SParking High schoolers’ Excitement for

Research in Engineering and Science

June 18 – July 27, 2018

  • 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 identify 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.


  • Accepted participants will be from Champaign Unit 4 or Urbana District 116.
  • Students must be 16 years of age or older and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply through their schools.


Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems (EBICS), a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center