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    Listed below are programs, workshops, conferences, evening events, etc. that may be of interest to you.  All events will be listed by topic category with a link to the event information. 
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    USummer Programs

    Usummer is a free pre-college summer program directory built to help you.

    At Usummer, we believe that pre-college summer programs are a fantastic way for high school students to test drive college life, discover great new schools and find the colleges that best fit their individual needs.

    You wouldn’t buy a car before test-driving it first, right? So why not take the time to live and learn on an actual college campus this summer, before you make the big decision. Campus tours are a great place to start, but pre-college summer programs can be much more fun, and revealing.

    So take a look around and begin your journey. But don’t forget, this is your summer we’re talking about. Have fun, relax and go test drive college life!

    Camp College is an on-campus overnight program for rising high school seniors. Camp College attendees will gain knowledge on aspects of the college search and application process. Students will have the opportunity to hear from and connect with college representatives and high school counselors. Housing and meals will be provided to all student attendees. Camp College will take place at Bradley University.
    Sessions will cover the following topics:
    · How do I search for colleges that I’ve never heard of?
    · How do I choose which colleges to apply to?
    · What do colleges and universities look for in prospective students?
    · What is the process for applying to schools?
    · How do I pay for college and why might I be able to afford a more expensive school?
    · How do I present myself in an essay or an interview?
    · How do I make the transition from high school senior to college freshman - successfully?
    What does it cost?
    Students will pay a $20 fee that will be refunded at the program’s conclusion. Because of the generous support from IACAC and sponsors, the camp can be run at no cost to the students themselves.
    How will students get to Bradley for the camp?
    If possible, students should provide their own transportation to Camp College. Depending on the location of selected students as well as their transportation needs, Camp College may provide buses to pick up students in centralized locations and then bring them back to those locations the following day. Please indicate on the application the student's transportation options. If a student has a unique transportation issue, please contact Ziggy Blackwell at zblackwell@iwu.edu to see how it may be accommodated.
    Who should apply?
    This program is designed for students from non-traditional backgrounds who would benefit from exposure to this information. The selection committee will give additional consideration to students from rural areas, first-generation college students, and students from schools with a low percentage of college-bound students. Students should have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
    What is the application process?
    1. The process starts with an application from the student with the nomination filled out by an adult familiar with the student. The form should be printed out and mailed or faxed in to Roberto Suarez. Three students per schools are permitted to apply. The committee would like to have a broad range of students from different backgrounds, schools, and areas of the state.
    Download the application:    PDF  Word  

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    Summer Programs for High School students  


    January Deadlines


    Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP)

    SEAP is an Office of Naval Research (ONR) sponsored and funded program, giving highly motivated high school students the opportunity to be exposed to Navy projects and programs. Participants receive hands-on experience in the fields of engineering, science, and computers in a research and development and test and evaluation environment. Students experiment with a technical career and learn about other types of careers that are available within the Carderock Division.


    Students must be United States citizens, enrolled in high school, completed 9th grade, at least 16 yo by the beginning of the program.

    Participating students will spend 8 weeks during the summer doing research

    The stipend for students will be $3075 for the 8 weeks,

    Returning students will receive $3590 for the 8 weeks.

    Deadline: January

    Interested students must apply online at http://seap.asee.org/

    For more information contact Andrew Alderfer at 215-897-1868

    or Brandon Smith in West Bethesda at 301-227-2865


    LEAD Summer Programs for High School Students

    LEAD has three summer programs: Business, Engineering, and Global.


    LEAD Business (SBI):

    Available for high school juniors with a 3.0 GPA or better who are involved in their schools and communities. Participating universities include: Dartmouth College, Duke University, Northwestern University, Stanford University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania and the University of Virginia.  SBIs are 3 to 4 week residential programs that immerse participants in a range of topics from finance and marketing, to e-commerce and entrepreneurship.


