Academic-Year Session Information


The ASPIRE academic-year session runs from September to May.

  • Students must begin the program no later than October 1.
  • Students must commit to spending a minimum of 5 hours per week on site at APL.
  • Students must complete an abstract and presentation before the session concludes.
  • Students must receive credit or formal recognition from their school for the program.

Students applying to the academic-year session are strongly encouraged to review their extracurricular schedule and determine whether they have the appropriate time available to participate in the ASPIRE program. Students should remember to consider travel times to and from APL. Our expectation is that the ASPIRE program be the priority.

Session Timeline

April 15

Application period opens.

June 1

Application period ends.

June 1–September 1

Mentors review applications, interview students, and extend an invitation to the program.

September 1–30

Orientations are held for accepted students. Matching and placements continue through September.

September 15–October 1

ASPIRE students start program.