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Carnegie Mellon University Summer Academy for Math + Science (SAMS) For Rising Seniors. The Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science is a rigorous residential summer experience for good students who have a strong interest in math and science and want to become excellent students. Students who are entering their senior year and are considering careers in engineering, science and other math-based disciplines are eligible to apply. The program will focus on creating interest in technical disciplines and building academic and personal skills to better prepare you for the college application process. The goal of the program is to prepare students for admission to selective colleges and universities. There will be no tuition, housing or dining fees for students selected to attend SAMS. Students will, however, be responsible for books, supplies, transportation and recreational expenses. An estimate would be $150-200. SAMS applicants must be at least 16 years old and have completed their junior year of high school to participate in this program. SAMS participants will be required to reside in university housing. https://admission.enrollment.cmu.edu/pages/diversity-sams

Colorado School of Mines SUMMER MULTICULTURAL ENGINEERING TRAINING PROGRAM (SUMMET) for rising high school juniors and seniors, is a science and engineering program combining course work, hands-on projects, industry tours, sporting activities and social events. SUMMET is an excellent stepping stone to the lifestyle and challenges of college. Students from across the nation stay in Mines’ residence halls, experience life as a college student, and receive instruction in trigonometry & calculus, chemistry, geology, computer science, physics and basic to advanced engineering concepts. SUMMET provides room & board - including all meals, course materials and access to all off-campus events.  http://www.mines.edu/summet

Duke TIP The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented youth. As a world leader in gifted and talented education, Duke TIP works with students, their families, and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage, and help students reach their highest potential.  https://tip.duke.edu/

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth identifies and develops the talents of the most advanced K-12 learners worldwide. As part of Johns Hopkins University, CTY helps fulfill the university’s mission of preparing students to make significant future contributions to our world.  http://cty.jhu.edu/summer/grades7-12/

Math & Science for Minority Students (MS)2  The (MS)2 program was founded in 1977 to address the compelling need to cultivate the mathematical and scientific abilities of economically disadvantaged African American, Latino, and Native American high school students from targeted cities and communities across the United States.   In a residential setting on the historic Phillips Academy campus, the three-summer program challenges students intellectually and exposes them to peers and educators with diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and aspirations.  This competitive and rigorous program is free of charge for all students selected. https://www.andover.edu/SummerSessionOutreach/MathScience/

University of Maryland ESTEEM Research Mentoring Program offers opportunities in research to high school students (students who will enter the 12th grade in September 2014) and who are considering a career in engineering.  These students will conduct an independent research project under the direction of an engineering faculty member during the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters. Seniors who participate in the summer and who have a research project requirement will have an academic year long independent project with a faculty member which will result in a final paper and participation in a research symposium in the spring of 2015There is no cost for the academic year ESTEEM Research Mentoring Program http://www.cmse.umd.edu/k12/esteem

University of Michigan Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach SUMMER COLLEGE ENGINEERING EXPOSURE PROGRAM (SCEEP) 11th graders. SCEEP is designed to familiarize students with various engineering disciplines offered at UM and to acquaint them with the university campus, support services, and other resources.  The program is conducted in multiple sessions through June and August.  Thirty students are invited to take part in each session offered and those participants attend four classes, (Technical Communications, Engineering Concepts, Engineering Math, and Professional Development) which are designed to develop their understanding of engineering, its disciplines and the process to follow when applying for Engineering School.  The students work on a team multidisciplinary engineering design project and their college portfolio within those classes, however, their experience is enhanced by guided tours of the engineering departments and facilities alongside presentations given by university departments on the admissions process and how to finance their education and fireside chats given by College of Engineering Alumni, Faculty and students.  Some of the participants are given the opportunity to take part in an ACT Prep course.  http://cedo.engin.umich.edu/summer-engineering-academy/

The MIT Educational Studies Program is a group that organizes classes taught by college students, for middle- and high-school students. Our motto is “Teach Anything, Learn Anything”; our goal is to instill excitement for both learning and teaching.

Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) is a six-week science and engineering program at MIT for rising high school seniors from across the country. Students take one calculus course, one life sciences course, one physics course a humanities course and an elective course. All educational, food and boarding costs are generously covered by our funders. Students only pay for transportation to and from MIT.

Engineering Experience at MIT (E2@MIT) high school seniors from across the country who have a strong academic record and interest in science and engineering participate in a one-week residential science and engineering enrichment program. Students complete a short project course in an engineering field; attend admissions and financial aid sessions; tour labs; meet with MIT faculty, students, and alumni; and participate in social events. In 2014, E2@MIT served a record breaking 107 students. Students selected for E2@MIT generally have the following qualities:

  • Passion for science, technology, engineering and math. This can be demonstrated through extracurricular activities, essays, and letters of recommendation
  • Strong academic record

We strongly encourage students from the following backgrounds to apply:

  • Underrepresented in science and engineering, defined as being African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native American
  • Underserved, defined as coming from low socioeconomic means, which may be indicated by qualification for free/reduced lunch
  • Potentially the first family member to attend college
  • Absence of science and engineering degrees in family
  • Coming from a high school with low admittance rates to top-tier colleges, especially rural or predominantly minority high schools


SPLASH:  One awesome weekend each November, thousands of high schoolers flood MIT's campus to take classes, taught by MIT students, offerings number over 400 every year and span a wide variety of areas. Over the course of 19 hours during Splash, you can get your feet wet with a short introduction to any number of subjects—things you always wanted to learn and topics you never knew existed—or you can dive head first into an in-depth seminar or intensive workshop.  In addition to normal classes, Splash also offers walk-in activities: hands-on events where you can show up or leave whenever you want. The cost is $40 for an entire weekend of classes. Food and t-shirts cost extra. Generous financial aid is available. Splash does not provide housing for students coming from out of town, but they can consult the list of nearby hotels.  https://esp.mit.edu/learn/Splash/index.html

SUMMER HHSP a 6-week academic program that runs on weekends for $40.00 https://esp.mit.edu/learn/HSSP/index.html

JUNCTION is a two week summer program for advanced, self-driven high school students held on the MIT campus for two weeks in mid-August. Junction gives 42 students the opportunity to execute an in-depth independent study project through a unique mentoring experience. Junction combines this individual mentoring with diverse afternoon seminars taught largely by the mentors.  Students will propose, design and carry out an independent study project of their choosing, electing to work in-depth with one of our mentors who is knowledgeable in the field. Students will work with their mentors throughout the summer to refine their ideas and begin work on their project so that by the end of Junction they will have completed an in-depth independent study. In addition, students will participate in diverse, hands-on afternoon seminars in a variety of college-level topics. https://esp.mit.edu/learn/Junction/index.html

Penn State University Upward Bound Math and Science Program is federally funded from the U.S. Department of Education and is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of low-income, first-generation potential college students. The goal of the program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in math and science, and ultimately careers in the math and science profession.  Students are currently being served from the following high schools: Harrisburg High School (John Harris Campus and Sci-Tech Campus); Reading High School; Martin Luther King Jr. High School (Philadelphia); Olney Charter High School (Philadelphia); and Woodland Hills High School (Pittsburgh area). Program services include: summer programs with intensive math and science training; exposure to university faculty members who do research in mathematics and the sciences; computer training; and participant-conducted scientific research under the guidance of faculty members or graduate students, who are serving as mentors.  http://equity.psu.edu/ubms

Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) matches practicing DoD scientists with talented high school students creating a direct mentor-student relationship that provides students with training that is unparalleled at most high schools. SEAP participants receive first-hand research experience and exposure to Department of Defense laboratories. SEAP fosters desire in its participants to pursue further training and careers in STEM.

