STEM Scholars Program

Congresswoman Underwood invites current sophomore and junior high school students from Illinois 14th congressional district interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to apply for STEM Scholar Program for the 2021 calendar year. Students accepted to the program will join the Congresswoman on virtual visits to various STEM-related businesses and facilities. These visits may include demonstrations, discussions with local business leaders, employees, educators, and researchers to learn how STEM is being utilized in the local area. 

How to apply 

STEM Scholars will need the following required items to apply: 

  • Expression of Interest - Why are you interested in the STEM Scholar program and what do you hope to learn? (max. 250 words)  
  • Essay - What challenges does the STEM field face currently? (max. 500 words) 
    • OR With the rise of STEM, what greater challenges, if any, does society face?  
  • Resume including a list of activities, accomplishments, and awards. 
  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher or mentor. 
  • A signed Parental Consent and Photo Authorization Form. Please print, have a parent or guardian complete this form, and create a digital copy by scanning a PDF or taking a picture. 

Please assemble these documents before submitting your application through the Google form (application closed). Students can submit their applications here starting on Friday, November 7th. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 8, 2021. 

For questions, please reach out to Rep. Underwood’s West Chicago Office at 630-549-2190.