Only current Sophomores and Juniors can apply to RAP
Students interested in a second RAP experience are encouraged to re-apply to RAP. Former RAP participants may be considered for an advanced RAP laboratory research component. The final decision on whether this program will be offered and whom will be invited will be made by the Program Director.
The students application essay, class rank (top 25% of their class) grades and recommendations from teachers and counselors play a role in the selection process.
There is no stipend for RAP. There may be a small stipend for those returning for a second year to RAP, depending upon individual's overall results in the program and subject to the Program Director's discretion.
Housing, meals and supplies are provided. There is no fee to apply, however, after accepting an invitation to participate in the Research Apprentice Program and the USDA Ag Discovery Program there is a $50.00 equipment and technology usage fee.
All applicants need to turn in the following before the deadline of March 15, 2019:
Please send transcripts and documents to:
You may also send recommendation forms as an attachment via email to Diana Rodriguez
Only items received in our office by the deadline to be considered.
Please visit our "Guide for Parents and Participant"
When accepted into the program we will send you that information. For questions about what is allowed in your dorm room visit our Guide For Parents And Participants page under "Items To Bring"
Yes. Beyond the academic benefits of the program, RAP also allows you to get a feel for what college life will be like.
Going home on the weekends is not encouraged. There will be many weekend activities going on on campus that would be beneficial for you to participate in.
It is a 5-week on campus experience designed for High School students interested in animals and environment. Read a more detailed description and apply
Please see our Guide For Parents and Participants for a list of acceptable and non acceptable articles of clothing.
No. The programs cover 20 meals per week, which includes, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday and lunch and dinner on Sunday. If they desire to eat outside of the residence hall cafe. The University of Illinois is a very diverse campus with a wide array of restaurants at every price range. There is a restaurant on campus that will surely fit your students wants.
Only U.S. citizens and legal residents may participate in the RAP and USDA Ag Discovery component.
Yes, we accept students that are not residents of the state of Illinois.
Your student should apply to USDA if interested in veterinary medicine. For environmental sciences they can apply to either or both. The USDA application can be found Here
Yes. Each requires a separate application and review process. If selected for more than one the student will be asked to choose.
No. Acceptable forms of I.D. are, State Issued Photo I.D., Drivers License, or Passport. Please visit your local DMV to obtain your I.D.