SEAP students work with their mentors, Army scientists and engineers, to gain “hands-on” experience in a professional research setting – where students are treated as research assistants rather than teenagers. SEAP provides students with the opportunity to learn how STEM research can benefit the Army as well as the civilian community. Students gain a broader view of their STEM field of interest and learn what kind of work awaits them in their future career. At the end of the SEAP apprenticeship, students prepare and present final reports based on their research experience. All SEAP students who successfully complete their apprenticeship are awarded an educational stipend ($2,000 for first-year students). The SEAP Online Application opens on September 15, 2015 http://www.usaeop.com/programs/apprenticeships/seap/

Sphinx Performance Academy
The Sphinx Performance Academy is a full-scholarship intensive chamber music and solo performance program designed for aspiring Black and Latino string players, ages 12-17.

Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP) a six-week educational experience for high school juniors that offers challenges and rewards rarely encountered in secondary school or even college.  Each program is designed to bring together young people from around the world who share a passion for learning. Telluride students attend a seminar led by college and university scholars and participate in many other educational and social activities outside the classroom.  Housing, dining, and tuition expenses are covered by Telluride Association and the host institutions. Students pay only the costs of transportation and incidental expenses. Participants with demonstrated need may request financial aid to cover reasonable travel costs. We can also offer stipends of up to $500 to replace summer work earnings for students who would otherwise be unable to attend a summer program. It is the policy of Telluride Association that no student be barred from attending a TASP for financial reasons.  http://www.tellurideassociation.org/programs/high_school_students/

Texas Tech University Clark Scholar Program at Texas Tech University helps the Scholars to have a hands-on practical research experience with outstanding and experienced faculty. The Scholars will receive a $750 tax-free stipend and room and board. The Program includes fun activities, weekly seminars and field trips. This Program provides opportunities for research in all academic areas in the university.  http://www.depts.ttu.edu/honors/academicsandenrichment/

University of Virginia Center for Diversity in Engineering Outreach Programs Introduction To Engineering (ITE) introduces rising high school juniors and seniors to the theory and practice of engineering through lectures, labs, and exercises in engineering design, applied math, and basic science. Participants will also be introduced to various engineering disciplines through lectures and demonstrations.  Additionally, participants will receive an introduction to life as an undergraduate engineering student at the University of Virginia. They will experience many aspects of University life in a supervised atmosphere, including living in residence halls, eating in dining halls around the grounds and interacting with fellow students from Virginia and all over the country.

The program includes daily participation in introductory engineering course work, seminars on college admissions and financial aid, demonstrations, experiments, and tours of departments and the University.  The ITE program is open to rising high school seniors. Qualified rising juniors will also be considered as space permits.  The program fee is $650, payable upon acceptance. Limited scholarship funds are available upon demonstrated need.  http://www.seas.virginia.edu/admin/diversity/pre_college/ite.php

The Carleton Liberal Arts Experience (CLAE)
Carleton College hosts an inspiring summer program designed for the best and brightest college-bound students representing high schools across the country. The Carleton Liberal Arts Experience (CLAE) will select 52 high school students who have just completed their sophomore year and bring them to Carleton, all expenses paid, for a one-week summer program. The CLAE program introduces the strengths of a liberal arts education through an array of courses in science, art, social sciences, and technology.  In addition, workshops are offered to assist participants with their high school and college careers. Past workshop offerings have included:  ACT & SAT Preparation and Keys to Getting Into College: What You Need to Know about the Application Process and Financial Aid.

Notre Dame Leadership Seminars 
Explore topics affecting the global community. The courses are centered around vibrant discussion and a robust exchange of ideas. This creates a context in which students are encouraged to examine their own conclusions and hone their own leadership capacities by improving their communications and analytical skills. Expenses for students accepted to Leadership Seminars—including transportation to and from Notre Dame—will be paid for by the University. Approximately 100 students are admitted to Leadership Seminars each year, and students are eligible to receive one college credit upon completion of the program.

