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Center for Talent Development (CTD) Online Programs »


Gifted LearningLinks (GLL) offers engaging gifted online courses and programs, including family programs, enrichment, core essentials, honors, and AP® courses for gifted and talented students in kindergarten through grade 12.

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Resource Types: Development Opportunities, Training Program
Participating Institutions: Northwestern University
Career Levels: Grammar School, High School, Middle School
Subject Area: Education

Program Duration: 9 weeks - 9 months


Center for Talent Development (CTD) Summrr Programs »


Life-changing residential and commuter programs providing challenging enrichment, honors and Advanced Placement® courses taught in a highly supportive environment. From early childhood through elementary, middle and high school, Center for Talent Development (CTD) gifted summer programs encourage gifted kids to explore academic areas of interest and connect with a community of peers.

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Resource Types: Development Opportunities, Training Program
Participating Institutions: Northwestern University
Career Levels: Grammar School, High School, Middle School
Subject Area: Education

Program Duration: 1-3 weeks


Center for Talent Development (CTD) Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Program »


Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University assists the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (JKC) in building awareness fort its prestigious Young Scholars and College Scholarship Programs.

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Resource Types: Development Opportunities, Training Program
Participating Institutions: Northwestern University
Career Levels: High School, Middle School
Subject Area: Education

Application Due Date: Friday, April 19, 2024


Center for Talent Development (CTD) Service-Learning Programs »


The Civic Education Project (CEP) combines service-learning with study and reflection. Through this award-winning leadership and civic engagement program, middle and high school students engage with social issues first hand and develop skills to change the world.

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Resource Types: Development Opportunities, Training Program
Participating Institutions: Northwestern University
Career Levels: High School, Middle School
Subject Area: Education

Program Duration: 7 days - 3 weeks


CHASE Your Dreams: Discovering Healthcare Careers »


Students can observe surgeries, help medical imaging staff examine x-rays and observe a day in the life of our emergency department. Students hear presentations from the hospital’s nationally renowned pediatric care specialists from a broad range of medical disciplines.

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Resource Types: Mentorship
Participating Institutions: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Career Levels: High School
Subject Area: Medicine

Contact Name: Maria Rivera

Eligibility Criteria: Latino, ages 17 to 19, and chosen from 14 underserved Chicago public high schools and must be bilingual.
Program Duration: Summer, 6 weeks
Students Funded: $1,000


Exelon/Comed STEM Academy »


The CHANCE S.T.E.M. Academy is a partnership with Exelon-ComEd, and is an interactive project designed to introduce high school students to college-level engineering coursework.

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Resource Types: Education Program
Participating Institutions: University of Illinois at Chicago
Career Levels: High School
Subject Area: Engineering, Mathematics, Science, Technology

Contact Name: Kendall Parker

Eligibility Criteria: High School Student
Program Duration: School Year


Honors Program in Medical Education »


A pioneering program established at Northwestern in 1961, the HPME admits students simultaneously to one of the undergraduate colleges at Northwestern University in Evanston and Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. HPME students participate in a flexible, individualized undergraduate program that may be completed in three or four years prior to matriculation to Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Resource Types: Early Admission Program
Participating Institutions:
Career Levels: High School
Subject Area: Medicine

Contact Email: [email protected]

Program Duration: 4 years
Application Due Date: Monday, January 1, 2024


Northwestern Academy »


A program designed to prepare Chicago Public Schools high school students for highly selective colleges and universities through supplemental educational opportunities and support services.

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Resource Types: Development Opportunities, Training Program
Participating Institutions: Northwestern University
Career Levels: High School
Subject Area: Education, Health

Contact Name: Program Director: Cassandra Geiger

Contact Email: [email protected]

Eligibility Criteria: Student attending Chicago Public School, low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented minority (African American, Native American, Hispanic/Latino, Pacific Islander)
Program Duration: 4-year academic program with summer activities
Students Funded: 200 students will be enrolled from grades 9-12


Northwestern Medicine Discovery Program »


Activities include tours, guest speakers, group discussion and hands-on projects. In addition, the program offers leadership, mentorship, networking, and community service opportunities.

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Resource Types: Development Opportunities, Training Program
Participating Institutions: Northwestern University
Career Levels: High School
Subject Area: Medicine

Contact Name: Holly Manprisio

Program Duration: 2 years


Northwestern Medicine Scholars Program »


Program offers enriching experiences that enable outstanding high school students to explore and be better prepared for potential careers in medicine as future physicians and biomedical scientists.

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Resource Types: Development Opportunities, Training Program
Participating Institutions: Northwestern University
Career Levels: High School
Subject Area: Medicine, Science

Contact Name: Counseling Chair and Director of Admissions: Rebecca Miller

Eligibility Criteria: Students from underrepresented communities
Program Duration: Summer


NU-PATIENT K12 Faculty Training Program »


An AHRQ funded career development training grant designed to support the early research career development of junior faculty who will be engaged in comparative effectiveness and patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR)

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Resource Types: Development Opportunities, Training Program
Participating Institutions: Northwestern University
Career Levels: Grammar School, High School, Middle School
Subject Area: Medicine

Contact Name: Program Director: David Cella, PhD Program Coordinator: Robert Chapman

Contact Email: [email protected]


Summer College Bridge Program »


Chicago Public School juniors can take college courses with Northwestern undergraduates to experience academic and social life on campus.

