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Support Programs Offered By Consortium Members

INfluence Student Potential and Increase Representation in Education (INSPIRE)

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

INSPIRE is an eight-week mentoring and applied research program designed to build the pipeline for Hispanic 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


Scholarship Promoting Lake County Affordable Sustainable Healthcare (SPLASH)

College of Lake County

The SPLASH Program and the new Pre-Professions and Healthcare Scholars Program are being developed to assist students to in becoming lifelong learners. They offer mentorship, peer cohorts, field and clinical experiences, and shadowing opportunities through internships, where applicable. Additional support services are provided to allow for a strong formulation of "soft skills, or noncognitive factors, as research from the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research has illustrated that noncognitive attributes "have a direct positive relationship to students‘ concurrent school performance as well as future academic outcomes." (Teaching Adolescences To Become Learners, June 2012)

Center for P-20 Engagement

Northern Illinois University

The P-20 Center connects resources, expertise, research and services to external partners. The Center manages about 25 programs, projects, and activities that are organized around five P-20 goals – raising student achievement, improving teachers‘ success, facilitating seamless transitions, conducting applied research and assessment, and promoting engagement.

About the Center

P-20 Network

Northern Illinois University

The Network raises educational achievement thru regional action.

About the Network

STEM Summer Camps

Northern Illinois University

These camps help 5th - 12th graders discover topics in science, technology, engineering and mathematics within a camp setting. Camps include: Engineering Amusement (Grades 5-7) Exploring STEM through Art, Nature, Waterbotics, Lego EV3 Space, Lego EV3 Engineering, Sports, Chemistry, or Engineering (Grades 7-9) STEM Career Explorations Health Care, Engineering, Science, or Video Game Design (Grades 10-12) Eagle's Nest STEAM Camp New camp exploring the art in STEM (Grades 9-12)

About STEM Camps


Northern Illinois University

This program uses live and online programs to inspire readers to learn more about the science, technology, engineering, and math concepts in popular fiction. Readers enjoy the books on their own or with school or library groups and then meet at NIU or connect with us online to explore the science behind the fiction through hands-on activities, presentations by NIU faculty and staff, author visits, interactive games, collaborative writing projects, and other STEAM activities (STEM plus the arts).

About STEM Read

Smart Space

Northern Illinois University

Smart Space is an eLearning Community where participants learn while having fun. Games will test knowledge on a wide range of topics, and lots of activities are available. Watch videos with experts who explain various STEM topics to go along with activities. They also provide interdisciplinary lesson plans, teacher‘s guides, and activities for educators.

About Smart Space


Northern Illinois University

Fun, casual gatherings where adults can eat, drink, and chat with STEM professionals about the latest scientific research. These events are free and open to the public.

About STEM Cafes

STEAM Professional Development

Northern Illinois University

This one-day workshop STEAMs up ideas for integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics into classrooms. Designed for teachers of all grade levels and subject areas

About the Workshop

Math/Science Scholars Program

Carthage College

Full-ride tuition scholarships competitively awarded to incoming freshmen with promise in the sciences or mathematics.

Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium

Carthage College

Provides research funding for undergraduate, graduate and professional students research in an aerospace-related STEM field. Also provides internship opportunities at Space Explorers, Inc for students pursuing future careers in education, science, research, computer programming, marketing, and communications. Each year, Space Explorers hires one to three students who are pursuing fields in one or more of these areas.

About the Space Grant Consortium

Noyce Scholars Capacity Building Grant Program

Carthage College

Offers incentives for high-performing STEM majors to obtain a secondary education certification to teach in high-need schools in the Kenosha/Racine corridor.

The Carthage Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program

Carthage College

Funds approximately 20 STEM students each summer to participate in faculty-mentored research on campus and around the world. Students selected to participate in SURE spend 10 weeks on campus doing research full time (40 hours per week) with a faculty mentor. Students receive a stipend, campus room and board, and a small research budget. All SURE students and faculty mentors meet weekly for lunch, during which students present their progress. At the end of the program, students are required to write a project report and display their findings at a poster session for the Carthage community

About SURE

Providing Access Through Holistic Support (PATHS) Office of Multicultural Student Success

DePaul University

PATHS is career-focused program offered by the Office of Multicultural Student Success to rising sophomores at DePaul University. All PATHS participants are provided the opportunity to engage staff in one-on-one conversations focused on career discernment; enroll in a two-credit career exploration and discernment course; attend career field trips; and receive weekly e-newsletters informing students about career exploration activities offered on campus. Participants will also have an opportunity to create a career portfolio.



DePaul University

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) provides advising, academic assistance, mentoring and career-related services to eligible first-generation and low-income undergraduates at DePaul to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and help students make the transition from college to career. Since 1997, DePaul‘s SSS program has assisted approximately 2,000 students on the path to timely attainment of the baccalaureate degree.

About TRIO

McNair Scholars

DePaul University

The McNair program prepares carefully selected undergraduate students who are from low-income and/or first-generation college families, or who are members of underrepresented groups, for doctoral study and faculty careers. It is a challenging program that provides opportunities for undergraduate research and faculty mentoring along with intensive advising and assistance with the graduate school admission process.