    LEAD Engineering (SEI):

    For high school sophomores & juniors with a 3.2 GPA or better who show great interest in mathematics and the sciences.  Participating universities include California Institute of Technology, University of California, Berkeley, University of Michigan, Villanova University, Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Virginia. The SEI curriculum focuses on areas of engineering including electrical, mechanical, computer and civil engineering; associated disciplines such as chemical, biotech, biomolecular, materials science, aerospace, polymer-textile/fiber and technological systems are also studied.



    LEAD Global (SGI):

    This is available for high school sophomores with a 3.0 GPA who are ready to live and study abroad.  The Global program exposes American students to global career opportunities alongside peers from different countries in one program so that all participants might make better informed decisions when choosing a college or profession. LEAD Global will take place in Cape Town, South Africa at the University of Cape Town


    Application deadline: January

    Applications are available online for download. http://www.leadprogram.org/

    Contact: officemanager@leadprogram.org or call (215) 753-2490


    MIT announces its MITES Program

    Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science is a challenging 6 week summer program that prepares promising rising seniors for careers in engineering and science. If you are selected, all educational, housing, meals and activity costs are covered. You must, however, pay for your own transportation to and from MIT.

    Program Dates: June - July

    Applications due: January

    To apply, go to: http://mit.edu/mites/www/


    Chicago Youth Centers – Camp Rosenthal Attendees

    Often when people think of camping programs they think of recreation, fun, and play, while it is all of these things, it’s so much more. A residential camping program is the first time most children are away from their parents and experience independence. They are amazed by what they can do for themselves and, more importantly, for others. A game of baseball or soccer is more than just play; it’s following rules, paying attention, and respecting authority. But the biggest thrill for our kids is being a part of the camp community and living and playing with positive role models that attend some of our finest colleges and universities including Columbia College, Howard University, and Purdue University.

    Sessions for 7–12 yo June to August

    Session for 13-15 yo August

    Cost: $110 per camper, per day, Scholarships and a sliding fee offered


    Contact (312) 913-1700 ext. 443 or ryan.yepsen@chicagoyouthcenters.org

    Ryan Yepsen Director of Camping Services Program Director/Recruiter


    February Deadlines


    Princeton University announces its Summer Journalism Program

    We welcome about 20 high school students from low-income backgrounds every summer to Princeton’s campus for an intensive, 10-day seminar on journalism. After the program ends, counselors stay in touch with students to help guide them through the college admissions process. All expenses, including students’ travel costs to and from Princeton, are paid for by the program.

    • You must currently be a junior in high school.
    • You must live in the continental United States.
    • You must have at least an unweighted 3.5 grade point average (out of 4.0).
    • You must have an interest in journalism.
    • The combined income must not exceed $45,000.

    Cost: Free

    When: July to August

    Deadline: February

    Apply go to WWW.Princeton.edu/sjp

    Questions: sjp@princeton.edu


    Chicago Youth Centers – Camp Rosenthal Camp Counselor/Life Guard

    Often when people think of camping programs they think of recreation, fun, and play, while it is all of these things, it’s so much more. A residential camping program is the first time most children are away from their parents and experience independence. They are amazed by what they can do for themselves and, more importantly, for others. A game of baseball or soccer is more than just play; it’s following rules, paying attention, and respecting authority. But the biggest thrill for our kids is being a part of the camp community and living and playing with positive role models that attend some of our finest colleges and universities including Columbia College, Howard University, and Purdue University.

    Age: 17 – 18 yo

    When: June to August

    Wage: Varies on position


    Contact (312) 913-1700 ext. 443 or ryan.yepsen@chicagoyouthcenters.org

    Ryan Yepsen Director of Camping Services Program Director/Recruiter


    The Leadership Center at Morehouse College

    The 2009 Coca-Cola Pre-College Leadership Program, for male students completing their sophomore or junior year in HS. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale). The curriculum focuses on personal and interpersonal leadership skills. The program runs for one week in June.

    Cost: $400

    When: June

    Deadline February

    For info and to apply: http://www.morehouse.edu/centers/leadershipcenter/index.html

    Contact Laketha Hudson 404.215.2731


    The Brookfield Zoo

    The Brookfield Zoo is looking for friendly, fun, energetic people to join their zoo crew.

