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High school students in the lab.

Students in the Discovering STEM in ACES Program (DSAP) engage in STEM-related learning activities. Students have the opportunity to work in their area of interest with teams of their peers, industry leaders, and ACES staff and students. 

Two weeks of lectures, hands-on activities, and demonstrations centered on real-world issues will help students discover how ACES is related to their career goals. Depending on the COVID-19 situation, one week will be conducted virtually via Zoom, and the second week will be in person on campus.

Summer 2021 Report

Requirements

Email the following materials to Diana Rodriguez, drodrgz1@illinois.edu (Pre-College Program Director):

This is a FREE experience. Students work together in teams based on their areas of interest listed below.

  • Exploring engineering and technology
  • Discovering veterinary science and animal health
  • Understanding nutrition and science of healthy living
  • Studying plant biotechnology
  • Developing new food products
  • Pursuing a career in ecology and conservation
  • Learning about food safety and food security
  • Discovering careers involving children and families
  • Thinking about teaching science as a career
  • Recognizing your talent in communications
  • Exploring finance, marketing, and management
  • Pursuing a career in the healthcare industry
  • Exploring careers that impact policy and law

Participants

    • Current high school rising juniors and seniors are welcome to apply.
    • Display curiosity, cooperation, and work ethic in their reference(s).
    • Display an interest in learning more about STEM areas in the essay.
    • Ranked in the top 25%; and have a B average in Science (natural sciences), Math and English.
    • We strongly encourage the participation of traditionally underrepresented ethnic minority groups, under-resourced communities, students with disabilities, and/or from urban areas to apply.

    Interviews

    All eligible students will be interviewed virtually via Zoom.

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