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College Bound Research Program

Argonne offers a research participation program for local Illinois high school seniors during the summer between high school graduation and the college fall term.

In this immersion experience, participating students work in a laboratory or office environment, performing research and rubbing elbows with scientists and engineers, in order to get a feel for what it means to work in a national laboratory and be a part of the process in scientific discovery.


To be considered, an applicant must meet all eligibility requirements and submit an electronic application including all required materials. To assess eligibility, and prior to the merit assessment and evaluation, an initial review of all applications will be conducted to verify applicant eligibility and ensure all the required materials have been provided. Only those applications meeting the requirements will be advanced for merit review and selection. The application materials received will provide the sole basis for the evaluation selection.

    College Bound Research Program

    The online application is now closed for summer 2020.

    Program Dates: June 8 - July 31, 2020

    College Bound Application Requirements

    • Be 18 years of age at the start of the appointment.
    • Interest in a career in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. 
    • Minimum overall grade point average of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted).
    • U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.
    • Graduated from a local high school in May/June 2020.
    • Enrolled to attend college full-time in 2020.
    • Submit three letters of recommendation from science/math teachers.


    Students who are selected will be notified by email. The email will include the official offer package providing details of the project. Only one offer will be extended to an applicant during an application period. If the applicant declines, no additional or alternative offer will be made. Students who do not receive an offer will also be notified by email no later than mid-May, 2020.

    Financial Information

    During the appointment period, participants receive a stipend of $450 per week. Stipends are considered taxable income by the IRS. The laboratory is required by law to report this income.

    Transportation and Housing

    Daily transportation is the responsibility of the students and parents. Housing is not available for the College Bound Research Program.

    Program Hours

    This is a 40 hour per week program; therefore, you are expected to participate Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Teacher Recommendation Letters

    Three (3) letters of recommendation from your high school science, mathematics, or computer science teachers are required. The letters must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM CST March 31, 2020. Under no circumstances will letters be accepted after the deadline.

    It is the responsibility of the applicant to inform their recommenders that they must submit the letters before the deadline. Your teachers should email their letters to undergrad@​anl.​gov.

    Please be advised that it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete by the deadline. Under no circumstances will applications or recommendation letters be accepted after 5:00 PM CST March 31, 2020.