    You must be at least 16 years of age. You can call their job hotline at 708.688.8881 or visit the web site at: www.CZS.org

    Applications are accepted from 10:00am-4:00pm daily.

    Some of the seasonal positions available are food service attendants, picnic attendants, banquet servers, admissions attendants, merchandise attendants, instructors, and more.


    Young Woman's Political Leadership Retreat

    Running Start encourages high school girls from across the country to channel their leadership into politics. Participants will meet extraordinary women leaders of diverse backgrounds and learn the importance of having more women in political leadership and running for office. EVEN if the girls are not interested in politics, this is a great program way for them to build self-esteem, practice public speaking and learn to collaborate with other young women.

    WHO: Open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school

    WHERE: American University, Washington D.C.

    COST: FREE, and travel scholarships are available.

    WHEN: July

    Deadline February

    APPLY ONLINE: http://www.runningstartonline.org/


    March Deadlines


    Research and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP)

    REAP encourages high school students to pursue careers in math, science and technology through hands-on experience in research and development. Participating apprentices spend an allotted time, between 5-8 weeks, during the summer at such university laboratories (research facilities) in their area, gaining hands-on experience doing actual university research and engineering projects under the daily direction of faculty mentors. The objective of REAP is to provide a cooperative education (work/study) program which will afford hands-on experience in research and development activities to high school students who may choose to enter and complete basic education in science and engineering.

    Locations: Loyola University, Chicago and University of Illinois at Urbana, Urbana

    Deadline: March

    For more information: http://www.usaeop.com/programs/REAP/index.htm

    Contact Ms. Renie O'Mara at 603-228-0121 renie@aas-world.org


    UIC Engineering High School Institute

    This is a summer program designed to ensure that minority students gain exposure to principles of mathematics and the basic sciences and to encourage them to pursue an undergraduate education in engineering, math, and the sciences. This is a four week summer program beginning of half-day classroom instruction in simple circuit board design and digital logic. The program and materials are free of charged and public transportation is provided.

    For Information: http://www.uops.uillinois.edu/ui-service/display.asp?ProgID=205

    Denise R. Hayman   Director of Minority Affairs 312-996-2201

    Email: dhayman@uic.edu



    The Chicago Summer Business Institute (CSBI)

    CSBI provides a six-week paid internship program for high school sophomores and juniors each summer.  These internships take place at various banks, accounting, engineering, and law firms throughout the Loop and business districts.  In conjunction with a 28-hour workweek, students attend half-day classroom seminars and workshops every week where they learn about the financial markets, attend seminars given by successful business executives, and participate in team building programs.

    Eligibility Requirements:

    • Student must currently be a Sophomore or Junior;
    • Student must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher;
    • Student must attend either a public, parochial or private high school;
    • Student must be a resident of the City of Chicago;
    • Student must have an annual family income of $60,000 a year or less
    • A parent/guardian must sign a Certificate of Income Verification form

    When June - August

    Deadline: March

    For information or to apply: www.cityofchicago.org/CSBI

    Contact Debra Carson, Program Director at 312-545-7855 csbi1999@comcast.net


    Pritzker School of Medicine (YSTP)

    The Pritzker School of Medicine Office of Multicultural Affairs is now accepting applications for their summer Young Scientists Training Program (YSTP). This is a 10-week summer program for up to ten outstanding minority high school students to gain experience in research, medicine, and the biological sciences. Students work in the laboratories of University of Chicago faculty where they learn basic or clinical research in the areas of diabetes, endocrinology, nutrition, obesity, digestive, liver, urologic, kidney, or blood disorders.

    When June – August

    Deadline March

    Information and apply: http://pritzker.uchicago.edu/about/diversity/pipeline/ysp.shtml


    Mayor Daley's Youth Ready Chicago summer opportunities

    To be eligible for the program, applicants must meet the following:

    • Must be between 14 and 24 at the time of the application
    • Must live in the City of Chicago with a valid mailing address
    • Must have a social security number or a number that is legally allowed to replace a social security number for the purposes of employment
    • Must provide a guardian's signature for applicants under the age of 18 at the time of application.

