STEM Scholars Program

Thank you for your interest in the STEM Scholars Program. Applications for the Spring 2022 semester are now closed. Please check back for future opportunities and updates.

The STEM Scholars program aims to connect highly-motivated students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with hands-on learning experiences throughout the 6th district.

In the fall, students selected to participate in the STEM Scholars program will have the opportunity to join Congressman Casten on visits to multiple STEM-related businesses and facilities during the 2022 Spring semester. On these visits, students will have the chance to participate in discussions with local employees, business owners, and educators, and learn more about the STEM career opportunities in their community.

The STEM Scholars Program is open to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and math and reside in the Illinois 6th Congressional District.

The application process is as follows:

If you would like to apply, please submit the following:

  • Expression of Interest - Why are you interested in the STEM Scholar program and what do you hope to learn? (max. 250 words) 
  • Essay - What is the greatest challenge facing society today, and specifically how do you see the STEM field solving that challenge? (max. 500 words) 
  • Resume - including a list of activities, accomplishments, and awards 
  • Signed Parental Authorization Form - parental consent and photo authorization; digital copy by scanning a PDF or taking a picture