Great Explorations Doctors Academy

Aetna Health Professions Partnership Initiative

Please Note: This program, Parent/Guardian Orientation Workshops and Parental Seminar Series will be held virtually during the academic school year 2021-2022. 

  • A science enrichment program that engages 6th to 8th grade students in hands-on science activities and college exploration.
  • Provides educational enrichment in science, math, reading and college preparation activities during the academic school year at the following schools: Bellizzi, Kennelly, Naylor, Sport and Medical Sciences Academy, West Middle School, Jumoke Academy, Metropolitan Learning Center, Two Rivers Magnet Middle School, and the Academy of Science and Innovation. (Contact your school counselor and/or science teacher.)
  • Offers a six-week, Monday through Friday, Summer Academic Enrichment Program for rising 8th grade participants. Students receive instruction in language arts, math, science, college awareness classes and engage in educational programs to raise awareness in the health professions. Students are provided breakfast and lunch. If the student is a Hartford resident, transportation is provided as well.
  • Offers a 30-week, Saturday Academy during the academic school year where 8th grade students can continue to strengthen their academic skills and college preparation.
  • Parent/Guardian Orientation Workshops are held for all students participating in the 6-week summer and 30-week Saturday Academy Program.
  • Geared towards students who meet certain socio-economic guidelines (low income and/or first generation to attend college) and demonstrate a strong motivation and potential to enroll in a four year college program. See application for additional qualification criteria.
  • Parental Seminar Series are held for parents/guardians of all students participating in the program.

Important Dates

  • September 25, 2021 to May 14, 2022: 30-week Saturday Academy
  • June 20, 2022 to July 29, 2022: Six-week, Monday-Friday Summer Program
  • June 1, 2022: Application Deadline

Applicant Criteria

All Applicants Should:

  • Be a rising eighth grader.
  • Have a ‘B‘ average or better.
  • Submit an essay.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation from a Science or Math teacher or guidance counselor.
  • Have an official CMT score report.
  • Submit a completed application form.

How to Apply

Submit Application to

Mail Supplemental Material to:

Tracey Higgins
Administrative Program Assistant II
Department of Health Career Opportunity Programs
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-3920
Phone: 860-679-8031
Fax: 860-679-7223


Granville Wrensford, Ph.D.
Department of Health Career Opportunity Programs
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-3920