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Influence Student Potential and Increase Representation in Education

INSPIRE is an eight-week mentoring and applied research program designed to build the pipeline for underrepresented in medicine students pursuing higher education in the fields of science and biomedical research. The long-term goal of INSPIRE is to increase the number of qualified students from underrepresented populations completing advanced degree health programs and serving the community as practicing health professionals. Its primary purpose is to provide hands-on biomedical research opportunities and mentoring to promising high school and college students.

INSPIRE students will conduct original biomedical research under the direction of a graduate student mentor and faculty advisor. The program includes weekly presentations on careers in the health sciences as well as mandatory academic and professional enrichment sessions to improve student performance in language arts, mathematics, science, and workplace etiquette. While in the program, students will be introduced to a wide range of health professions and interprofessional research opportunities.

The INSPIRE Program is currently offered to students attending Cristo Rey Saint Martin College Prep, North Chicago Community High School, Round Lake High School, and Waukegan High School. However, the long-term goal of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science is to expand the program to additional institutions in Lake County and develop it into a replicable educational model for use throughout the nation.

INSPIRE Program Duration

Monday, June 21 - Friday, August 13, 2021*

(Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)


Every year, new INSPIRE students will be selected from the pool of previous Science Saturdays student cohorts. Eligibility will be based on performance, commitment, family involvement, and space availability.

Science Saturdays


Saturday, October 9, 2021 - Saturday, January 22, 2022*

(Every Saturday, except holidays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)


*Dates subject to change per program needs.