The CIRCUIT-ASPIRE program is a collaboration of the CIRCUIT program for undergraduates with the ASPIRE internship program for high school students. CIRCUIT-ASPIRE students join a CIRCUIT research cohort consisting of several undergraduate students along with their APL staff mentor team. CIRCUIT-ASPIRE students learn about professional STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) research careers and develop technical skills through hands-on, team-based research and enrichment activities.
As with the CIRCUIT program, trailblazers are especially encouraged to apply to the CIRCUIT-ASPIRE program. High school students work 40 hours per week at the APL campus during the summer session, attending all relevant CIRCUIT workshops, seminars, presentations, and research meetings. Please check out the other pages for more information on enrichment and research activities. CIRCUIT-ASPIRE students may also have the opportunity to continue their internship into the academic year session, working 10 hours per week on site and meeting with cohorts at least once a week through the 2020–2021 school year.
Although your internship will begin in June, your participation in the CIRCUIT-ASPIRE program begins with after-school classwork once per week, February 24–May 22, 2020, on-site at APL as part of our STEM Academy. These classes are completely free of charge to the student and will help our trailblazers hit the ground running in the summer. These classes are not optional, and students who apply to the CIRCUIT-ASPIRE program must be able to attend.
Additionally, the focus for high school students is on learning and growing as budding STEM professionals. As a result, we do not expect prior expertise in upper-level mathematics and science, but we do expect applicants to be patient and eager to learn from their peers, mentors, and undergraduate cohort members!