NM Discovery Program Central Chapter

Discovery Program Central Chapter

NM Discovery Program Central Chapter

The Northwestern Medicine Discovery Program aims to create a pathway for the next generation of NM leaders by drawing on the talents of our incredible team of health care professionals to provide STEM career exposure. Throughout the two-year Program, students will be exposed to a broad range of health care careers through activities including tours, guest speakers, group discussion, and hands-on projects. In addition, the Program fosters character and professional development, cultivates life skills, provides community service and leadership experience, and offers mentorship and networking opportunities.

The Program’s Central Chapter is open to high school students who meet the below eligibility criteria and who reside in Cook and Will counties. Meetings are held once a month at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in downtown Chicago. Generally, meetings are held during the school year on Saturdays from 9:00 am-12:00 pm, however, some meetings will be on weekdays when students are generally out of school. All participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from each meeting. Please note, meeting dates, day of the week, times, and topics are subject to change.

Eligibility

First Year Applicants must:

  • Be at least 15 years of age.
  • Be a resident of Cook or Will county
  • Be entering sophomore or junior year of high school.
  • Have an academic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 GPA scale or 3.8 on a 5.0 GPA scale.
  • Commit to the two year program, including attendance at all Discovery Program meetings and community service activities. No more than two excused absences are permitted per year.
  • Commit to abide by all Discovery Program Guidelines and Policies.
  • Submit the completed First Year Applications to the appropriate Chapter.

Second Year Returning Applications must:

  • Have successfully completed the first year of the NM Discovery Program and maintained good standing as defined by the Guidelines and Policies.
  • Be entering junior or senior year of high school.
  • Maintained an academic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or 3.8 on a 5.0 GPA scale.
  • Commit to the second year of the Program, including attendance at all Discovery Program meetings and community service activities. No more than two excused absences are permitted per year.
  • Submit a re-enrollment form.

First Year Application Requirements

Applicants must submit the following. Incomplete applications, applications sent piecemeal in multiple emails, or applications directed to the wrong location, will NOT be reviewed. Please read the following directions carefully as the application process has changed.

  • Completed Application Form as a PDF or Word Document. Photos not accepted.
  • Personal statement: Describe why you are interested in discovering careers in healthcare.
    • Successful applicants will be specific in their response
    • Statement must meet the following criteria:
      • Typed in essay format
      • 300-500 words
      • Grammatically correct
      • Name and school at the top of every page submitted as a Word or PDF. No Photos or Google Docs.
  • Essay question: You are required to spend the next year of your life in either the past or the future. What year would you travel to and why?
    • Successful applicants will fully answer the question including: what and why.
    • Statement must meet the following criteria:
      • Typed in essay format
      • 300-500 words
      • Grammatically correct
      • Name and school at the top of every page submitted as a Word or PDF. No Photos or Google Docs.
  • Academic recommendation
    • Submit one (1) letter of recommendation; additional letters will NOT be reviewed
    • MUST be from an academic reference (teacher, counselor, principal, etc.)
    • Letters of recommendation can either be sent with the application or directly from the school via email to NMDiscoveryProgramCentral@nm.org
  • Official school transcripts
    • MUST be signed, sealed and sent from the school. If the transcript is submitted by mail it must be postdated prior to the application deadline OR your school can submit your transcript through a third party processing company or by email to NMDiscoveryProgramCentral@nm.org by the application deadline.
    • Unofficial transcripts will NOT be accepted and will render your application incomplete.
  • Proof of Participation in free/discounted lunch program (or similar) when applicable
    • If you participate in a free/discounted lunch program (or similar) at school, please attach proof of participation to your application; if accepted into the program, your participation fee will be waived
    • MUST be attached and submitted via your application email unless your school policy restricts it, then they can be submitted by email to: NMDiscoveryProgramCentral@nm.org
  • Completed application, with essay and personal statement will need to be submitted in one email to: NMDiscoveryProgramCentral@nm.org
    • Academic recommendation and fee waiver should also be submitted with the completed application unless your school policy restricts it, then they can be submitted by email to: NMDiscoveryProgramCentral@nm.org
    • ONLY official transcripts may be submitted via mail by the school – if third party processing or email is not available – to the following address:

