Elmhurst STEM Academy

Jump-Start Your Academic Career

This summer, give yourself a head start on a dynamic career at Elmhurst College’s STEM Academy, which takes place June 11 through June 21, 2020.

This 10-day residential program provides an exceptional opportunity for high school students going into their junior or senior year to expand their horizons, develop their skills and experience life at one of U.S. News and World Report’s top Midwestern colleges.

You’ll live on campus at Elmhurst College while participating in classes that will sharpen your math skills, advance your computer skills, and allow you to explore fascinating topics in biology and chemistry—plus, you’ll earn college credit.

In addition, all students attending the STEM Academy are awarded a $2,000 annual scholarship toward an undergraduate degree program at Elmhurst.

Academy Cost: $500

Includes classes, housing and meals. Need-based scholarships are available; see below.

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Learn More About the Academy

The program is ideal for students in high school who are considering careers in fields like biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, medicine and nursing. At a minimum, students should have taken coursework in algebra, geometry, biology and chemistry.

Classes expand on what you’ve already learned during your first two years of high school. You will sharpen your skills in advanced algebra and trigonometry, and discover the real-world applications of STEM.

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to use computers and the internet to explore STEM. You’ll become familiar with major software packages used in STEM, including Derive, PCSolve, Mathematica and Maple.

But that’s not all. You’ll gain the skills and confidence to excel, in college and beyond. And you’ll experience campus life at a great college with an expanding reputation for excellence. You’ll meet our top-notch faculty, experience coding in the programs above and other software, get to know Elmhurst students, and gain confidence in your ability to succeed in college.

The Academy is under the direction of Professor of Mathematics Evans Afenya, Ph.D., and classes are taught by our outstanding STEM faculty. You will work closely with Elmhurst faculty members and students, forming teams to explore issues in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics.

Students stay in one of our residence halls on the College Mall. Men and women live on separate floors.

Participants pay a $500 registration fee. All other costs are covered by Elmhurst College, including classes, meals, on-campus residence and access to all of Elmhurst’s excellent facilities.

The application is now available, and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full.

To qualify for the Academy, students must clearly demonstrate their interest in mathematics and the sciences. Specifically, students will be expected to have a good college preparatory background in mathematics, biology and chemistry courses in high school and be recommended by their high school mathematics or science teachers. In certain circumstances, prospective participants may be invited for an interview with the Academy director to determine eligibility.

The Academy begins on June 11 with a meeting for students, parents, faculty and staff. We encourage your parents to attend because their participation in the Academy will help them be active partners in your college experience.

Need-based scholarships are available to students who qualify. If you’d like to explore this option, please submit a letter of eligibility from your high school counselor indicating that you qualify for free or reduced lunch.

If you have questions about the STEM Academy, please contact Assistant Director of Admission Tim Ahlberg at (630) 617-3309 or ahlbergt@elmhurst.edu for more information.

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