STEM Summer Programs

By Jessica Chen

Summer programs are a great way to not only explore your academic interests, but also meet new friends from all over the globe and try new experiences. At MIT’s Women’s Technology Program, the summer program I was able to attend with the help of Joyce Ivy, I experienced a TON of new things, including but not limited to: eating froyo that was delivered to the dorm at 1am, meeting my product design idol, hearing Demi Lovato & Joe Jonas live performing with the Boston Pops Orchestra, and using a 3D printer for the first time.

After reading Aditi’s wonderful, comprehensive list of summer programs, I wanted to chime in with a list of my own, focusing on a field close to my heart — STEM. Below is a list of summer programs that relate to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Note: You can always have a fulfilling summer experience at home through volunteering or working or simply relaxing and enjoying summer. Summer programs should be for your personal enrichment and not intended for resume-padding or to “look good” on college applications. After all, if you’re going to spend 2-6 weeks learning about something, it might as well be in a subject you enjoy. However, if you do want to broaden your horizons and try stepping outside of your comfort zone, read below for some summer programs focused around STEM that can help you do just that!

Science & Engineering

MIT Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) (JIF summer program partner!)
Intensive six-week residential academic enrichment program for high school juniors who intend to pursue careers in science, engineering and entrepreneurship, especially those from minority backgrounds and other underrepresented segments of the population. The program is free of charge to participating students, not including transportation.

MIT Women's Technology Program (WTP) (JIF summer program partner!)
A four-week summer academic and residential experience where 60 female high school students explore engineering through hands-on classes, labs, and team-based project. Students attend WTP in either Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) track or Mechanical Engineering (ME) track.

Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP) (JIF summer program partner!)
SSEP is a four-week residential program for exceptional young women with strong interests in science, engineering and medicine. Each July, select high school students from across the country and abroad come to Smith College to do hands-on research with Smith faculty in the life and physical sciences and in engineering.

Yale Young Global Scholars — Applied Science & Engineering (JIF summer program partner!)
The Applied Science & Engineering (ASE) session of the Yale Young Global Scholars Program is designed for students who are interested in learning and applying scientific principles and applying them to solve important problems in real-world applications. Students will explore interdisciplinary scientific applications ranging from the nanoscopic to the astronomical in scale.

Research Science Institute (RSI)
This rigorous academic program stresses advanced theory and research in mathematics, the sciences and engineering. Participants stay at MIT for six stimulating weeks, attending college-level classes taught by distinguished faculty members and complete hands-on research, which they often then use to enter science competitions. Open to high school juniors, the program is free of charge for those selected.

Summer Science Program (SSP)
A six-week program offered at New Mexico Tech, Purdue, and CU Boulder, SSP is organized around a central research project in either Astrophysics or Biochemistry. In the Astrophysics program, each team of three students determines the orbit of a near-earth asteroid (minor planet) from direct astronomical observations. In the Biochemistry program, each team designs a small molecule to inhibit an enzyme from a fungal crop pathogen.

Research in Science & Engineering (RISE)
Students who are passionate about the sciences and entering their senior year of high school are invited to spend six weeks at BU conducting university laboratory research with some of the nation's brightest scientific minds - and advance their knowledge and skills in the sciences.. RISE offers two tracks: Internship (research projects under the mentorship of distinguished faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students) and Practicum (molecular-biology-focused group research in seminars and laboratory activities under the guidance of a Boston University instructor).

Clark Scholars Program
An intensive seven week summer research program for highly qualified high school juniors and seniors, this program at Texas Tech University helps Scholars to have a hands-on practical research experience with outstanding and experienced faculty. The Scholars receive a $750 tax-free stipend and room & board, and can participate in fun activities, weekly seminars and field trips.

Michigan State University High School Honors Science/Mathematics/Engineering Program (HSHSP)
HSHSP is a seven-week, intensive summer research program designed for motivated students from across the United States who wish to gain more experience conducting research while living on the campus of a major research-intensive university. Since 1989, the HSHSP has offered research opportunities in all areas of science, engineering, and mathematics.

International Summer School for Young Physicists
The ISSYP is an exciting and challenging two-week program for Canadian and international high school students who have a keen interest in theoretical physics and intend to pursue physics studies at the university level.

UMich Summer College Engineering Exposure Program
SCEEP is an 11-day program that familiarizes students with the engineering disciplines offered at the University of Michigan and acquaints them with the university campus, support services, and other resources.  Students live in a dorm while attending the program. UMich also offers the Michigan Introduction to Technology & Engineering (MITE) program for 10th/11th graders.