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Resource Types: College Preparation
Participating Institutions: Northwestern University
Career Levels: High School
Subject Area: Education, Health

Contact Name: Office of Summer Session and Special Programs

Contact Email: [email protected]

Eligibility Criteria: Chicago Public Health Student
Program Duration: Summer, 3-8 weeks depending on course
Stipend Amount: Cost of 1 undergraduate course, free tuition and textbook.
Students Funded: 25 CPS high school junior students
Application Due Date: Friday, April 8, 2022


Summer Youth Mentorship and Promotion of Literacy »


A program that provides high school students the opportunity to work closely with a physician in our pediatric health facility in Uptown to learn about careers in medicine, while becoming involved in community service and literacy promotion.

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Resource Types: Mentorship
Participating Institutions: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Career Levels: High School
Subject Area: Medicine

Contact Name: Mariana Glusman, MD

Program Duration: Summer


UIC CHANCE Saturday College Prep »


The CHANCE Saturday College is a comprehensive 10-week instructional program designed for high school students interested in attending UIC and will prepare them for the transition to college and the placement exam.

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Resource Types: Education Program
Participating Institutions: University of Illinois at Chicago
Career Levels: High School
Subject Area: College Course Prep

Contact Name: Kendall Parker

Eligibility Criteria: High School Student
Program Duration: 10 Weeks


UIC CHANCE Summer Youth STEM camp »


The CHANCE for CHANGE Summer Youth S.T.E.M. Camp was designed to identify and recruit academically talented students interested in the STEM disciplines in order to prepare them for academic instruction and networking opportunities for possible entry into S.T.E.M. related careers.

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Resource Types: Education Program
Participating Institutions: University of Illinois at Chicago
Career Levels: High School
Subject Area: Engineering, Mathematics, Science, Technology

Contact Name: Kendall Parker

Eligibility Criteria: High School Student
Program Duration: 6 Weeks Summer Program


UIC Latino Health Science Enrichment Program (LAHSEP) »


The Latino Health Science Enrichment Program(LaHSEP) is a 6-week summer academic enrichment program open to High School students and incoming UIC freshman from the Chicagoland and neighboring suburbs. The overall goal of this program is to offer Latino students a holistic approach to their educational development through a three track process that develops and prepares participants in specific areas (ACT, Research, or transition to UIC).

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Resource Types: Education Program
Participating Institutions: University of Illinois at Chicago
Career Levels: High School
Subject Area: Health Sciences

Contact Name: Juan Mosqueda

Eligibility Criteria: Latino High School Student
Program Duration: Summer, 6 weeks


UIC Medicina Academy Apprentice Program (MAAP) »


The Medicina Academy Apprentice Program is a highly engaging 4-year pre-medical apprentice program that works in partnership with Chicago area high schools to provide pathways for Latino students to prepare for professions in the medical field.

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Resource Types: Education Program
Participating Institutions: University of Illinois at Chicago
Career Levels: High School
Subject Area: Health Sciences

Contact Name: Juan Mosqueda

Program Duration: 4 Years
Application Due Date: Thursday, December 19, 2024


UIC UHP Early Outreach Program »


The Early Outreach Program is a pre-college pipeline that includes Saturday College, Summer Prep, and Young Scientist programs, among others, for talented Chicago-area 4th through 12th grade students.

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Resource Types: Development Opportunities, Training Program
Participating Institutions: University of Illinois at Chicago
Career Levels: Grammar School, High School, Middle School
Subject Area: Engineering, Mathematics, Science, Technology

Contact Name: Princess Currence

Eligibility Criteria: 4th - 12th Grade Student
Program Duration: 1 year


Upward Bound Math and Science »


A program designed to strengthen the math and science skills of students in grades 8 through 12. We help students recognize and develop their potential in math and science and encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in math and science, and ultimately careers in the math and science profession.

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Resource Types: Tutoring Program
Participating Institutions: Northeastern Illinois University
Career Levels: High School
Subject Area: Education, Mathematics, Science, Technology

Contact Name: Aaron Cortes

Contact Email: [email protected]


Women’s Health Science Program »


This program targets young women who are considering careers in science and medicine and prepares them with valuable knowledge and skills to successfully become the next generation of women science leaders.

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Resource Types: Development Opportunities, Training Program
Participating Institutions: Northwestern University
Career Levels: High School
Subject Area: Medicine, Science

Contact Name: Teresa K Woodruff, PhD

Contact Email: [email protected]

Eligibility Criteria: Female student attending a Chicago Public School and from an underserved community
Program Duration: Winter 2015


Youth Health Sciences Service Corps »


The Youth Health Service Corps recruit and train a corp of high school and grammer school volunteers prepared to respond to emergencies in conjunction with city, state and federal agencies.

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Resource Types: Education Program
Participating Institutions: University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago - Cancer Center
Career Levels: Grammar School, High School
Subject Area: Health Sciences

Contact Name: Yazmin San Miguel

Eligibility Criteria: Chicago High School and Grammar School Student
Program Duration: School Year