    To Apply: www.youthreadychicago.org

    Parents/guardians with questions about summer opportunities may call the

    Jobs Hotline at (877) 587-WORK



    Cornell University, College of Engineering CURIE and CATALYST Academy

    The CURIE Academy is a one-week summer residential program for high school girls who excel in math and science. The focus is on sophomores and juniors who may not have had prior opportunities to explore engineering, but want to learn more about the many opportunities in engineering in an interactive atmosphere.


    The CATALYST Academy’s mission is to advance diversity in engineering and its related disciplines.  Therefore, applications from students from backgrounds (African American, Latino/a, or Native American) critically underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math are especially encouraged.

    Cost $1450 and includes room, board, and research supplies

    When: JULY

    Deadline CURIE Academy March

    Deadline: CATALYST Academy March

    For info and Application:


    Contact Debbie Moss at dlm45@cornell.edu


    April Deadlines



    10th & 11th Grade HS males, Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA -will be offering a Summer Institute (Project Identity) for African-American males entering the 10th and 11th grades. This 3 week residential program replicates the college experience with an intense curriculum and enrichment activities to assist in developing their academic, social and leadership skills.

    • Creative Writing -
    • SAT Prep -
    • Debate -
    • Pre-Calculus -
    • Leadership development -
    • Enrichment activities -

    Program Fee: $1,900 (includes meals, housing and activities).

    When: Session A: June, Session B: July

    Application Deadline: April

    For info or apply: http://www.morehouse.edu/projectidentity/summer.html


    CDC Disease Detective Camp

    The CDC Disease Detective Camp (DDC) is a 5 day academic day camp for high school juniors and seniors during the upcoming school year. Campers will take on the roles of disease detectives and learn how CDC safeguards the nation's health.

    When: June session and July session

    Deadline: April

    For more info and to apply to go http://www.cdc.gov/museum/camp/index.htm


    The Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy (CPFTA)

    We are looking for high school sophomores interested in public safety, fire science, law enforcement, and criminal justice careers. The Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy (CPFTA) program provides training for students interested in careers in public safety, law enforcement, criminal justice, and fire science. The 2-year program was developed jointly by the Chicago Public Schools’ Department of Career and Technical Education (CTE), the Chicago Police Department (CPD), the Chicago Fire Department (CFD), and the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC). The program recruits and trains up to 250 public and non-public high school students each year. In addition to high school and college training, students have the opportunity to participate in a paid summer internship between junior and senior year to promote a better understanding of all aspects of careers in public safety.

    Cost: Free

    February to April for recruitment information visit the website at www.cpfta.com

    Contact Sandra C. Castillo 773-553-2485 CPFTA@cps.k12.il.us

    Program Manager Department of College and Career Preparation


    Try Scuba Diving

    At the Kennedy King pool this coming Saturday, May 8th

    The Windy City Seals will offer you the opportunity to TRY Scuba Diving.


    For more information, email us at: secretary@windycityseals.org


    FAA Summer Employment Initiative

    This is designed to attract talented students to the workforce for summer employment opportunities into entry-level positions and provide positive work and developmental experience.
    Eligibility: Applicant must be a student who meets all the following requirements:

    • United States Citizen
    • Enrolled or accepted in a half-time or full-time course schedule;
    • Age 16 or older (by the closing date of the announcement); and
    • Possess a grade point average of 2.0 or above on a scale of 4.0.

    Appointment Type: Temporary appointment
    Duration: Not to exceed 6 months (April through September)
    Work Schedules: Full-Time or Part-Time
    How to Apply: All students must apply through the ASAP online system.



    NBA Crump Law Camp

    The National Bar Association Crump Law Camp was established to provide students entering the ninth through eleventh grades (between the ages of 14 and 17) with an introduction to the American judicial system. Campers will be housed on the campus of Howard University and live in a protected campus environment. The inaugural two-week camp was held at Howard University School of Law. The camp provides students with an exciting academic and social agenda, which includes field trips in the Washington, DC area. The competitive highlight of the camp is the Evett L. Simmons Mock Trial Competition. The four winners of this competition are invited to the NBA's Annual Convention. Washington, DC.

