Engineering and Science) is a dynamic research program for high school students in Champaign-Urbana.

As a SPHERES participant, you will:

  • Participate in an authentic research experience at a world-class research university, under the mentorship of a faculty member.
  • Participate in weekly seminars on various topics including research projects, college-readiness, and scientific communication.
  • Become acclimated to a university setting, form a science identity by conducting basic and applied research in Illinois’ Bioengineering labs, and gain confidence in attending college.
  • Receive multiple layers of mentorship, through faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students and SPHERES staff.

Program Information and Qualifications:

  • The 2018 SPHERES program will take place from June 18-July 27.
  • Accepted participants will be from Champaign Unit 4 or Urbana District 116.
  • Students must be 16 or older and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • You can view the 2018 program calendar here.

How to Apply:

  • Applications are now closed for the 2018 program. Please check back in the fall to apply for the 2019 summer program.


Contact us to learn more:
Krista Smith

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