MIT THINK Scholars Program
The THINK Scholars Program is an educational outreach initiative that promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by supporting and funding projects developed by high school students. The program is run by a team of undergraduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and sponsored by technology companies and educational organizations.

Simons Summer Research program
The Simons Summer Research program matches outstanding high school juniors (Simons Fellows) with Stony Brook faculty mentors to join a research group or team and assume responsibility for a project. The Simons Fellows conclude their apprenticeship by producing a written research abstract and a research poster.

Caltech Young Engineering and Science Scholars (YESS)
This program at Caltech is a three-week summer residential program for outstanding high school sophomores or juniors who are traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering fields (Native Americans, Latinos, and African-Americans) and others who feel they would benefit from the program. The YESS program is designed for students who have a passion for science and engineering and wish to engage in collaborative learning.

Secondary Student Training Program at the University of Iowa
Students who are currently (academic year 2016-2017) in grades 10-11 may nominate themselves for the Secondary Student Training Program (SSTP), a five and a half week residential summer research program at The University of Iowa. Students will conduct research in a university research group under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students will also produce a research poster and paper as a part of the program.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory Radar Introduction for Student Engineers (LLRISE)
Through LLRISE, 18 students will gain an in-depth experience of building 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. This workshop is typically held the end of July.

Women’s Introduction to Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (WISTEM)
This program at Harvey Mudd College (HMC) offers women who are high school juniors an opportunity to experience HMC and gain a better understanding of the science, technology, engineering & mathematics fields! WISTEM includes a two-night residential program as well as a nine-month online program.


Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists (PROMYS)
PROMYS is a six-week summer program at Boston University designed to encourage strongly motivated high school students to explore in depth the creative world of mathematics in a supportive community of peers, counselors, research mathematicians, and visiting scientists.

AwesomeMath Summer Program
An intensive summer camp for mathematically gifted students from around the globe, the AwesomeMath Summer Program is designed for bright middle and high school students who wish to hone their problem solving skills in particular and further their mathematics education in general. Many of its participants seek to improve their performance on contests such as AMC10/12, AIME, or USAMO.

Ross Mathematics Program
The Ross Program at the Ohio State University is an intensive summer experience designed to encourage motivated pre-college students to explore mathematics. During those six weeks, students are immersed in a world of mathematical discovery.

Canada/USA Mathcamp
An intensive 5-week-long summer program for mathematically talented high school students, designed to expose these students to the beauty of advanced mathematical ideas and to new ways of thinking. At Mathcamp, students can explore undergraduate and even graduate-level topics while building problem-solving skills that will help them in any field they choose to study.

“Five weeks of maximized mathematical marvelousness”, MathILy is an intensive residential summer program for mathematically excellent secondary students.

Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC)
SUMaC welcomes an elite group of talented rising high school juniors and seniors on a journey in advanced mathematics through lectures, guided research, and group problem solving. In a social environment centered on mathematics, students explore current lines of mathematical research, the historical development of important areas of mathematics, and applications across scientific disciplines.

The Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics (HCSSiM)
HCSSiM is an intensive six-week encounter with college-level mathematics for talented and highly motivated high school students. HCSSiM students live in the dorms at Hampshire College in Massachusetts for six summer weeks, and study and play in its fields, woods, and academic buildings (not typically in that order).

Summer Math Program For High School Students: Honors Summer Math Camp
The Mathworks Honors Summer Math Camp (HSMC) is an intensive multi-summer program for high school students. The goal of the program is to develop talented students of all socioeconomic backgrounds through immersive and in-depth experiences in an unique learning environment.

Prove It! Math Academy
Prove it! Math Academy is a summer mathematics program taught by experts — a unique, high-quality resource to help motivated, talented high school students reach their full potential. This program serves as a bridge between programs/contests that emphasize computational abilities and those that expect students to be well-versed in proof writing.


Summer Child Health Research Internship
The Department of Pediatrics offers summer research opportunities for rising high school seniors that will introduce students to research opportunities related to child health.. Students will work in the lab with members of the Department of Pediatrics faculty at Children's Hospital Colorado/University of Colorado on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program
The Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program (SIMR) is an eight-week program in which juniors & seniors (from the graduating class of 2017 or 2018) from diverse backgrounds are invited to perform basic research with Stanford faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students and researchers on a medically-oriented project.

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