The best way to jumpstart your STEM studies and prepare for college life.

The Dominican Star Summer Science Institute is an ideal gateway experience as you get ready to begin your college career. Join us from August 9-22!

This is two-week, free residential program allows you to

  • Conduct hands-on experiments alongside Dominican faculty in our labs, learn how to do academic research and present your findings
  • Collect specimens for lab study on field visits
  • Discover the most effective study strategies for success in STEM in college
  • Connect with your future classmates as well as upperclassmen mentors
  • Visit scientific institutes and other locations around the Chicagoland area
  • Get to know Dominican's campus and all the opportunities you will have while you're a student here
  • Receive a $500 scholarship when you complete the program!

All you have to do is apply. The program is available on a first-come, first-served basis and space is limited, so don’t wait!

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The details

Tuition, room and board are grant-funded, so there is no cost to the student participants. A $100 refundable deposit is required upon admittance to hold your seat; it will be returned once you arrive for the program. This program is available for all incoming freshman STEM interested students, including majors in biology, biology-chemistry, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental sciences, math, math and computer sciences, natural sciences and neuroscience. You will earn a $500 scholarship just for your participation!


Please contact your admission counselor or Kate Powers at