About McNair Scholars

Mitchem Fellows

DePaul University

The Arnold Mitchem Fellows program, named after Arnold L. Mitchem, PhD, is a DePaul University program designed to prepare sophomore status undergraduates from backgrounds underrepresented in higher education who possess excellent academic records and a commitment to complete a graduate degree for doctoral study and entrance to academic careers.

About Mitchem Fellows

First Year Academic Success

DePaul University

The First-Year Academic Success program is designed to help students complete prerequisite math or writing courses required for their major and the Liberal Studies Program. FYAS provides students the opportunity to take these courses during the winter break, tuition-free for no-credit, with the ability to advance to the next math or writing course.

About FYAS

College Connect

DePaul University

Five-week program of academic enrichment, cultural exploration and career awareness experiences for students with college potential and the motivation to succeed, but who may face difficulties navigating the road to college. College Connect provides participants with an opportunity to take a college-level class during the summer on DePaul‘s Lincoln Park campus, and helps students to explore the why and how of going to college after high school graduation.

About College Connect

Students Together Are Reaching Success (STARS)

DePaul University

First-year students interested in the holistic support services provided by the Office of Multicultural Student Success can participate in this program. Every first year student of color and First Year Academic Success program participant is assigned a mentor. Students choose to become active in this program after meeting their mentor. STARS peer mentors assist with their transition into the DePaul community during their first year. Students are offered various services that perpetuate their academic, cultural, transitional and leadership development. These students also can give back to the community later on in their academic careers by serving as peer mentors to future DePaul students.


Project Pioneer

Carroll University

Project Pioneer is an innovative research-based program designed to address the preparation for college and career ready youth. The rigorous program is created to support and challenge students to acquire the knowledge, skills and disposition needed to effectively graduate high school and enroll and succeed in credit bearing, first year courses at a two-year or four-year, post-secondary institution. Project Pioneer is developed to support the individual needs of students‘ as they reach and grow to their full potential by infusing extra people power and culture of high expectations.

About Project Pioneer

Waukesha Engage

Carroll College

Many families are faced with challenges as they prepare for the future. Waukesha Engage responds to the need for education by empowering and encouraging families about high school transition and college entrance. The multi-agency initiative disseminates information, facilitates pathways for families and students, and provides access to the know-how necessary to explore life‘s infinite possibilities.

About Waukesha Engage

Horizontes en Carroll

Carroll College

This pre-college summer program is funded by Wisconsin‘s Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Precollege Scholarship Program at Carroll University in Waukesha, WI. It provides funds to students eligible for free/reduced lunch for the purpose of helping students to have the experience of being on a college campus and taking advantage of a variety of precollege program academic offerings in public, independent, and technical colleges. The Precollege Scholarship helps students get a head start in college preparation

About Horizontes en Carrol

Youth 2 Discover Mentoring Program

Carroll College

The Youth To Discover (Y2D) Mentoring Program is a partnership between Carroll University and Waukesha County, Department of Health and Human Services. This collaboration connects Carroll students with at-risk youth from the Waukesha community. Y2D is a culturally responsive, youth-focused and community-based program whose goal is to assist in meeting the needs of youth acclimating to the community in a positive and fun way. This program hopes to make community connections for youth, promote higher academic learning, and expose youth to positive attitudes through positive adults

About Y2D

Career Milestones: Forester Career Plan

Lake Forest College

Developing career goals — and a plan of action to achieve them — is a central part of your Lake Forest education. With guidance from the Career Advancement Center, along with your professors, coaches, and a host of alumni, you‘ll learn how to choose a major, build and activate a professional network, and develop a plan to position yourself for success after college

About Career Milestones

Career Connections

Lake Forest College

Comprehensive, four-year program to help students graduate with the skills and confidence necessary to launch a career or go to graduate school.

Writing Center

Lake Forest College

The Writing Center offers free tutoring, information and resources for every stage of the writing process. The Writing Center offers excellent support for first-year students acclimating to college writing expectations. From assessing college-level writing assignments to planning for students‘ first college research papers, the Writing Center offers resources to support first-year students‘ development as scholarly writers.

About the Writing Center

Math Resource Center

Lake Forest College 

The Math Resource Center (MRC) provides students with extra help in the math, science, and quantitative portions of their classes and supports already existing department-based tutoring. Support offered in biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics / finance, mathematics and physics

About the Math Resources Center

Partners in Your Success

University of Wisconsin - Parkside

Our advisors partner with students to help them navigate the university environment. Establishing a meaningful advising experience is an important step on the path toward academic and professional success.

About Partners in Your Success

Advising and Career Center

University of Wisconsin - Parkside

The Advising and Career Center provides a student-centered advising experience that promotes and empowers the educational, career and personal development of each students they enter a diverse world.

About the Center

Parkside Academic Resource Center

University of Wisconsin - Parkside

The Parkside Academic Resource Center (PARC) offers free academic support in a variety of undergraduate subjects each semester. Individual Tutoring and Study Groups are available. Student Tutors & Group Leaders are subject area experts who have successfully completed the course, usually with the same professor. They are able to answer questions, review course material, assist with preparing for exams, guide discussion and provide tips on study strategies in the content area.

About PARC

Student Support Services

University of Wisconsin - Parkside

This U.S. Department of Education sponsored TRIO program is dedicated to helping students persist in college until they earn their baccalaureate degree. The Student Support Services program is open to all eligible students regardless of race, color, sex, creed, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, arrest, or conviction record.

About Student Support Services