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Additional Opportunities for SIR

Summer Opportunities for Students in Mathematics and Sciences

There is a multitude of summer opportunities available to high school students. They vary widely in scope, focus, cost, and so forth. Some programs will even pay a stipend to participants.Think carefully about your goals and aspirations, visit web sites early for program details, and choose wisely. If you are seeking particular programs, the following list may be useful. Resources for finding other summer opportunities are mentioned at the bottom of the page.

Specific Summer Programs

Please note that these programs may be tuition-based. Some programs may offer financial assistance; possibilities include need-based scholarships and competitive scholarships. Always check the organization's official web site for precise information.

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• ACT-SO: ACT-SO is an acronym for Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics. ACT-SO is an enrichment program designed to recruit, stimulate, improve and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. Activities at the local level include competition science, humanities, business, and performing and visual arts.

More information and application: http://www.naacp.org/act-so/

• Adler Planetarium The Astro-Science Workshop at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago is open to current high school sophomores and juniors who have taken Algebra and who have demonstrated exceptional interest and ability in Astronomy and related sciences.  The program includes research projects and guest lecturers from world-renowned experts on the year's topic.

More information and application: http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/teen-opportunities/astro-science-workshop/

• Argonne National Laboratory has had a few summer positions for students in the past.

More Information: http://www.anl.gov

• Baylor University: The purpose of the High School Summer Science Research Program (HSSSRP) is to give superior high school students hands-on research experience by working on research projects with Baylor University science professors in many disciplines. The fellowship program is open to students between their junior and senior year of high school.

More Information and Applications: http://www.baylor.edu/summerscience

Deadline: usually April; check their web site for details

• Brookfield Zoo Volunteer Youth Corp: If you enjoy meeting and working with other teens, learning about animals, and talking to people about animals, then YVC may be for you! YVC offers teens the opportunity to discover conservation, wildlife, and science through one of two tracks. Both tracks include free trips throughout the year to natural areas, museums, and other fun places. Youth Volunteers must attend all training sessions and volunteer at least 120 hours per year

More information: http://www.brookfieldzoo.org/pgpages/pagegen.59.aspx

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): The CDC has internship opportunities for high school, college, graduate and post-graduate full-time students. Begin your Federal career with a great summer job, gain knowledge of the federal hiring process, and excellent experience to add to your resume.

More information: https://www.cdc.gov/fellowships/short-term/high-school.html

• Crow Canyon Archeological Center : Week long programs for middle school and high school students provide a good introduction to the archaeology of the Southwest. An intensive three-week summer field school is available for older teens.

More Information and Applications: http://www.crowcanyon.org

• Drexel University: The College of Engineering at Drexel University runs summer programs for high-school students interested in engineering.

More Information and Applications: http://drexel.edu/engineering/resources/summer-high-school-programs/

GEMS and Strive: Hands-on programs to introduce girls to engineering and inspire them to learn more about math and science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

More Information and Applications: http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/Diversity

• High School Honors Science, Mathematics, & Engineering Program: Work with a mentor on individual projects at Michigan State University .

More information and application: http://education.msu.edu/hshsp/

• The Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program: an 8-week hands-on summer mentoring program that works to develop interest in the fisheries profession among high school students. Students chosen to participate in the Hutton are matched with a local fisheries professional for an 8-week, hands-on summer experience. A very substantial scholarship from the American Fisheries Society is awarded.

More Information and Applications: https://hutton.fisheries.org/

• The International Science Camp: Meet students and teachers from around the world and s hare your ideas, culture and dreams while coming up with solutions to real world global dilemmas. This 4-week residential camp for students 12-16 years old is held at Willamette University. You will work in teams to learn about science, technology and our world in a fun way.

More info and application: www.jemisonfoundation.org

• The Jackson Laboratory Summer Student Program: Students learn how to conduct research by working on an independent, original project under the mentorship of a research scientist.

More Information and Applications: https://www.jax.org/education-and-learning/high-school-students-and-undergraduates/learn-earn-and-explore

• The Keystone Science School: The Keystone Science School runs a variety of residential summer programs for students.

More Information and Applications: https://www.keystonescienceschool.org/

• Materials Camp: ASM International runs a summer camp that utilizes hands-on learning principles of applied math, physics, and chemistry. The students will be teamed up and assigned a real world failure analysis problem. They will work in a local lab under the guidance of a "Materials Mentor." Their goal is to determine the cause of the failure and propose a solution.

More information and application: http://www.asminternational.org/foundation/students/materials-camps

•  MIT's Women in Technology Program: The Women's Technology Program at MIT is a 4-week summer residence program to introduce high school girls to electrical engineering and computer science.

