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Influence Student Potential and Increase Representation in Education

INSPIRE is an eight-week mentoring and applied research program designed to build the pipeline for underrepresented in medicine students pursuing higher education in the fields of science and biomedical research. The long-term goal of INSPIRE is to increase the number of qualified students from underrepresented populations completing advanced degree health programs and serving the community as practicing health professionals. Its primary purpose is to provide hands-on biomedical research opportunities and mentoring to promising high school and college students.

INSPIRE students will conduct original biomedical research under the direction of a graduate student mentor and faculty advisor. The program includes weekly presentations on careers in the health sciences as well as mandatory academic and professional enrichment sessions to improve student performance in language arts, mathematics, science, and workplace etiquette. While in the program, students will be introduced to a wide range of health professions and interprofessional research opportunities.

The INSPIRE Program accepts high school students residing in North Chicago, Waukegan, Zion, and Round Lake. The long-term goal of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science is to expand our INSPIRE program and develop it into a replicable educational model for use throughout the nation.

INSPIRE Program Duration

Monday June 10th - Thursday August 1st

(Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)


Every year, new INSPIRE students are selected from the pool of previous Science Saturdays student cohorts and direct applicants from local Lake County high schools. Eligibility will be based on academic performance, commitment to healthcare, science, and education, family involvement, and space availability.

To apply to INSPIRE and Science Saturdays, please visit our online application.

The application closes on March 15th at 11:59pm

Science Saturdays


Science Saturdays teaches core lab techniques, the scientific method and other key science concepts to local high school students. The program provides academic engagement in the critical areas of math and science while helping students gain the skills, techniques and confidence they need to efficiently work in a laboratory setting. Science Saturdays occur for 10 consecutive weeks each Saturday in four-hour sessions and serves approximately 28 students per summer.


Saturday June 1st – Saturday August 12th

(Every Saturday, except July 6th, from 10am-2pm)