The Discovering STEM in ACES Program (DSAP) is a one week (July 14-20, 2024in campus program that exposes students to immersive experiences to showcase what the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES) has to offer. Each student will participate in a series of STEM-related learning activities designed to support their understanding of how food, agriculture, human, and environmental systems are connected to their career goals. 

DSAP 2024 Application Deadline

Friday-April 19, 2024 by 11:59 PM CT

We strongly encourage the participation of traditionally underrepresented ethnic minority groups, under-resourced communities, students with disabilities, and/or urban areas to apply. 

Participation in the Discovering STEM in ACES Program (DSAP) does not guarantee admission to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Program Requirements



  • In state (Illinois) high school students only.
  • Applicants must be current high school sophomores (10th) or juniors (11th). 
  • Rank top 25%; and have a B average in Science (natural sciences), Math and English.
  • Display an interest in learning about STEM areas in required online application writing prompts.
  • Commit to the program dates Sunday: July 14-Saturday: July 20, 2024. 
  • Submit online application
    • Upload current high school official transcript.
  • If admitted, there will be a non-refundable $50 programmatic fee.

Program Information


Students will be able to learn and explore Agriculture and STEM related areas listed below.

  • Children, youth, adults, and family health
  • Contemporary social issues, policy and law
  • Companion animal and equine sciences
  • Crop sciences and plant biotechnology
  • Ecology and conservation 
  • Engineering and technology 
  • Food safety and food security 
  • Health, nutrition, and well-being
  • Leadership, education and communications 
  • Pre-Veterinary + medicine
  • Sustainability in food and environmental systems

Students will experience the following:

  • College readiness workshops 
  • Inclusive and campus cultural awareness 
  • Student services presentations
  • Student housing and so much more!

Contact Information

For more information, contact Diana Rodríguez, Program Director at