@rtifice

@rtifice is a STEM Ed and maker/hacker space for high school students and individuals in the Woodlawn community. The program is designed to teach youth how to build websites, make video games, build robots, repair computers, and more! We currently offer classes on web development (HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript), video game development, an introduction to computer hardware, and electronics/robotics (Arduino programming) Monday through Thursday from 3:30 PM to 6 PM with classes from 4 to 5 pm, and 11 AM to 3 PM on Saturdays. They offer opportunities to students age 10 and up (Adults included!). The first two weeks are free, and scholarships are available to ensure anyone can learn.

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Chicago EYES on Cancer

Chicago EYES on Cancer is a cancer research training program for high school and college students interested in careers in biomedicine. The program also welcomes secondary science educators. For two consecutive summers, participants work full-time in the laboratories of established cancer researchers at the University. Rigorous research training is complemented with a cancer-based lecture series, skill-building workshops, and a network of faculty and peer mentors dedicated to participants’ success. The program culminates in a research symposium to showcase participants’ work across basic, translational, clinical, and population-based areas of cancer research.

Contact Person:
Megan Mekinda, PhD
773-702-4678
mmekinda@bsd.uchicago.edu

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Collegiate Scholars Program

Founded in 2003 and operated through the University’s Office of Civic Engagement, the Collegiate Scholars Program (CSP) is designed to encourage the highest-achieving and underrepresented Chicago Public Schools students to apply to and succeed at top colleges.

Approximately 150 students participate in the program each year, with approximately 50 new students accepted as a cohort annually. Students from across the city apply in the spring of their freshmen year of high school and participate until their high school graduation, forming a strong network of high-achieving Chicago Public Schools students. Collegiate Scholars are selected based on academic strength, leadership, and the ability to overcome obstacles, as described in their application essays. Following an orientation weekend in residence on the UChicago campus, they enroll in humanities, social sciences, and STEM courses during the summer. Taught by University faculty and advanced graduate students, these courses also emphasize the analytic, writing, and communication skills required in a top-tier academic environment.

During the academic year, Collegiate Scholars engage in a series of college preparatory workshops and courses outside of their high school curriculum that both expand student skills and prepare them for rigorous, engaged, student experiences at highly selective colleges and universities. Students choose between taking university courses or participating in a University-supported internship or research opportunity, e.g., at UChicago Medicine or the Institute of Politics. Additional activities include intensive guidance on college readiness including the college and financial aid application process, and programming on financial education and cultural awareness.

Contact Person:
Abel Ochoa
773-834-5833
abelochoa@uchicago.edu

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Office of Special Programs - College Prep

College Prep seeks to expands access to low-income, first generation students to focus on collegiate readiness and career success.

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researcHStart

researcHStart welcomes high school students from the Chicago and Urbana-Champaign areas to explore exciting careers in cancer research. Participants work full time in the laboratories of established cancer researchers, gaining hands-on experience in areas at the forefront of the field: cancer immunology, pharmacogenomics of anticancer agents, bioengineering, experimental cancer therapeutics, cancer disparities, and more. Rigorous research training is complemented by career development and skill-building workshops, a cancer-based faculty lecture series, and a network of faculty and peer mentors dedicated to students’ success. The program culminates in a research symposium for family, friends, and members of the scientific community. 

Contact Person:
Megan Mekinda, PhD
773-702-4678
mmekinda@bsd.uchicago.edu

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SummerLink

SummerLink offers Lab School students the opportunity to participate in lab research for 7 weeks. Students will get to hear from guest speakers, take part in weekly meetings and a mini-proposal, and attend a symposium at the end of the program. A partnership with the University of Chicago also places qualified U-High students in summer internships. Currently half of the almost two dozen internships are with University of Chicago biological, physical, and computer science labs and the other half are through the UChicago Booth School of Business, Law School, University Press, or non-University businesses connected to Lab by way of Laboratory Schools or University alumni.


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TEACH Research

Training Early Achievers for Careers in Health (TEACH) Research aims to prepare and inspire talented Chicago Public School high school students to pursue careers in health-related research by providing exposure to a realistic career experience and a multi-tiered structure of mentors during its summer programming. Students are recruited as rising sophomores from the University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Program, a three-year enrichment program for high-achieving and talented Chicago Public School students.

Contact Information:
773-834-9788
teachrsch@gmail.com

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