The Princeton University Summer Journalism Program is an intensive, 10-day seminar on journalism is designed to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism.  All expenses, including students' travel costs to and from Princeton, are paid for by the program. The program will take place from August 5 to August 15. APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY 11:59 PM EST ON FEBRUARY 26, 2016. To apply for the program, you must meet the following qualifications:

- You must currently be a junior in high school.
- You must live in the United States.
- You must have at least an unweighted 3.5 grade point average (out of 4.0).
- You must have an interest in journalism.
- The combined income of your custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) plus child support payments, if any, must not exceed $45,000. (Note: This program is for students from under-resourced financial backgrounds. If the combined income of your custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) plus child support payments, if any, exceeds $45,000 and you still wish to apply, you may attach a statement explaining why you believe your family qualifies as financially under-resourced.)

Girls on Ice is a unique, FREE, wilderness science education program for high school girls. Each year two teams of 9 teenage girls and 3 instructors spend 12 days exploring and learning about mountain glaciers and the alpine landscape through scientific field studies with professional glaciologists, ecologists, artists, and mountaineers. One team explores Mount Baker, an ice-covered volcano in the North Cascades of Washington State. The other team sleeps under the midnight sun exploring an Alaskan glacier. To be eligible, girls must be at least 16 years old by the Alaska program start date (June 17), and no older than 18 on the North Cascades program end date (July 21).  “Girls on Ice is not a reward for past good grades or academic achievement, it is an inspiration for future success.”  

DEADLINE: January 29, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. Alaska time.
Alaska program: June 17-28, 2016
North Cascades program: July 10-21, 2016

The The Opportunity Network Fellowship is a unique, six-year career development program for motivated, high-performing high school students looking to: Get exposure to over twenty-five career tracks; Make personal connections with influential executives and professionals; Apply to competitive colleges; Build their resumes through paid internships or special enrichment opportunities; Develop a lifelong network leading to high-level positions and rewarding careers. Applicants must currently be enrolled in tenth grade at a New York City public high school; should be excelling in the classroom. In most cases, this means a GPA of 90 or above, a high class ranking, and/or challenging college preparatory coursework; pursuing their hobbies and interests with passion and energy; should not already have access to the kinds of opportunities the program offers, such as connections to professional networks and job opportunities as well as intensive college counseling and application assistance; must be self-motivated to get an early start on increasing their prospects of attending a competitive college or university, building a successful career, and achieving a position of influence in the world. While these criteria are the most important factors we consider, we will make exceptions on a case-by-case basis if a student demonstrates unique potential in other tangible ways or has faced particularly difficult circumstances limiting his or her ability to excel in one of these areas.

The Joyce Ivy Foundation broadens the college aspirations of high potential young women from the Midwest, primarily through the Joyce Ivy Summer Scholars program. The program makes it financially possible for talented female high school students to attend summer academic programs at some of the most rigorous and selective colleges and universities. Summer Scholars are academically high-achieving students who will be entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in Fall 2016. Most Summer Scholars will be entering 11th or 12th grade. Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholarships support select summer academic experiences at Barnard, Brown, Cornell, Emory, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Smith, Stanford, Yale, and Washington University in St. Louis. Summer Scholars receive full and partial scholarship grants, based on demonstrated financial need, to apply to summer program tuition, room and board, and travel expenses. Currently, the Foundation operates in Michigan, Ohio, Nebraska, Missouri Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. The Joyce Ivy Foundation partners with the Frank Minolli Foundation to support young women interested the fields of engineering, science, technology and mathematics. Each year, the Frank Minolli Foundation sponsors Frank Minolli Engineering and Science Award Recipients in the Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholars cohort. To learn more about the Frank Minolli Foundation, visit them online. Each year, the Joyce Ivy Foundation also names a Summer Scholars recipient of the Mary Vandewiele Leadership Award, who demonstrates exceptional leadership in her community and high school. The Vandewiele Award recipients will seek to develop their leadership skills through summer program participation, and lead lives of impact through their pursuit of higher education and their career aspirations.

