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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 Hispanic 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 work place etiquette. While in the program, students will be introduced to a wide range of health professions and interprofessional research opportunities.

The INSPIRE Program is currently offered to students attending Cristo Rey Saint Martin College Prep, North Chicago Community High School, Round Lake High School and Waukegan High School. However, the long-term goal of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science is to expand the program to additional institutions in Lake County and develop it into a replicable educational model for use throughout the nation.

Program Duration

Monday June 10, 2019 - Thursday August 1, 2019*

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

Application Deadline

April 5, 2019

All applications, recommendation forms, and school transcripts must arrive at the University by April 5, 2019. Applicants will be notified by the second week of April if they have been selected to interview for the program.

Interviews: Interviews of top candidates and their parents/guardians will take place between April 8, 2019, and April 20, 2019. Parents and/or guardians are required to participate in these interviews.

Final Decisions: All applicants will be notified by May 3, 2019.

Download the Required Documents Below

  • INSPIRE Electronic Application Form (2021 link to come)
  • INSPIRE Electronic Recommendation Form (2021 link to come)

  • INSPIRE Program Overview / Resumen del Programa (2021 link to come)
  • Science Saturdays Application (Fall 2020 form is closed)

*Dates subject to change per program needs.