SPARK: Students Pursuing Applications, Research, and Knowledge
Welcome Invited SPARK Freshmen
Congratulations on your admission to Illinois and the opportunity to apply for the AHS SPARK Undergraduate Research program!
SPARK provides a gateway for creating a comprehensive educational experience for students. High-caliber freshmen are paired with faculty members who will integrate the freshmen into their research programs. SPARK students can earn up to a $2,500 work stipend by participating in undergraduate research. It is a great opportunity to discover the field of research and earn some money at the same time. No prior research experience is required or expected. Faculty are looking for curious, motivated and hard-working students that are excited to learn and be trained. Based on interests and career goals, we try to match students appropriately with a research group.
SPARK strives to help students:
- Build a solid academic foundation
- Develop effective research skills
- Improve interpersonal communication skills
- Prepare for the workforce, graduate school, or professional school.
Spark 2020 Showcase
The culmination of SPARK is the presentation of slides on each student's research efforts. We are thrilled by the hard work completed by all the SPARK students. Below the Showcase you can see more information about the SPARK students and the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Congratulations SPARK students!
Message from the Dean
The 2020 SPARK Showcase
Undergraduate Research Symposium
We are thrilled to also note that 6 of our SPARK students also participated in the Undergraduate Research Symposium! Here are the students and the titles of the research they presented.
“Young Adults' Sexual Attitudes in Tourism vs. Everyday Life”
“Effects of Extended High Frequency Cues on Speech Recognition In School-Age Children”
“Healthcare Technology in Older Adults”
“Differences between the Perception and Production of Sung Melodies”
“The Role of Assistive Devices on Worry about Falling and Leisure Self-Efficacy among Older Adults”
“Conservation Farming: A Viable Way of Life”