      Northwestern Medicine Community Affairs
      Attn: Mandee Polonsky
      211 East Ontario St, Suite 1750
      Chicago, IL 60611

Second Year Re-enrollment Requirements

Applicants must submit the following. Incomplete applications, applications sent piecemeal in multiple emails, or applications directed to the wrong location, will NOT be reviewed. Please read the following directions carefully as the application process has changed.

  • Completed Re-enrollment Form in PDF Format
  • Official school transcripts
    • MUST be signed, sealed and sent from the school. If the transcript is submitted by mail it must be postdated prior to the application deadline OR submitted via email directly from school/third party processing company
    • Unofficial transcripts will NOT be accepted and will render your application incomplete.
  • Proof of Participation in free/discounted lunch program (or similar) when applicable
    • If you participate in a free/discounted lunch program (or similar) at school, please attach proof of participation to your application; if accepted into the program, your participation fee will be waived
    • MUST be attached and submitted via your application email unless your school policy restricts it, then they can be submitted by email to: NMDiscoveryProgramCentral@nm.org
  • Completed application will need to be submitted in one email to: NMDiscoveryProgramCentral@nm.org
    • Fee waiver should also be submitted with the completed application unless your school policy restricts it, then they can be submitted by email to: NMDiscoveryProgramCentral@nm.org
    • ONLY official transcripts may be submitted via mail by the school – if online delivery is not available – to the following address:

      Northwestern Medicine Community Affairs
      Attn: Mandee Polonsky
      211 East Ontario St, Suite 1750
      Chicago, IL 60611

Participation Requirements for all Participants (for your information only as an applicant)

In addition to the Application Requirements, those applicants accepted into the Discovery Program will be required to submit the following before/at Orientation.

Do NOT send with application

  • Program fee (ONCE ACCEPTED): $50 (includes all NM-sponsored activities and a t-shirt)
    • Check or money order only (no cash)
    • Fee waived with proof of free/reduced lunch program (or similar) when submitted via application email
  • Northwestern Medicine Discovery Program Central Chapter Guide Signature Page
    • Signed by BOTH participant and parent/guardian/legal representative
  • Northwestern Medicine Discovery Program Central Chapter Consent Form
    • Signed by participant’s parent/guardian/legal representative

Directions

Only complete applications, containing all requirements listed above, will be reviewed.

  • All parts of the application should be submitted together via email:
    1. Written application (PDF)
    2. Personal statement (Word or PDF attachment)
    3. Essay question (Word or PDF attachment)
    4. Proof of participation in free/discounted lunch program (if applicable and can also be sent directly from the school via email)
    5. Letter of recommendation (can also be sent directly from the school via email if that is the school's policy)
    6. Official School transcript (must be mailed/emailed directly from school/third party company)
    7. No Google Docs or Photos of documents will be accepted.

Dismissal

Applications will NOT be reviewed for the following reasons.

  • Application is not received by the deadline (i.e. is late)
  • Application is incomplete or sent piecemeal
  • Applicant does not follow the directions

Application Deadline

Applications for Class of 2019-2020 are now closed.

Notification

All complete applications are carefully reviewed by a committee. Applicants should not expect to hear from the Discovery Program regarding participation until late October 2019 via email.

Due to the volume of applications, transcripts, and recommendation letters sent we are not able to notify students and school staff that we have received their email. For confirmation that your email was received, we recommend that you set the option of Request a Delivery Receipt on your email.

Questions

For questions about the application process, please call or email: Mandee Polonsky at: 312.926.4992 or mandee.polonsky@nm.org.