For high school students interested in pursuing careers in science and technology-based areas. Interns research in labs throughout the Peoria area for a required total of 150-300 hours during this summer program. They work with top researchers and their teams to learn first-hand about the research process.


The goal of the BEST (Building Excellent Scientists for Tomorrow) Research Internship Program is to provide a foundation in scientific research appropriate for high school and college students interested in pursuing a career in basic or applied sciences, including biology, biomedical sciences, environmental sciences, physical sciences, and engineering. Opportunities for undergraduates include the added benefit of developing leadership skills and advancing scientific knowledge. All interns will have the opportunity to present their research at the Interns Symposium at the conclusion of the program. Note: This is not a residential program.

This program will:

  • Provide a mentored research experience that is challenging and stimulating
  • Broaden the Intern’s technical skills, interactions with individuals from the scientific community, and educational and professional experience
  • Offer supporting information for the intern’s career development
  • Provide awareness of the employment opportunities in the field of science here in Peoria.


Interns will complete a 150 to 300-hour internship during the program period of June 13th to August 4th, 2017 (dates may vary slightly as negotiated with program directors). Interns will work directly with a BEST mentor. BEST mentors that have participated in past years include researchers from Bradley University, the USDA Agricultural Utilization Lab, University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, Caterpillar, ILM Consulting LLC, and Methodist College.


The cost for the 2017 BEST program is $1475. This fee includes all of the programmatic activities that the intern will participate in, including but not limited to: workshops, discussions, seminars, local field trips to field sites and medical institutions, and the Interns Symposium. A $100 deposit must accompany the application. Checks should be made payable to: Bradley University Continuing Education. Applicants who are not accepted into the BEST program will receive a full refund.

Undergraduate students may opt to receive university credit in mentored (BIO 280) or supervised research (BIO 385) for additional cost ($850 per credit hour). For more information, contact Sherri Morris at sjmorris@fsmail.bradley.edu.


Applicants for the BEST Research Internship Program must:

  • Complete the attached BEST Research Internship Program Application and a one-page personal statement
  • Provide two letters of recommendation from teachers or other professionals who are acquainted with the students work habits, leadership skills, ability to work with others or potential for research success
  • Provide a copy of high school or college transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable for application but certified transcripts will be required to start the program).


One or two $500 scholarships will be made available to BEST research interns based primarily on financial need. Please complete and return the Scholarship Application, available at http://www.bradley.edu/academic/cio/stem/k12/index.dot Screening of applications will commence April 3, 2017.

Factors used in the selection process will include GPA, letters of recommendation, research experience, computer knowledge, and personal statements. All applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students selected to participate in the program will be invited to interview with mentors before their placement; however, final mentor-student assignments will be made by the program director. Changes to these placements will only be made for truly extenuating circumstances. Students will be expected to participate in this program full time.

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