Young Doctors DC (YDDC) is a  multi generational mentoring, education, and pipeline to health careers  program for high school boys in Southeast Washington, DC. Through intensive summer programs and Saturday academies at Howard University, YDDC participants are trained in preventive medicine, mental health, and health issues in underserved communities. Selected youth join YDDC during their freshmen year of high school and remain in the program until graduation.  After one year of training in the summer program and Saturday academies, the "young doctors" begin the service learning component of the program, which includes conducting free health clinics in their community under the supervision of YDDC staff doctors.  With the support of Howard University's Department of Psychology and College of Medicine, the Young Doctors are equipped to address Washington, DC's health disparities head-on.

SPARC helps talented high school students apply their quantitative thinking skills to their lives and the world. The program is ‪#‎FREE‬ for all admitted students.The curriculum covers topics from causal modeling and probability to game theory and cognitive science. But the focus of SPARC is on applying the same quantitative and rigorous spirit outside of the classroom. How can we understand our own reasoning and behavior? How can we think more clearly and better achieve our goals? Even when the content is challenging, the atmosphere is relaxed and centered on experiences. Classes are small and discussion-based, activities range from programming labs to prediction markets, and invited speakers include academics, CEOs, and philanthropists.

The Stanford Medical Youth Science Program's (SMYSP) Summer Residential Program is an annual five-week science- and medicine-based enrichment program that takes place annually from mid-June to late July, and is held on the Stanford University campus.

The Summer Residential Program is open to low-income and/or underrepresented minority high school sophomores and juniors who live in northern and central California. You qualify for the Summer Residential Program and are invited to apply if you:

  • are a current sophomore or junior high school student (at the time of your application) who lives and attends high school in one of the 20 northern or central California counties from which we recruit. Preference is given to students who are juniors at the time of their application.
  • are from a low-income family and have little or no history of attending college in your family.
  • have demonstrated an interest in science classes and have received a B-average in some of them.
  • have demonstrated an interest in medicine and health-related careers, and show maturity, intelligence, initiative, and curiosity about the world around you.

Only applications received from the following California counties will be considered. No exceptions are permitted:

Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Madera, Marin, Merced, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, and Yolo.

Students who do not meet these basic eligibility requirements are not eligible to apply for this program. Exceptions cannot be made; please do not ask. Additionally, the program recognizes that personal circumstances may prevent some students from demonstrating their full academic potential. Therefore, SMYSP does not look for A-average students only. SMYSP will consider academically motivated students with a 2.75 or greater GPA. If you fall into such a category, we encourage you to apply. Please note that you must have taken adequate science and math courses to understand the lectures and labs. There is no cost to participants.

Summer Girls. The University of Maryland Physics Department is pleased to offer our Physics Summer Outreach Program. This is a free program open to all upcoming 9th, 11th and 12th graders, and we receive applications from a diverse group of young females* with one thing in common--- the desire to learn more about physics. No prior physics knowledge is necessary but applicants are required to write a statement explaining why they would like to attend this program. *Open to both males and females.

The Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) increases the number of historically underrepresented and *economically disadvantaged students pursuing careers leading to professional licensure or professions in mathematics, science, technology and health-related fields.

STEP Programs provides students with academic enrichment and research experience in science, mathematics and technology content areas. Programs consist of summer and academic year components including:

  • Core subject instruction/Regents exam preparation
  • Supervised training in research methods
  • Internships
  • High School and College admissions counseling
  • Standardized test preparation
  • Career awareness/development activities

There are sixty (60) STEP Programs housed at institutions of higher education and/or professional schools across New York State. Admission to a STEP program is competitive and requires students to participate in an application process. Please refer to the listing of regional programs by town/county (on the left) to locate a program near you.

