Chemistry Summer Scholars Program


No cost; program fees will be covered for students who are accepted into the program.

Date and Time

Flexible; students are required to work 30 hours per week for eight to 10 weeks over the course of summer 2021 based on their availability and faculty adviser availability.

Application Process

To apply for this program, students must submit the following materials by May 1:

  • School transcript
  • Résumé
  • Cover letter
  • Recommendation letter

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Rising 10th–12th graders and community college students who have taken at least one chemistry course


Mies Campus

Program Description

The Summer Scholar Program (SSP) in the Department of Chemistry at Illinois Tech is intended for accomplished high school and community college students who are passionate about learning and are interested in doing some hands-on chemistry research. Research areas include (but are not limited to) bioanalytical chemistry, computational chemistry and biochemistry, environmental chemistry, forensic chemistry, and medicinal chemistry related to energy and sustainability science, materials science, sensor science and technology, computational science, data science, bioanalysis, and health with real-world applications.

Selected students will be paired with a faculty adviser in the department and will work in their research lab for a period of eight to 10 weeks over summer 2021. Exact dates will be determined based on student and adviser availability. High school and college-level students who are interested in gaining hands-on chemistry research experience and are capable of commuting to Illinois Tech’s campus are welcome to apply. 

COVID-19 Note

Illinois Tech Pre-College is committed to creating a safe learning environment for students in the Chemistry Research Experience program. Because the program will be run in an in-person day/non-residential format, we are making the following changes to the format of the program:

  • Students will be able to come into the lab on Mies Campus at least once a week. Some of the labs with more space can accommodate more people social distance wise and could be entered more frequently. 
  • While on campus, students will learn and follow lab safety protocols, set up and carry out experiments, get training on specific lab equipment, and interact with graduate students.
  • Students will be able to conduct research from home by reading articles, doing calculations, analyzing data, attending virtual meetings, and learning the general research process.
  • Registered students will be required to submit a negative COVID PCR test within 72 hours of the start of the program.
  • While on campus, all students and instructors must wear a face covering that fits snugly against the sides of their face, does not have gaps, and fully covers their nose and mouth. Please review the CDC guidelines for selecting a mask that best protects you and others around you. Extra masks and hand sanitizer will be available in the program space.
  • Lunches and any provided snacks will be individually packaged.
  • Temperature checks will occur daily when students arrive for the program. Students must have a temperature below 100 degrees Fahrenheit to participate. If someone starts to feel ill, the instructor must be notified immediately, and the student must leave the program.