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The Science Preparatory Research Opportunities for Underrepresented Teens (SPROUT) Program aims to provide students with low socioeconomic status (SES) early exposure to graduate-level research education, improve the research enterprise through increased diversity, and prepare and recruit passionate students to Temple University’s College of Science and Technology.

This three-month summer research program aims to bring high school students into the labs at Temple University through an engaging series of workshops, events, and mentoring sessions.

Selected participants will be able to work alongside faculty on a topic of their choice, and as compensation for their contributions, will be given a stipend of $1,000 by the end of the program.

Program Highlights:

  • Competitive stipend of $1,000.00
  • Travel assistance (if needed) 
  • One-on-one mentorship from an established investigator  
  • Introduction to graduate-level research
  • Skill-building workshops
  • Higher preference for scholarships if admitted into Temple University

Interested in applying?

There will be a virtual informational session Saturday, December 20 at 11 am.

Program Timeline – Summer 2023:

Note: As the CDC leads the national response for COVID-19, Temple University will closely monitor ongoing updates with every student’s health and well-being in mind. Currently, the Science Preparatory Research Opportunities for Underrepresented Teens Program will take place both in person and virtually in Philadelphia for summer of 2023. Selected scholars accepted in the program must be fully vaccinated to participate.

Applications: Creation and distribution of applications for high school students and research advisors will be sent via email.  Distribution:  Monday, November 14th

Applications due: Friday, February 3rd

Note: The initial deadline was 1/27 but has been extended by 1 week.
Interviews: Students advancing to the interview process will be prompted to sign up to interview slots spanning three weeks. Students will be able to meet with potential faculty members.Week of February 13th
10 minute slots for each student
Announcement of Selection: Students will be notified via email if they will be a part of the program, and connected with mentors. Friday, February 24th
Program Start Date: Students are expected to attend orientation with program organizers. Monday, June 19th
Educational Webinars: Occur periodically (twice per month) until the conclusion of the program. TBD
Orientation: Friday, June 16th
Research Symposium: Will be held in-person. Posterboard presentation, judged and awards provided.TBD
Thursday, August 17th
10 minute presentations for each student 

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