*Economic eligibility guidelines are determined by the state of New York. Students who are not underrepresented (e.g., Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Alaskan Native, or American Indian) must meet these income guidelines 

AspirnautTM Summer Research Internships are hands-on and mentored laboratory experiences for high school students interested in a career in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). Participants reside for six weeks on the campus of Vanderbilt University and conduct biomedical research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Interns are paid a salary for the time they work in the lab, provided room and board, and given opportunity to interact with university faculty and administrators. Students have been involved in research ranging from understanding diabetic kidney disease and breast cancer to designing microfluidic devices with engineers at Vanderbilt.

PwC Accounting Careers Leadership Institute
The PricewaterhouseCoopers Accounting Careers Leadership Institute is free, week-long, hands-on opportunity for Latino/a and African American or Black high school juniors (rising seniors) to learn more about the accounting profession and about the key role accountants play in society. Throughout the program, students work directly with Bryant University faculty, staff, and students, as well as professionals from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the largest professional services firm in the world.

To apply, students must be college-bound African-American or Latino/a high school juniors (rising seniors) who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students must have also completed Algebra II by the end of the junior year.

No fee to attend

Bryant and PwC want high school students to learn more about various areas in accounting in an environment that is both fun and educational. Except for transportation cost, the program is offered at no charge to students who apply and are accepted into the PricewaterhouseCoopers Accounting Careers Leadership Institute.

The DC Health and Academic Prep Program (DC HAPP) 
DC HAPP is a four-week pre-college matriculation program coordinated by the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion for Washington, D.C. rising high school seniors who demonstrate an interest in pursuing a health career. Working directly with medical students, public health students, physicians and other medical professionals, DC HAPP scholars learn about various medical professions as possible career paths, participate in college preparatory activities, and are mentored through the college application process.

DC HAPP aims to:

  • Identify, recruit, and nurture talented students from the District of Columbia Public School system, primarily those from backgrounds that are underrepresented in medicine, who have an interest in pursuing careers in the health professions.
  • Establish linkages between students and health care providers and scientists including but not limited to physicians, physician assistants, nurses, physical therapists and those in medical research.
  • Develop strategies which provide continuing support and resources for program scholars in order for them to achieve post-secondary academic success leading to professional careers in the health care field.
  • Build sustainable mentor/mentee relationships that aid scholars in long-term academic and professional success in the health care field.

Scholars will earn a $2000 stipend after successful completion of the four week program.

The Jump Start Program at the University of Maryland invites 50 rising high school juniors and seniors to participate in a week-long summer science immersion program, sponsored by the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. Students considering a career in the sciences will have the opportunity to learn the tools of modern life sciences research and experience the excitement of discovery. In addition to carrying out laboratory investigations, students will participate in seminars and professional development workshops. The program is free for all participants.


Research Science Institute
Each summer, 80 of the world's most accomplished high school students gather at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the Research Science Institute (RSI). RSI is the first cost-free to students, summer science & engineering program to combine on-campus course work in scientific theory with off-campus work in science and technology research.

RSI scholars first participate in a week of intensive STEM classes with accomplished professors. The heart of RSI is the five week research internship where students conduct individual projects under the tutelage of mentors who are experienced scientists and researchers. During the final week of RSI, students prepare written and oral presentations on their research projects.

A List of Every Governor's School in the US
Summer residential governor’s schools offer gifted and high-achieving secondary (and sometimes middle-school) students an enrichment program that addresses three areas of student development—academic or artistic (often called Area 1), interdisciplinary (often called Area 2) and social and emotional (often called Area 3). The purpose of governor’s schools is to provide a constructive residential learning environment for gifted students to explore their considerable potential. Governor’s school programs vary widely from state to state. Funding sources differ, state oversight varies among departments and public-private partnerships, nomination and selection procedures vary, and implementation strategies range as widely as the host institutions of each program. What unites these programs is dedication to meeting the academic, artistic, and social and emotional needs of gifted, talented, and high achieving youth.

