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The Aspirnaut Summer Research Internship Program at U-M strives to expand interest in basic science research by bringing high school students from under-resourced areas to U-M to become immersed in a hands-on science laboratory experience. We are recruiting students from select communities across Michigan — including rural and socioeconomically disadvantaged communities.
High school student interns will spend six weeks on U-M's Ann Arbor campus working with a team of researchers in the life sciences. They will conduct their own research project, and gather results that contribute to cutting-edge research. At the end of the experience, our Aspirnaut interns will present their findings to peers and mentors.
The 2021 program schedule will run from June 14th through July 23rd.
Interns will receive a $1,700 stipend to participate in the program, which will be divided into three payments over the course of the program.
Room and board are also include in the program. Students will be provided with housing in a student residence hall on campus and meals at a campus dining facility (three meals Monday-Friday and two meals on Saturday and Sunday).
Aspirnaut interns are required to be present and on campus for the duration of the program. Absences for non-health or non-emergency related reasons are not permitted.
Interns are responsible for providing transportation to and from the program.
Interns are required to have health insurance coverage for the duration of the program.
Life on a College Campus
Housing is provided in a campus residence hall and the program plans on double occupancy (shared rooms).
Over the course of summer, interns will have opportunities to interact in social and professional activities with participants in other summer high school programs while exploring our beautiful campus in downtown Ann Arbor.
Aspirnaut interns will also have access to university resources such as campus recreation facilities and the student health service.
Preparation and enrichment
Interns will also benefit from professional development and enrichment opportunities. These include individualized meetings with mentors, preparation for standardized tests, college advising, networking opportunities with scientists in a world-class research environment, as well as cultural and social activities.
A safe and supportive environment
Aspirnaut interns are supervised by research supervisors, undergraduate resident advisors and program staff. The university’s policies and procedures for hosting minors on campus promote a safe and supportive environment for participants.
Consistent with those policies, the Aspirnaut program follows an established Code of Conduct, and its faculty, staff (including student employees), and volunteers submit to criminal background screening, complete required training, and adhere to all applicable reporting obligations. For more detailed information, please refer to the university’s “Policy on Minors Involved in University-Sponsored Programs or Programs Held in University Facilities.”
The Aspirnaut Summer Research Internship Program at U-M is modeled after a very successful program started by two faculty members at Vanderbilt University. Learn more about the original Aspirnaut program, which continues as an independent non-profit based in Nashville.
Beyond the program
While this is a six-week summer program, our goal is to help students pursue their dreams of enrolling in college and pursuing educational and career opportunities in the sciences. If a participant is later admitted to the University, additional university resources may also be available, like the Go Blue Guarantee — which provides four years of free tuition to admitted, in-state students from households earning less than $65,000 per year.
"It has made me mature as an individual and appreciate everything others do for me. I also learned I am smarter than I thought and anything can be accomplished if you really try hard.”
– Aspirnaut participant, M.G