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

SpHERES, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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 2019 SpHERES program will take place from June 17 – July 26, 2019.  Participants will be paid $2,000 (taxable) for the 6-week program.
  • Students must be 16 or older and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • SpHERES is a non-residential research opportunity for local students who can travel to and from campus on a daily basis. (The program will take place Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Bus passes can be provided by the program.)
  • Underrepresented minorities and girls are encouraged to apply, as a program goal is to increase diversity in the STEM pipeline.
  • Applications will be accepted until April 1, 2019.
SPHERES, high school research program, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Contact us to learn more:
Krista Smith

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