The Garcia Research Scholar Program for High School Students

Mission: The goal of the Garcia pre-college programs has been to convey to young students and their teachers the excitement of polymer materials research, to suggest possible career options, and to provide the opportunity to use polymer science to enhance the regular science teaching curriculum.

The Research Scholar Program for High School Students offers the opportunity for high school teachers and students to perform research on the forefronts of polymer science and technology together with GARCIA faculty and staff. Students work as part of focused research teams and are taught to make original contributions of interest to the scientific community. In addition to entering national competitions, the students are encouraged to publish in refereed scientific journals and to present their results at national conferences. Our goal is to convey to the students the excitement we enjoy daily in research. The program has no set time limits. Research is a lifetime learning experience, and we hope to remain a resource to our students long after "graduation".

This is an intensive seven week program for gifted high school students which combines formal instruction with independent research and allows students to design original research projects with guidance from Garcia Center faculty, students, and staff. Students can continue during the academic year in the Mentor Program, which allows them to plan a research schedule with a faculty mentor throughout the year. Pre-arranged transportation and class schedules are coordinated with local school boards to enable students from a large geographical area to enroll in the program. Almost three hundred high school students have participated in this program since its inception.

The students have consistently won recognition for their research through national competitions (LISEF, NYCSEF, NYSSEF, ISEF), published in refereed journals, been awarded patents, inducted into the National Young Inventor's Hall of Fame, and been accepted to universities or professional programs of their choice.

The Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program (SIMR) is an eight-week program in which high school students from diverse backgrounds are invited to perform basic research with Stanford faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students and researchers on a medically-oriented project. The goals of the program include increasing interest in biological sciences and medicine in high school students, helping students to understand how scientific research is performed, and increasing diversity of students and researchers in the sciences. http://simr.stanford.edu

The Lincoln Laboratory Radar Introduction for Student Engineers (LLRISE) program is a summer workshop teaching 18 students how to build small radar systems. This summer STEM program is a FREE two-week residential project-based enrichment program for outstanding students currently in their junior year in high school.

Students will gain an in-depth experience in building small radar systems. Participants will be challenged to build a Doppler and range radar by using creative problem-solving strategies. This hands-on program allows students to work in a state-of-the-art laboratory with highly talented scientists and engineers.

This program is free and includes room and board. Students will provide their own transportation to and from the MIT main campus at the beginning and end of the program. Transportation will be provided each day from the main campus to Lincoln Laboratory, returning to the main campus at the end of the each day's program. https://www.ll.mit.edu/outreach/LLrise.html

The Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH) is a free of cost, STEM-intensive, college preparatory program for underrepresented high school students of color. SMASH boasts a rigorous 5-week, 3-year summer STEM enrichment program which provides access to rigorous coursework and access to mentors, role models, and support networks of students of color. SMASH scholars remain engaged during the school year through monthly STEM activities and workshops. The program not only reinforces the students’ STEM academic identities, but also focuses on developing their critical thinking, civic awareness, leadership and sense of social responsibility.  Launched in 2004, SMASH started on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley with a focus on giving students who were disproportionately underrepresented in STEM the skills they needed to pursue a degree and a career in the field.  The programming provided these students with access to the coursework and the science labs that were often unavailable in their school.  Since 2004, SMASH has expanded to serve hundreds of students in Northern and Southern California.

The Veterinary Summer Experience Program seeks to provide worthwhile opportunities for high school students interested in veterinary medicine while simultaneously generating a pool of potential veterinary students. To this end, the program has been designed to provide valuable educational experiences and acquaint students with all facets of our exciting profession. Students will work in a local veterinary practice in their hometown for six weeks and then spend one week in Knoxville as guests of the veterinary college. While here, they will be involved in various educational programs including lectures, laboratories, and clinical rotations. This is a NO COST, PAID Internship in Veterinary Medicine for high school juniors and seniors from the state of Tennessee. 