More information and application:  http://wtp.mit.edu

• NASA: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) offers a variety of programs for high school students, including summer programs and internships.

More Information and Applications: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/9-12/index.html

• The National Youth Science Camp (NYSE): This opportunity for seniors is a four-week, all-expense paid program that usually takes place in July. Scientists from across the nation who work on some of the most provocative topics in science today present lectures and hands-on science seminars and linger to interact informally with student delegates. Delegates are challenged to explore new areas in the biological and physical sciences, art, and music with resident staff members. The delegates visit Washington D.C. to take advantage of some of the nation's premier scientific, governmental, and cultural facilities. The four-week experience includes three overnight expeditions into the Monongahela National Forest featuring backpacking, rock-climbing, caving, mountain-biking, or kayaking opportunities

More Information and Application: http://www.nysf.com/w/programs/nysc/

•  NIH Summer Internships: Paid summer biomedical research internships are available through the National Institutes of Health. Students must be 16 by June 1. Housing is not provided, but the program website provides a listing of housing possibilities (including some on areas college campuses). Internships are 8-10 weeks, beginning in May, but some flexibility is allowed to accommodate students' schedules.

More information and application: https://www.training.nih.gov/programs/sip

•  NIU Summer Camps: Northern Illinois University in DeKalb offers a variety of summer camps for interested students.

More information and application: http://www.niu.edu/summercamps/

• Research Science Institute: RSI is an intense summer program where some of the most talented high school students from the US and around the world come together to do science and mathematics. Living on the MIT campus, they do research projects under the guidance of mentors from MIT and surrounding institutions.  

More Information and Applications : https://www.cee.org/research-science-institute

• Ross Summer Mathematics Program: Explore concepts in number theory, work with unique mathematical ideas, and assimilate new learning techniques at Ohio State University.

More Information and Applications: http://u.osu.edu/rossmath/

• Summer Science Program: This 6 week Summer Science Program exposes academically gifted high school students to advanced topics in mathematics, physics, astronomy, and computer science. Unique in the world for its hands-on, practical approach, the Summer Science Program (SSP) challenges its participants to determine the orbit of a minor planet using their own telescopic observations, measurements, and software, working in teams of three. In addition to providing a college-level experience, the six-week residential SSP has been a turning point in the academic and personal development of many of its alumni.

More Information and Applications: http://www.summerscience.org/

•  University of Connecticut: UConn Mentor Connection is a summer program for rising high school juniors and seniors located at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. A typical day may offer practical, hands-on workshops, such as how to use the latest electronic data retrieval systems in a university library, how to navigate the college application process, or an exciting guest lecture. Each evening students can choose to participate in one of a variety of planned activities.

More Information and Application: http://mentor.education.uconn.edu/

•  The University of Florida Student Science Training Program matches students with a faculty mentor for field, lab, of computer research.

More Information and Application: https://www.cpet.ufl.edu/students/sstp/

• Weizmann Institute of Science/Dr. Bessie Lawrence International Summer Science Institute (ISSI): Laboratory scientific research for talented, science-oriented students who have just graduated from high school prior to the month-long program (usually in July). Selection is highly competitive: Students who are chosen generally have had significant research experience. In addition to lab work in Rehovot, students will spend some time in a desert field school, as well as have the opportunity to visit Jerusalem and other significant sites; also included are social, cultural, and athletic opportunities.

More Information and Applications: http://www.weizmann-usa.org/about/education/bessie-f-lawrence-international-summer-science-institute

• The Young Engineering and Science Scholars (YESS): The mission of the California Institute of Technology's Young Engineering and Science Scholars (YESS) Program is to bring together talented high school students in a concentrated educational environment that exposes them to the rigors and joys of scientific investigation, while concurrently demonstrating the analytical and experimental skills necessary for success. Although they do not need to have already studied all areas, students should be prepared to participate in calculus, physics, biology, engineering, and computer courses. Open to outstanding high school sophomores and juniors. Admission to the program is extremely competitive with an anticipated enrollment of 30 students.

More Information and Application: http://yess.caltech.edu/

 

Finding other Summer Opportunities

The interested student may find other well-suited opportunities by pursing the following leads:

• The National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science, and Techology (NCSSSMST) provides a broad sampling of exciting summer programs academically talented students in mathematics, science, and technology.

More Information: http://ncsss.org/resources

• Science Training Programs Directory: The Society for Science and the Public provides a comprehensive catalog of science, mathematics and engineering enrichment programs for pre-college students and teachers.

More Information: https://student.societyforscience.org/