NM Discovery Program Northwest Chapter

Discovery Program Northwest Chapter

NM Discovery Program Northwest Chapter


The application for the 2020-2021 school year is now closed. Please check back in August 2021 for the next application cycle.

Activities Calendar

Northwest Chapter Activities Calendar 2020-2021

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 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 Northwest Chapter is open to high school students who meet the below eligibility criteria. Meetings are held once a month at Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital, Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Woodstock Hospital with occasional opportunities to visit other NM locations. Due to COVID-19, classes for the 2020-2021 school year will be virtual until further notice. Generally, meetings are held during the school year on Saturdays from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. All participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from each meeting. Please note that meeting dates, times and topics are subject to change.


Applicants must:

  • Be at least 15 years of age
  • Be a resident of McHenry 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 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 student application to the appropriate chapter

Application Requirements

Incomplete applications, applications sent piecemeal in multiple emails, or applications directed to the wrong location will not be reviewed. Applicants must submit the following:

  • Student must submit the completed application below
    • Add your personal statement within the application: Describe why you are interested in discovering careers in healthcare.
      • Statement must meet the following criteria:
        • Typed in essay format
        • 300-500 words
        • Grammatically correct
      • We recommend you first draft your statement in a word document and copy and paste the finalized version into the application
    • Upload essay question response within the application: If you had a personal motto, what would it be and why?
      • Statement must meet the following criteria:
        • Typed in essay format
        • 300-500 words
        • Grammatically correct
      • We recommend you first draft your statement in a word document and copy and paste the finalized version into the application
  • Academic recommendation
    • Submit one letter of recommendation; additional letters will not be reviewed.
    • Letters of recommendation must be submitted by an academic reference (teacher, counselor, principal, etc.) by email to NMDiscoveryProgramNorthwest@nm.org.
  • Official school transcripts
  • 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 request that the school sends proof of participation. If accepted into the program, your participation fee will be waived.
    • Schools can submit proof of free/discounted lunch program by email to NMDiscoveryProgramNorthwest@nm.org.

    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 submit with application


    Applications will not be reviewed for the following reasons:

    • Application is not received by the deadline
    • Application is incomplete or sent piecemeal
    • Applicant does not follow the directions


    All complete applications are carefully reviewed by a committee. Applicants should not expect to hear from the Discovery Program regarding participation until late October 2020 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 application.


    For questions about the application process, please contact Meghan Netzband at 815.788.5857 or Meghan.Netzband@nm.org