    Cost: varies Free-$1400 (sliding scale)

    When: July

    Deadline: April

    Information or apply: http://www.nationalbar.org/lawcamp/index.shtml  301-249-8355


    Project Exploration’s Discover Your Summer Guide

    Discover Your Summer is a guide to summer science opportunities. It is filled with information on more than 175 programs in Chicago, the Midwest, and beyond.

    All of our youth programs are free, eliminating the cost barrier that prevents low-income students from accessing dynamic out-of-school time science programs.

    For information or to apply: http://www.projectexploration.org/dys/

    Contact 773.834.7614 or email dys@projectexploration.org


    IRS Student Temporary Experience Program (STEP)

    STEP is a flexible program that provides students with exposure to government service, enhances educational experience, and offers students an opportunity to earn money and continue their education at the same time. STEP employees are on temporary appointments that may last up to one (1) year. An extension may be granted at the discretion of the hiring manager.

    Eligibility: Applicant must be a student who meets all the following requirements:

    • United States Citizen
    • Enrolled or accepted in a half-time or full-time course schedule;
    • Age 16 or older (by the closing date of the announcement); and
    • Possess a grade point average of 2.0 or above on a scale of 4.0.

    Contact Pat Nielsen at 631-447-4271

    To apply for this vacancy visit: https://careerconnector.jobs.treas.gov/fcip/


    Fermilab TARGET Program

    The TARGET Science and Engineering Program is a non residential summer experience focused on the sciences, engineering and mathematics, the opportunity incorporates both classroom and work experiences five days per week for a six week period. The program is held on the FERMILAB campus in Batavia.

    Who: High school sophomores, juniors and seniors

    When: June to July

    Application deadline iApril

    Information and application: http://wdrs.fnal.gov/eeo/target.html


    Experiment in Architecture at IIT

    Students will tour the city of Chicago, complete a series of design projects, and attend lectures by IIT faculty. The program is intended to inform students about the study and practice of architecture, and will assist participants in making an informed decision about pursuing an architectural education and career. All individuals interested in pursuing a career in the design and building professions are encouraged to attend.

    Cost $875

    This covers all studio materials, readings, lunches, CTA passes, and museum admission. Financial aid is limited and is available on the basis of demonstrated need.

    When: July from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Monday-Friday).

    Deadline iApril

    Information or apply: http://www.iit.edu/arch/programs/summer_program.shtml

    Contact: Sarah Pariseau Coordinator for Academic Affairs (312) 567-3231


    May Deadlines


    Just the Beginning Foundation HS Summer Law Program

    Just the Beginning Foundation (JBF) will host its ten-day Summer Legal Institute (SLI) for sixty-five diverse high school students at the DePaul University College of Law. The students will meet with a myriad of legal professionals, hear from guest speakers, visit federal court, learn networking skills, prepare and present an oral argument, and practice critical reasoning skills. Over the course of the program, the students will be introduced to different areas of the law.

    The SLI is open to students who will be high school sophomores, juniors or seniors next fall. Enrollment is limited to forty students. In addition, students and their parents/ guardians /mentors receive college preparatory advice on topics such as preparing for standardized tests, completing applications and securing financial aid.

    Cost Free, JTBF will provide breakfast and lunch each day of the program.

    When: August 

    Deadline: May



    Exploring Careers in Business Summer Program

    Southern Illinois University Carbondale College has a program designed to expose underrepresented minority high school students to the many opportunities available to them within the business profession.  Topics to be covered include an in- depth look at management, marketing, finance, and accounting. Students will participate in variety of workshops on leadership, team building, personal development, business networking, ACT testing preparation, and etiquettes.

