2 female students examining a human lung sample

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.

If you would like to speak with the SPARK Undergraduate Research Program coordinator, Dr. Tonya Pulley, please attend one of the following information sessions via Zoom:

March 8th @ 5:00 pm (central)

March 15th @ 5:00 pm (central)

March 29th @ 5:00 pm (central)

April 12th @ 5:00 pm (central)

Are you ready to apply for SPARK?

To participate in SPARK, invited students must:

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.

Alex Trekas
“Young Adults' Sexual Attitudes in Tourism vs. Everyday Life”

Amber Dorn
“Effects of Extended High Frequency Cues on Speech Recognition In School-Age Children”

Carson Smith
“Healthcare Technology in Older Adults”

Chloe Maghinang
“Differences between the Perception and Production of Sung Melodies”

Josette Orlevitch
“The Role of Assistive Devices on Worry about Falling and Leisure Self-Efficacy among Older Adults”

Mackenzie Wiegers
“Conservation Farming: A Viable Way of Life”

Meet some of our 2019 SPARK Scholars!