High School Summer Science Fellowship

For almost 30 years, the partnership between the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford and Thermo Fisher Scientific has allowed science-minded high school students, teachers and college students to participate in a paid summer internship that delivers hands-on laboratory experience.

Students get the opportunity to work side-by-side with researchers for 40 hours per week, conducting cutting edge medical research and making new discoveries in either the department of biomedical sciences or at Thermo Fisher. During the two months of intense training, students learn how to plan a scientific research project, operate equipment used in research, collect and analyze data, and how to give a scientific presentation. At the end of the program, students present their findings in a research forum where industry leaders, professors, parents and the public are invited to attend. Funding for this program is provided by both institutions.

Every year, 45 to 55 students apply for the five positions available for this highly competitive program. Applications are sent out in January to nearly 100 area high schools and to college students. The application process requires letters of recommendation, the student’s grade report and an essay. In the spring, an open house provides both students and parents information on the research areas for the summer, as well as an opportunity for students to meet the researchers.
Summer Science and SMaRT Forum 2015 - Photos
Summer Science Information Sheet
Summer Science Application Form 2016
Summer Science Important Date 2016
Summer Science Eligible Schools

For more information on the Summer Science Program, contact:

Tel. 815.395.5680