Programs for High School Students


In this three week program students will receive a three week introduction to computer science. Students will explore areas of computer science and software engineering.

The program has both residential and commuter versions based on where the student lives. Residential Programs run July through August in California, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, & Washington.  Commuter Programs will take place in July in California, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, & New York. 

Criteria for CSSI: 
Applicants must be High school seniors intending to enroll in a four year program in the United States or Canada in Fall 2019.  
Students should be majoring in computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, or a related area. 
Students must be available to participate in the entire program.  
(Be sure to check the dates before you apply).  
Deadline to Apply: March 18th 

COSMOS is an intensive four-week summer residential program for students who have demonstrated an aptitude for academic and professional careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Talented and motivated students completing grades 8-12 have the opportunity to work with renowned faculty, researchers and scientists in state-of-the-art facilities, while exploring advanced STEM topics far beyond the courses usually offered in California high schools. Through challenging curricula that are both hands-on and lab intensive, COSMOS fosters its students’ interests, skills, and awareness of educational and career options in STEM fields.

Students apply to one of the four University of California’s COSMOS campuses — UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC San Diego and UC Santa Cruz. While each campus employs the best practices in STEM education, the curriculum of each program builds on the unique teaching and research expertise of its faculty and host campus. Each campus can only accommodate about 160-200 participants, so selection is competitive. A typical COSMOS student has a GPA of 3.5 or above. Students must have achieved academic excellence.

SMASH Academy

SMASH Academy is a three-year STEM- intensive residential college prep program that empowers students to deepen their talents and pursue STEM careers. Every summer, scholars are immersed in tuition-free studies at leading universities throughout the country.  During the academic year, scholars participate in monthly programming.

They are coached by instructors of color that represent the future they can have. Because of their common background, students connect more deeply with instructors and gain true mentorship from these STEM professors and industry professionals. As they go through the program, scholars not only develop their skills and network – they also find their voice and build the confidence to become who they want to be. SMASH takes place at over 8 universities throughout the United States including the University of Pennsylvania, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA, Morehouse College,
Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2019

The C-STEM GIRL/GIRL+ camps are focused on motivating girls to learn computing and STEM concepts through peer-mentoring and a fun and exciting robotics-based curriculum. The camp participants are eligible for the Girl’s Leadership Award. GIRL Camp, for middle school girls entering the 7th and 8th grade, targets girls at a critical stage in their development when most girls lose interest in STEM. GIRL Camp aims to foster their interest in STEM and inspire them to serve as leaders and inspire other young girls to gain interest in science and technology through creating and joining robotics clubs in their schools and participating in RoboPlay Competition.
GIRL+ Camp is for high school girls entering the 10th, 11th, and 12th grade.

Multiple sites including UC Davis, Vallejo, Solano, and Fairfield. Please note this is not a residential program offered free of charge.

The Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Research Center in Emeryville, CA

The Introductory College Level Experience in Microbiology (iCLEM) is an eight-week paid summer science intensive for economically disadvantaged high school sophomores and juniors. The program seeks to broaden students’ understanding of biotechnology, microbiology, and biofuels. In addition to completing a research project, the program also exposes students to career exploration and preparation for the college application process.

Participants receive a stipend of $2000 and a travel stipend for the eight-week program from June 17 to August 7, 2019.

To be eligible for iCLEM, you must meet all the following requirements:
(1) be 15 years old by December 31, 2018;
(2) be currently enrolled as a sophomore or junior at a high school in Alameda, Contra Costa, or San Francisco county;
(3) be a US citizen or permanent resident;
(4) have a GPA of at least 2.5 and passed Algebra 1 and Biology;
(5) have an annual household income of $75,000 or less;
(6) commit to being present for all 8 weeks of the program, from June 17 to August 7, 2019.

Deadline to Apply: March 14, 2019  


Santa Clara University

The SES program is designed to motivate young people to pursue science and engineering majors in college so they can ultimately participate in the scientific and technical work force. It provides participants with a chance to explore the many possibilities of engineering as a career while living in University residence halls staffed by program counselors. Participants eat their meals in University dining facilities, attend special workshops and complete their own engineering projects. Participants experience the outside-of-class aspects of Santa Clara University through afternoon and evening recreational activities. Feel free to browse a recent SES schedule to take a look at the variety of program activities offered (schedule is subject to change).

