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Grainger College of Engineering: Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) Program

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Academic Level:
High School Students

Rising high school juniors and seniors (current 10th-11th grade) are invited to apply to participate in an authentic STEM research experience at a world-class research university for 6 weeks during the summer. You will gain hands-on experience in areas at the forefront of various STEM fields, such as cancer immunology, pharmacogenomics of anticancer agents, physics, biophysics, bioengineering, electrical engineering, and more! Those accepted into the program will be matched with another student and a teacher from their school (Everyone must apply separately). In this team of three, you will:

-Participate in cutting-edge research activities of established researchers in engineering, science, and medicine.

-Develop professional and college-ready skills with weekly seminars on various topics such as college admission processes and supports available, communicating scientifically, and how to prepare a research poster.

-Develop greater confidence in yourself as a scientist and engineer.

-Interact with faculty, post-doctoral researchers, graduate students, undergraduate students, and local high school teachers who will support you through this STEM research adventure.

-Showcase your research at the end of the experience with a research poster and symposium (July 30, 2021).

-Monetary awards for participation (approximately $2,500)

Teachers are Important Members of the Research Teams: For some of the research projects, we are seeking a teacher from the same school as accepted students to be a co-researcher (~15 hrs/wk). As a member of the research team, you will be learning about the research side-by-side with the students, connecting daily with the student team as a mentor and collaborator, and seek opportunities to embed the research process or content into the classroom. All other research projects will need a teacher mentor (~2 hrs/wk) who will touch base weekly with the students to discuss their research progress and identify any issues/challenges being experienced.

Participating Institution(s):
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University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Lead)

Program Materials:
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Academic Disciplines:
STEM Fields

STEM Education

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