NU Health Discovery Program

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Are you interested in a career in as an Allied Health Professional? Join us for the NU Health Discovery Program!


July 11-14, 2023


Northwestern's campuses in Chicago and Evanston


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All applications due March 15, 2023. In addition to the online application, applicants will need to submit a personal essay to before March 15, 2023. More details about the essay prompt can be found in the application. Applicants may also include an optional letter of recommendation with their submission.

The Program

The NU Health Discovery Program is designed to expose undergraduate students with an interest in Allied Health Professions to a variety of professionals and the NU experience. This program is for students interested in Allied Health Professions, especially those from underrepresented communities.

This is an intensive week that will immerse participants in Allied Health Professions. At the end of the week, participants will gain exposure to multiple professions and have the information needed to be more competitive when applying for graduate studies.

Participants will have access to some of the top faculty in these professions; will have interdisciplinary opportunities; receive mentorship from current NU students, faculty, and alumni; as well as access to NU's state-of-the-art facilities.

Up to 25 applicants will be selected to participate in the NU Health Discovery Program.


Participation in the NU Health Discovery Program will provide:

Engaged, structured exposure to the following professions and their NU facilities:
  • Audiology
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Physical Therapy
  • Prosthetics/Orthotics
  • Speech and Language Pathology
A network of support for the graduate school application process, built through meaningful interactions with:
  • Current students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Alumni
Ongoing mentorship support through:
  • Mentorship as it relates to your chosen field
  • Continued mentorship and support after the conclusion of the program, through an online community built during your time in the program
  • Introduction to the Chicago and Evanston community

Your Stay in Evanston/Chicago

One of the perks of this program is the amazing location where you will be learning. Not only does NU offer state-of-the-art educational facilities, but our campuses are situated in prime locations. Both our Chicago and Evanston campuses are located right on the shores of Lake Michigan, just steps away from some of the best shops and restaurants in town. While attending the program, you will be staying in Northwestern furnished dorms on the Evanston campus.


  • Participation includes a 4-day summer immersion experience at no cost to invited students
  • Participants are provided with housing during this week and meals are provided (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Participants will stay in Northwestern furnished dorms on our Evanston campus
  • Participant travel will be covered up to $600
  • Attendance at all program events is required for all participants


This program is open to current undergraduate students at the freshman or sophomore level interested in an Allied Health Profession. The program is open to all applicants; however, preference will be given to demographics that are underrepresented within Allied Health Professions as well as disadvantaged/first generation to attend college.

Faculty Mentors

Faculty Mentors


Michael Cavanaugh, CPO



Margaret Danilovich, PT, DPT, PhD

Physical Therapist


Debra Duquette, MS

Genetic Counselor


Bill Healey, PT, EdD

Physical Therapist


Stacy Kaplan, PhD, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist


Roberto Lopez-Rosado, DPT, MS

Physical Therapist


Kristine Riley, PhD, CCC-A, FAAA



Catherine Wicklund, MS

Genetic Counselor

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