During their stay on campus, students attend introductory level workshops spanning several disciplines of engineering that are facilitated by our engineering faculty. Topics will include: Bio, Civil, Computer Science, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. Participants attend all core workshops for a broad exposure to the various disciplines and careers within the field of engineering. SES workshops will be held in the School of Engineering, the focal point for engineering education at Santa Clara University.
High school Students who will have completed their sophomore or junior year of high school by July 1, 2019 are invited to apply.

Program Dates:
Session 1: July 21-25, 2019
Session 2: July 28-August 1, 2019
Deadline to Apply: March 15, 2019

Embry Riddle

Embry Riddle hosts several summer programs at both their Daytona Beach, Florida and Prescott, Arizona campuses.  Students are exposed to math, robotics, space, and more!

CATALYST Academy @ Cornell University

CATALYST Academy is a one-week residential program for rising high school juniors and seniors from underrepresented backgrounds who desire to learn about engineering and careers within an interactive milieu.

The program seeks to engage juniors and seniors with GPA’s of 3.0 and above.The cost of the program is $1450 which includes room, board, and research supplies.
Scholarships and tuition assistance is available.
Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2019

Curie Academy @ Cornell University

Curie Academy is a one-week residential program for high school girls who excel in math and science. The focus is on rising juniors and seniors who may not have had prior opportunities to explore engineering, but want to learn more about it in an interactive atmosphere. This summer come to Cornell University and explore the many possibilities awaiting you in engineering.

The program seeks to engage female rising juniors and seniors with GPA’s of 3.0 and above.The cost of the program is $1450 which includes room, board, and research supplies.
Scholarships and tuition assistance is available.
Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2019


Canada/USA Mathcamp is 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. More than just a summer camp, Mathcamp is a vibrant community, made up of a wide variety of people who share a common love of learning and passion for mathematics. 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. The program takes place at Lewis in Clark in Portland, Oregon.

MathCamp is  looking for mathematically talented students, aged 13 to 18, to us at Mathcamp 2019. Each summer, thye enroll approximately 65 new students and 55 returning alumni. New students are admitted based on their Qualifying Quiz, recommendation letters, personal essay, and math background.

Mathcamp 2019 takes place at Lewis & Clark in Portland, OR.
Program Dates:  June 23rd to July 28th  
Program Cost: The base cost for Mathcamp 2019 will be $4,500 USD. After financial aid, the final camp fee will be between $0 and $4,500, determined on a case-by-case basis depending on individual family circumstances. This camp fee includes tuition, room, board, all extracurricular activities, and local transportation to and from Portland International Airport (PDX).

Mathcamp is free for US and Canadian families with household incomes under $65,000 (with typical assets), and need-based financial aid is widely available for middle-income families as well as international students, including full scholarships.

Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th,
Ages: 13 years to 18 years
Deadline to Apply: March 15, 2019

National Student Leadership Conference

The National Student Leadership Conference hosts 30 programs focused on areas such as Business, Government & Law, STEM, Leadership and Arts.  Programs take place at over 14 top tier university campuses such as Yale, Northwestern, Georgia Tech, Northwestern University, and Rice

Program Dates:  Varies by Location Site
Program Cost: Varies by Location Site.
Financial Aid and Scholarships are available for eligible students

Grades: 6th through 12th Grade
Deadline to Apply: Rolling Deadlines but generally in late March

Boston University

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

PROMYS is a program for pre-college students from across the United States and international students.  By the first day of the program students must be 14 year old and have completed at least the 9th grade .  Students can attend during the summer between high school and college. Students who are already attending a university are not eligible, although they may be eligible to apply for a counselor position.

Program Dates:  June 30th to August 10th
Program Cost: $5,000
Financial Aid and Scholarships are available for eligible students

Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th,
Ages: 14 years and up
Deadline to Apply: April 1st (11:59 PM EST)

Envision Career & Leadership

Since 1985, Envision’s immersive career exploration and leadership development programs have inspired more than 800,000 students. Located at top college campuses across the country, Envision programs are taught by subject matter experts and built on modern, 21st-century learning principles. From performing a surgery using virtual reality, to conducting a mock trial in an actual courtroom, to learning how to create a grassroots organization to affect positive change, Envision programs provide practical, hands-on learning experiences that students call “amazing” and parents call “transformational.” 

Programs are available for middle schoolers and high schoolers and range from Medicine, Engineering, STEM, and Mock Trial. Programs are offered nationally at top tier universities such as UCLA, Tufts University, UC Berkeley, and St. John’s University just to name a few.
For students applying for scholarships for the 2019 summer the deadline is February 27, 2019