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ASPIRE (A Scientific Program in Regenerative Engineering) is an immersive summer program designed specifically for high school students in the Hartford Public School district. This unique opportunity aims to introduce students to the fascinating field of regenerative engineering, with a focus on fostering leadership and interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), particularly among Black students.

Through a combination of hands-on workshops, interactive lectures, and mentorship from academic experts and experienced professionals, ASPIRE provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the principles and applications of regenerative engineering and research. Participants will have the chance to learn about cutting-edge experiments, explore research methods, and participate in a collaborative learning club that addresses real-world challenges in healthcare, sustainability, and beyond.

The program curriculum covers a wide range of topics, including cell work, biomaterials, 3D printing, and more. Students will also learn about the societal impact of regenerative engineering, gaining a holistic perspective on the field.

ASPIRE is not just about acquiring knowledge; it's about empowering students to become leaders in STEM fields. Through mentorship and skill-building activities, participants will develop critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and teamwork skills essential for success in any STEM career. Moreover, the program seeks to cultivate a supportive and inclusive community where students feel inspired, valued, and encouraged to pursue their passions.

By the end of the program, ASPIRE aims to equip students with the confidence, expertise, and network needed to excel in STEM, and beyond. Whether they aspire to pursue higher education, enter the workforce, or launch their own projects, participants will be prepared to make meaningful contributions to their communities and the world at large.


ASPIRE: Igniting curiosity, fostering innovation, and shaping the future of STEM leadership, one student at a time. Join us and embark on a transformative journey of discovery and growth!


Program Details:

  • A 6-week summer program (On-site 3 days per week; July 1st to August 8th)
  • Shadowing in clinical laboratories
  • Mentorship from research UConn faculty, graduate students, doctoral students, and staff
  • Earned stipend of $3,000 upon successful program completion

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be aged 16+
  • Attend a Hartford Public School
  • Have an interest in the STEM professions


For any questions or information, please email us at

ASPIRE is funded by the U.S. Department of Education championed by the Office of Congresswoman Jahana Hayes.