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Hello! Our SPARK Applications are now open! Deadline April 1, 2024

If you are a current 6th through 9th grade female student, the University of Connecticut invites you to challenge yourself by incorporating your math and science skills into hands-on projects and experiments, exciting engineering concepts, and fun activities.

SPARK is UConn’s latest initiative to shrink the STEM gender gap. Participants will be taught and mentored by outstanding female undergraduate engineering students.

Weekly Activities: 

  • Daily engineering project related to weekly theme
  • S.T.E.M demos
  • Professional female engineer guest speakers from amazing Connecticut companies
  • Games and fun group activities
  • Workshops pertaining to social and academic high school success, female diversity and empowerment, environmental impact, and more
  • Lab and UConn tours

SPARK Program 2024

Eligibility: Must be a current 6th - 9th grade female student during the 2024 - 2025 school year.  Applicants who are not in the grade range but are interested in the program are encouraged to apply to be placed on the waiting list

For any questions, please contact engr-spark@uconn.edu

Sponsored by: the Vergnano Institute of Inclusion

Apply Here!

Applications are live until April 1, 2024 @ 11:59 PM

Empowering The Next Generation of Women Engineers

SPARK, an in-person overnight summer program at UCONN Storrs for young women interested in STEM.
Complete exciting projects, tours, and empowerment activities planned and led by female UCONN Engineering students.

Must be entering 7th-10th grade in fall 2024 to be eligible.

Lights, Camera, Action

Week 1. Flash: July 7th - July 12th
Learn the magic of animation & special effects that goes on behind the sciences of many films!
Focus: Computer Science engr., Material Science engr., Chemical engr. 

Week 2. Splash: July 14th - July 19th
Dive in and learn how to use or simulate the environment in movies, and how we as humans can be one with water.
This week is sponsored by a grant from the NAVY (Thanks, Dr. Lexi Hain!), and has several financial aid fellowships available! 

Focus: Environmental engr., Computer Science, Materials Science, Aquatic Science

Week 3. Kapow: July 21st - July 26th
Explore the action world of famous female super heroes and how they keep their worlds safe and up to code.
Focus: Civil engr., Biomedical engr., Mechanical engr.

No Experience Needed!

Sample Schedule (subject to change)


$995 per week for residential students (preferred to help build community)
$695 per week for day campers

Partial and total financial aid are available
***Cost should not be a barrier to apply!***