The tuition-free Research Apprentice Program provides career exploration opportunities for students in the top quarter of their class who represent underserved or economically disadvantaged groups. RAP I, a four-week session for students entering grades 9-10, explores career pathways in either food; human and environmental sciences; or children, families and education. Participants visit corporate facilities, attend seminars and minicourses and work in teams to solve problems. RAP II is an intensive, seven-week laboratory and academic program for previous RAP I students and others entering grade 11 who have an interest in food, agricultural and environmental sciences. Laboratory research topics include plant genetics, animal physiology, nutritional sciences, food chemistry and engineering, veterinary medicine, computer imaging and environmental studies.
|Name||University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Research Apprentice Program|
|Program Focuses & Features||Engineering, Environmental Science, Math, Science, Swimming, Veterinary Medicine|
|Grade Range (rising grades)||9-12|
|Age Range||Residential — Coed Ages 13-18|
|Director||Jesse Thompson, Coordinator|
|Residential Fee||Free. 2-7 weeks.|
|Dates & Sessions||June-Aug; 2 sessions, 4-7 weeks long|