Summer Program Aspiring Research Community (SPARC)

Are you a high school student with a strong desire to learn more about science? Join us for a thrilling, six-week residential experience created just for you, a junior or senior in high school. At SPARC, renowned Missouri S&T faculty and graduate students will mentor you as you immerse yourself in the world of scientific inquiry and cutting-edge research. Advance your knowledge and abilities by taking part in SPARC: ignite your passion, pique your curiosity, bolster your self-esteem, and get ready for an exciting future.

 Ignite Your Passion for STEM at SPARC!



Find Your Future in SPARC

Let your curiosity run wild and explore the realm of STEM! Join the Summer Program Aspiring Research Community (SPARC), where high school juniors and seniors spend up to six weeks researching, while living on campus at Missouri S&T.

Start Your Research

You will carry out in-depth research from beginning to end under the direction of renowned academic professors and graduate students. Investigate cutting-edge ideas, run experiments, and evaluate the outcomes. SPARC gives you the power to choose your own educational journey!

Keep Your Passion Burning

SPARC not only imparts priceless information and abilities, but also piques your interest in STEM. Boost your self-assurance and become ready for a future in the world of technology. Let us assist you in achieving your goals!

Experience the STEM Center

SPARC benefits from the experience of seasoned K-12 professionals, thanks to its location within the acclaimed Kummer Center for STEM Education.

Join a Journey with Benefits

Reserve your research position in SPARC today! To enhance your experience, we are providing room and board, in addition to a stipend of $2000 per student. 

Areas available for summer research include:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Mining and Explosives Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Registration Details
  • Components and Benefits
  • Campus Cancellation Policy

Registration Details

Duration: 4 - 6 weeks residential experience
Eligibility: High school juniors or seniors
Capacity: Limited to 10 students only

Application requirements:
  • Transcript or grade report.
  • ACT or SAT score.
  • Two letters of recommendation (from academic teachers).


Components and Benefits

Program Components:
    • Intensive research experience: Conduct each step of the research cycle under mentorship from Missouri S&T faculty and graduate students
    • Student-led approach: Students play a central role in the program, from application to research project placements
Benefits of SPARC:
    • Access to rigorous research program for high-achieving Missouri students
    • Shift from teacher-centered to student-centered learning model

Campus Cancellation Policy

Missouri S&T reserves the right to cancel any program in the event of insufficient registrations, severe weather or natural disaster. In the event of cancellation, registrants will be notified immediately via email and phone, and all fees will be returned in full.