The STEM Scholars program is designed to encourage students to pursue secondary-education and careers in STEM fields. The ERC collaborates with high schools in Northern Illinois to provide students with additional hands-on experience in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); mentorship from STEMĀ  professionals; and guidance about careers relating to these fields.

Once completed, a subset of students who demonstrate enthusiasm to continue the program will be offered a paid internship over the summer to further their education, and to develop and carry out a project that has a positive impact in their neighborhood. The interns over the summer will be educated in STEM, energy efficiency, and consumer facing technologies. The interns will gain hands-on experience in engineering and connecting with community members to become energy ambassadors among their peers.

I am so grateful to have experienced this program. I learned a lot about the professional world and myself during this program. I feel much better prepared for the professional world and for my college career now having gone through this program. Thank you for all your guidance and kind words.

Xitlali Chavez-Morris

You can find what you love in STEM through experience and practice.

Phillip Chavez