The Ohio State University Young Scholars Program (YSP) is an exceptional opportunity for academically talented first generation 8th - 12th grade students with demonstrated financial need to advance their goal of pursuing higher education. Our Scholars receive:

  • Pre-college preparation through intensive college advising
  • Group and one-on-one academic coaching and mentoring
  • College planning tools and resources
  • Academic, leadership, and social engagement at The Ohio State University
  • Guided major and career exploration 
  • An opportunity to attend a world class research university with a generous scholarship

The Young Scholars Program has served more than 3,000 students from the nine largest urban public school districts in Ohio: Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Lorain, Toledo, and Youngstown. Scholars must complete a rigorous college preparatory curriculum and maintain a high school GPA of 3.3 or above to be eligible for the scholarship. Scholars in good academic standing receive a robust financial aid package consisting of federal and state grants, work-study, and the Young Scholars Award. Scholars are expected to sustain their high academic achievement after admission to Ohio State. Connecting multiple levels of education, each year, the Young Scholar Program enhances the professional development and personal growth of 550 pre-college students in grades 8-12 and 250 college students and their families, serving as a stepping stone for success at Ohio State and beyond. The university works with the kids on study skills and standardized test preparation, and other tools they will require for admission. YSP students who eventually attend Ohio State receive a need-based, four-year scholarship averaging $15,605 per year. Further, they participate in summer programs and are provided with on-campus support such as a mentor, a success coach, and techniques for success. http://odi.osu.edu/ysp/

University of Wisconsin-Madison Engineering Summer Program (ESP) is a free, fully funded, six-week residential program for students who will be high school juniors or seniors in the upcoming school year. The ESP course curriculum includes math, physics, chemistry, engineering, and technical communications. Other structured programming such as industry site visits, field trips, guest lectures, workshops, and faculty mentoring will help students gain a better understanding of the field of engineering and its applications. ESP targets high school students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) field. Women from all backgrounds, African-American, Native American, Latino/a, Laotian, Vietnamese, Hmong, and Cambodian students, first generation, educationally-disadvantaged and low income students are especially encouraged to apply. To take part in ESP you must have a strong interest in math and engineering; be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; be entering your junior or senior year for the upcoming school year; have completed at least one year of algebra, geometry, and chemistry by June of the program year; and have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Howard University School of Business Free Summer Enrichment Program


The Accounting Career Awareness Program was established in 1980 by the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) to increase the understanding of accounting and business career opportunities among high school students from underrepresented ethnic groups. This program’s agenda includes site visits and sessions on Accounting Careers, Introductory Accounting Skills, Financial Literacy, ACT/SAT Preparation, Leadership Development, and Educational/Professional Development.


CISCAP is an intensive one-week residential program for rising high school seniors who have an interest in computers, business, or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) discipline. This enriching week provides exposure to the possible range of careers in Information Systems, as well as an opportunity to attend college preparatory classes. The goal of CISCAP is to encourage and assist high school students from under-represented minority ethnic groups to attend college and consider selecting Computer Information Systems as a possible major.


The Summer Actuarial Program is an educational enrichment experience in mathematics, statistics, computers, business, and actuarial careers for exceptional mathematics high school juniors. The program is funded by the Joint CAS/SOA Committee on Minority Recruiting, insurance companies, actuarial consulting firms, and Howard’s Center for Insurance Education. It is devoted to helping strong mathematics students improve their skills and providing information about business and actuarial careers.


  • High school students in their sophomore or junior year at the time of application.
  • Students with PSAT or SAT scores of at least 1000 (math and verbal only). Note the SAP program requires that a mathematics PSAT scores of approximately 60 (SAT 600) or higher.
  • Excellent high school grades.
  • Strong recommendations from the math chairperson or teacher (SAP).

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