Biological Sciences Career Exploration


  • Daytime/non-residential: $1,000; $100 deposit due at time of registration
  • Residential (on-campus room and board included): $2,000; $100 deposit due at time of registration

Date and Time

July 16–29 (residential), July 17–28 (daytime/non-residential)

Students have the option to live on campus while attending this program (residential) or commute from home each day (non-residential). The residential program will run from Sunday, July 16–Saturday, July 29, and will include evening and weekend activities. The non-residential program will be held from Monday, July 17–Thursday, July 28, from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. each day. 

Program Registration

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Applications are viewed on a rolling basis, and seats in the program are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. 


Rising ninth–12th graders (ages 14–17); students must be at least 15 years old to stay on campus 


Mies Campus

Program Description

This program will provide hands-on lab experiences in the modern biological sciences, as well as mentoring and career exploration with alumni, faculty, and professionals in research, industry, education, and medicine and other health professions.  Students will gain hands-on experience in the laboratory using recombinant DNA technology, bioinformatics, physiology, and by analyzing microorganisms found in the environment and on their own bodies. This will expose students to the multitude of different career paths that are available in the life sciences, and make them aware of the exciting science available to them.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will be exposed to a variety of techniques used in some fields of biology
  • Students will be exposed to different career options for those majoring in the biological sciences

Sample Schedule

8 a.m:. Breakfast (only for residential students)

10 a.m.–noon: Instruction

Noon–1 p.m.: Lunch 

1–3 p.m.: Instruction

3–6 p.m.: Activities and downtime with Illinois Tech summer interns (only for residential students)

6–7 p.m.: Dinner (only for residential students) 

7–10 p.m.: Activities and downtime with Illinois Tech summer interns (only for residential students)

10 p.m.: Residential hall check-in for the night (only for residential students)

Sample weekend activities: A beach day at Lake Michigan, visiting Navy Pier, visiting Millennium Park, taking in a Chicago White Sox game, and more! (only for residential students)

Sample weekday activities: Game night, bowling at Illinois Tech’s The Bog, and gaming at the Esports arena (only for residential students)


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