    Cost: Free

    When: June

    Application due: May


    Contact: Michael Haywood (618) 453-7498 haywood@cba.siu.edu

    Director of Minority Affairs College of Business Southern Illinois University Carbondale


    Psychology Summer Program

    This summer, IIT Institute of Psychology is offering "Psychology in Everyday Life" to introduce high school students to the profession of psychology. The one week workshop will be a rich learning experience designed to help students make the connection between psychological principles and human behavior in everyday life. Students will acquire a broad array of facts about the developing child, the aging adult and everything else that occurs across the lifespan.

    Cost $485 (some scholarships available)

    When: June

    Applications are due: May


    Contact: Kristin Moriarty 312.567.3502 kmoriar2@iit.edu


    Goodman Theater General Theater Studies

    A FREE six-week theater intensive for students 14 to 19-year-old in the Chicago metropolitan area, General Theater Studies gives students the opportunity to learn skills from local theater professionals that are instantly applicable not only to the world of theater, but also their world at large. This summer program is designed to validate the voices of its participants, get them to examine their own potential for creativity and introduce them to all elements of the creation of theater, both on stage and behind the scenes. GTS will culminate in public presentations of an original performance created by the participants!

    Cost: Free

    When June – July

    Applications http://www.goodmantheatre.org/Education/Programs/Theatre.aspx

    Contact 312.443.5581 or email education@goodmantheatre.org


    National Association of Black Accountants ACAP

    The Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP) was created to provide minority high school students with early exposure to career opportunities within the business and accounting professions. The primary objective of ACAP is to increase the number of minority students pursuing careers in accounting and related business areas.

    ACAP is a summer residency program giving students the opportunity to reside in college dorms at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s campus for five days and four nights. The students attend classes on accounting and college preparation. Classroom topics are enhanced through team building activities, professional office tours, field trips, as well as other activities.

    Eligibility: Applicant must be a student who meets all the following requirements:

    • High school students
    • Possess a grade point average of 2.5 or above on a scale of 4.0

    Cost: Free

    Applications due: May

    For more information about the ACAP program, please visit www.nabainc.org

    Contact: Phillip Davis at pdavis157@hotmail.com


    African American Adolescent Male Summer Literacy Institute (AAAMSLI)

    The African American Adolescent Male Summer Literacy Institute helps connect young black males to literacy as a possible way out of violence and poverty. Students read and write about their plight and issues affecting their generation, while learning valuable life skills. "The institute focuses on using a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts as tools to support African-American adolescent males to write about the multiple contexts that shape their lives". The institute features reading, writing, spoken word and mentoring to help nurture the next generation of socially conscious readers and writers. Five young males will be selected for a two-day trip to Harlem in August, and have their writings critiqued by Walter Dean Myers.

    Cost: Free (students paid a $150 stipend)

    When: July, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

    Where: UIC Reading Clinic, 1040 W. Harrison St. (L268 - level)

    For more information about UIC, please visit www.uic.edu


    Contact: Alfred W. Tatum, Ph.D. Director of the UIC Reading Clinic/Associate Professor (312) 413-3883 atatum1@uic.edu


    African American Adolescent Female Summer Literacy Institute (AAAFSLI)

    See above, but for females 11-17 yo

    Contact: Lynette Danley ldanley@uic.edu at 312-996-4508 (office)


    June Deadlines


    The summer academy at DePaul

    This is a week long program held at DePaul University's Loop campus for High school students. They will receive hands-on instruction using the latest equipment and technology and will be taught by faculty from DePaul's School of Cinema and Interactive Media with real world experience.  Areas of focus will include digital cinema production, 3D computer modeling and animation for games and cinema and computer game development. This intensive week-long session will provide motivated students with a valuable educational experience as well as an advantage in today's competitive world of college admission.

    Cost $750

    Deadline: June 1st

    When: July


    Information contact: gocdm@cdm.depaul.edu


    The High School Summer Institute at Columbia College

    This is an intensive non-residential 5-week program for creative high school students that have completed their sophomore, junior, or senior year of study who want to immerse themselves in the visual, media, and communication arts.


