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More HS Summer Programs by Matt McGann '00

Some academic and research opportunities for students to consider.

January 26, 2007

To accompany today’s entry about MIT summer programs, here is a further list of some terrific math & science summer programs for high school juniors to consider. All of the below are national/international, selective, multi-week, residential summer programs in math & science.

Science & Research programs

Math programs

Women’s programs

Programs open to out-of-state; largely regional

State Governor’s schools

I do not recommend these summer programs as a thing to do “to look good on a college application.” This should be for personal development. We do not expect that students do these programs. Like I said in my earlier entry, a summer of working and spending time with friends & family is a great option, one I chose for the majority of my summers in high school. Reading, doing sports, rebuilding a car, traveling to Europe or Quebec or New York, or whatever else are great ways to spend your summers. I just hope you’ll take advantage of the large block of free time to do something meaningful for yourself.

Seniors, spread the word to your favorite underclassmen.

17 responses to “More HS Summer Programs”

  1. Jillian says:

    I have been to one of these – one of the Virginia governor’s school summer programs – and had the best time! I would definitely recommend it.

    Thanks for the suggestions – I’ll pass them along to my underclassmen friends.

  2. Solomon says:

    This is obviously not for we hear in Africa to enjoy.

  3. Solomon says:

    Ben Jones, is being a bad blogger again eh. Matt please tell him to blog soon or we will march on him.

  4. Kiefer says:

    So if you click on the “Scholars” link on the Clark Scholars website, you will see that Kiefer (bottom right picture) is listed as having done “psychology.” This is false. I did physics (or astrophysics, being more specific).

    So while physics is underrepresented at Clark Scholars, it may be done. I would imagine many of you Juniors (or Seniors too I guess) would be interested in some of the physics at Clark Scholars although Texas Tech University is better known in the biological arena.

    One thing that is not well mentioned on the Clark website is that it is way fun and you are relatively free to do whatever you want in your freetime–probably a decent analog to college life.

    I don’t know why I have gone on to say all of this, but the main point of this entry is that I do PHYSICS!

  5. Daniel says:

    It’s too bad there are no programs open to people who are no longer in HS… =(

  6. Nuh uh says:

    There are plenty of programs open to graduating seniors and college students. You just have to find them. The real trick is to find the ones that pay you.

  7. bob dole says:

    did you see kiefer’s post? clark scholar is open to seniors, and i believe they give you 750

  8. Ryan Ko says:

    One thing that’s not on here right now is the UC Davis Young Scholars Program. 6 weeks of research (primarily aggie research, as this is Davis after all) in a UC Davis lab with the guidance of a professor. Fun experience, hot girls, fun campus, what’s not to like? smile

    http://ysp.ucdavis.edu

  9. Anonymous says:

    I’m a Shad too! It’s an AMAZING experience. I recommend it to anyone and everyone who can apply.

  10. Mohammed says:

    Jillian have you been at WVGSMS?????

  11. Jigar says:

    SHAD VALLEY is an amazing program. It helps you push your comfort zone and make more than 52 less friends from around the world in less than 30 days. WOW!

  12. Dean J says:

    The ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education) has a great search engine for finding math, science, and engineering summer programs. The general ASEE pre-college site is pretty good for general info.

  13. Hey underclassmen!!! I think going to an academic-type camp is an awesome way to spend your summer, but I also agree with Matt that you shouldn’t just go to a program to make yourself look good on college apps; go there for the experience. I’ve been to 4 summer programs over the last two years, and I have to say that both the learning and friendship components of the camps are absolutely memorable.

    I also have one more camp to add to the list. Carnegie Mellon hosts a variety of camps over the summer that focus on math and science, architecture, art, design, drama, music, and gaming. Check it out at: http://www.cmu.edu/enrollment/summerprogramsfordiversity/

    Good luck applying! And trust me, filling out the apps for these summer programs really give you great practice for college apps (NO JOKE!)

  14. Hey underclassmen!!! I think going to an academic-type camp is an awesome way to spend your summer, but I also agree with Matt that you shouldn’t just go to a program to make yourself look good on college apps; go there for the experience. I’ve been to 4 summer programs over the last two years, and I have to say that both the learning and friendship components of the camps are absolutely memorable.

    I also have one more camp to add to the list. Carnegie Mellon hosts a variety of camps over the summer that focus on math and science, architecture, art, design, drama, music, and gaming. Check it out at: http://www.cmu.edu/enrollment/summerprogramsfordiversity/

    Good luck applying! And trust me, filling out the apps for these summer programs really give you great practice for college apps (NO JOKE!)

  15. Meagan says:

    I am really interested in participating in a summer research program, however I can’t find anything in my region or my price range. I have been very interested in studying global warming and climate change since I was very young. I haven’t had any luck finding a program or internship, has anyone here heard of anything?

  16. Meagan says:

    I am really interested in participating in a summer research program, however I can’t find anything in my region or my price range. I have been very interested in studying global warming and climate change since I was very young. I haven’t had any luck finding a program or internship, has anyone here heard of anything?

  17. Kiefer says:

    Meagan, I don’t know where your region is, but take a look at Clark Scholars. Supposedly somebody gave us a great talk on global warming. Unfortunately, I was gone at the time, so I can’t give you an evaluation of that person or his/her talk. Clarks is a free program open to even international students. If it helps any with travel, you will get a $750 stipend from the program.