Frankel Fund for Learning Innovation connects Uni students with NCSA mentors

The Frankel Fund for Learning Innovation, made possible by a $100,000 donation from Uni High alumnus David Frankel ’76 (UI ’80), has been established to serve Uni High’s laboratory school mission by making extracurricular learning opportunities on the Illinois campus available to Uni students.

Uni is pleased to announce the first iteration of the Frankel Scholars student internship program in collaboration with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).

The fall 2018 program allows Uni students, subfreshman through senior, the opportunity to apply for an internship in a project led by an NCSA staff member or faculty affiliate. Up to fourteen Uni students are being selected for the first iteration of this program.

Students accepted into the internship program will develop a research plan with the assistance of a Uni High staff member, their NCSA mentor and NCSA’s education coordinator. Student interns will also be invited to participate in NCSA events such as lightning talks, colloquia, and other training opportunities. At the end of the semester, a poster session and reception will be held at NCSA to highlight work Uni High students conducted during their internship. Students will also receive a certificate of participation for the program. Students have the possibility to continue to work on projects at NCSA after their initial internship is completed.

After the first semester, the Frankel Scholars program plans to reach beyond science and engineering with plans to connect Uni students and faculty to scholars across the wider university community.