    Students spend the summer exploring their ideas, developing the technical skills that bring their ideas to life, and earning college credit while they’re at it. High School Summer Institute students study with the same working professionals and scholars who teach Columbia’s undergraduates. Students also hone their craft in Columbia’s state-of-the-art facilities—film and video production and post-production studios, photography labs, animation labs, graphic design labs, dance studios, concert halls, theater stages, radio station, recording facilities, art studios, performance spaces, television studios, and more.

    When: July – August

    Application Deadline: June



    University of Missouri-College of Engineering (Diversity Scholars Summer Camp)

    The Diversity Scholars Program provides full scholarships for minority high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with interests in math and science to attend the College of Engineering's week long residential engineering camp. Students are introduced to engineering's various disciplines through hands-on activities, team design competitions and engineering related field trips. Come and experience:

    When: July

    Application due: June


    Contact: Laura Forbes 573-884-3403 E-mail: engineering@missouri.edu



    July Deadlines


    Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy

    The Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) ACE Academy is a nationally recognized program co-sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees (NBCFAE). ACE Academy is a program designed to offer an introduction to the aviation industry and aviation careers to middle and high school students.

    Cost: $20 application fee, other fees many apply

    Deadline: Dates and locations vary, for Chicago it’s July

    To register: http://www.obap.org/programs/programs-ace-camps.asp

    Kevin King
    VP Youth Services
    100 Black Men Chicago


    • Business Boot Camp at DeVry University - The FREE 4 session program gives you hands-on work with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and the Internet to build a working business plan.  The classes are: (1) Intro to Business/Creating a Business Plan, (2) Accounting and Business Finance, (3) Project Management, Business Operations and Marketing, and (4) Reviewing and Presenting your Business Plan.  Contact Mary Kuhn (mkuhn@devry.edu, 773-697-2052).  Classes are held at DeVry University.
    • Junior Achievement will be starting a free after school program that teaches students about entrepreneurship. Students will learn the steps to start their own business.  The program wil be on Wednesdays from 4:30-6pm.  Students who participate will be eligible for scholarships.  Scholarships can be researched at www.jachicago.org .
    • Architecture Camp at Southern Illinois Carbondale - camp is held in mid to late July for grades 9-12.  Participants learn (1) why buildings look the way they do and stand up, (2) what architects and interior designers do, (3) design drawing as a problem solving tool, (4) how a building is designed, constructed, used and reused, and more.  A $499 resident fee includes all meals, 5 nights lodging in the air-conditioned dorm, all educational supplies needed, transportation for the St. Louis field trip, camp supplies and materials, limited accident medical insurance coverage,a camp t-shirt, and for the quality instruction.  Phone 618-536-7751 for details.



      July 11, 2010 - July 17, 2010 This program explores all aspects of film production. Students are able to write original scripts, direct, act, edit, and view the final cut of their film at the conclusion of the program. Program participants will receive a copy of their films. Hosted by Western Illinois University.
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      Splash Chicago is a free enrichment program open to all high school students.  High school students will take courses led by University of Chicago undergraduates in a non-evaluative, discussion-based, exploratory environment that encourage students to develop their old interests while discovering new ones by taking classes in everything from abnormal psychology to Jedi swordfighting.  See the Course Catalog for a list of possible activities.  Splash attracts over 400 students per year, including students from as far away as Detroit, Minneapolis, and Phoenix, Arizona!



      Are you looking for something more interesting to do this summer than watching TV? Maybe you’d like to help protect our environment, explore the stars through a telescope, work with animals, or escape it all and conduct fieldwork in the mountains. Whatever your dream, Discover Your Summer can help you find it.

      Discover Your Summer is a guide to summer science opportunities for middle- and high-school students. It is filled with information on more than 175 programs in Chicago, the Midwest, and beyond. At Project Exploration, we believe that the summer months provide students with more than just a break from school; summer is also an opportunity to be a part of science enrichment programs that will broaden horizons and help prepare youth for the future.
    • Discover Your Summer highlights more than 200 summer science programs in the Midwest and beyond for middle and high school students. Please share.


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