Summer Special Programs

Training Early Achievers for Careers in Health (TEACH) Research Program

TEACH cultivates students’ interests through engaging, evidence-based curricula in two programs: Field Research and Hospital Research. Rising juniors are eligible to apply.

In Field Research, students attend weekly seminars taught by experienced University of Chicago PhD students. The program also hosts a weekly mentorship luncheon, during which students discuss future plans and gain career advice from their graduate instructors and network with other invited faculty. Outside of seminar, the class ventures to the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and Museum of Science and Industry for interactive labs in forensics, evolution, and medicine.

On the Hospital Research side, students are immersed in the hospital environment, performing patient interviews as part of a clinical research team while attending faculty lectures and working towards completion of team research projects – all under the guidance of college, medical student, and faculty mentors. The program culminates in a poster session where student teams present their work to hospital faculty.


Summer Lab Research Internships

During the summer before junior or senior year, students have the opportunity to apply for lab research positions within various departments on campus. Scholars work alongside University of Chicago faculty and graduate students and get hands-on research experience. Scholars are also placed and matched with faculty from Northwestern University.  During this summer research program, scholars experiment on a variety of scientific projects and present their scientific findings at CSP's Culminating Event. Our current lab partners at The University of Chicago include: 

  • Department of Neurology
  • Center for Multiscale Theory and Simulation
  • Chicago Center for Systems Biology
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Geophysical Science

For more information visit the Community Programs page


College Bridge

During the summer before junior and senior year, scholars have the opportunity to apply to take College Bridge courses through the Graham School. Students may choose from over 100 undergraduate courses from the University's renowned College curriculum, including such popular topics as Shakespeare, ancient and modern foreign languages, comptuer programming, calculus, biologuy, and macroeconomics. College Bridge courses are for university credit and are tuition free for CSP students.


College Tour

UCCSP creates and executes a week-long college tour each summer. The College Tour explores numerous types of colllege campuses to expose scholars to the benefits of understanding campus cultures and learning environments, even if they aren't interested in a specific college. We believe that understanding what you don't like can be just as impactful as learning what you do when it comes to determining which colleges and universities will be a fit for you. 

The college fair does require a deposit, though the cost is dramatically reduced. In addition, the cost is all inclusive, covering transportation, lodging, entertainment events, and all meals. Financial aid and fundraising support is available for scholars who apply.