Young Scholars Summer Research Program

The Young Scholars program is an opportunity for academically talented first-generation students with demonstrated financial need to advance their goal of pursing higher education. Our scholars receive the opportunity to participate in an authentic research experience at world class research university, under the mentorship of a faculty member or graduate student. Scholars additionally receive one-on-one coaching and advising from the student’s own high school teacher. This allows the scholar to voice concerns or questions to a familiar authority figure, who acts as a student advocate, voicing students’ issues to the necessary party. Additionally, students participate in weekly seminars on various topics including research projects, college-readiness, and scientific communication. The ultimate goal of this program is to make students feel comfortable in a university setting, form a science identity and gain confidence in attending college. The summer of 2017 is our pilot year for the Young Scholars Program at the University of Illinois.

For more information please contact: Joe Muskin ( and Dr. Jessica Perez (