Our list of great summer science programs includes some excellent options, but the list is clearly far from exhaustive. Students who love the sciences have hundreds of options for summer engagement. If you know of another program that you think would provide high school students with valuable experiences in the natural sciences, please share your recommendations here. Submissions are welcome from students, parents, teachers and staff who have close knowledge of a summer science program. Tell Us About a Program
Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation
- High school summer ecology courses for rising juniors and seniors, receive 2 college credits. Programs are one-week residential programs at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal Virginia. Students will live and learn with a community of international Smithsonian researchers and industry professionals in the field of conservation. See our web-page at http://smconservation.gmu.edu/programs/high-school-courses/ for more information on the program and to register for courses.
Summer at The Webb Schools
- The Webb Schools in Claremont, CA is hosting two amazing new summer programs: a junior paleontology program at the Raymond Alf Museum of Paleontology for rising 7th and 8th graders and a Global Leadership Program for rising 9th through 12th graders in Entrepreneurship or Science & Engineering. For more information, check out their website at www.webb.org/summer
- —Guest Theresa Smith
Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory High School Student Fellowships, 8 week mentored laboratory hands-on program
- —Guest Judi Medlin
For students interested in Neuroscience
- For high school students interested in exploring the exciting field of neuroscience, Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa offers a relatively unique neuroscience camp. The Northwestern Neuroscience Camp (NNC) is a one week residential camp (Monday-Friday; this year, July 15-19, 2013) for high school juniors and seniors interested in learning more about the brain, nervous system and neuroscience careers. Camp programming includes mini-lectures and demonstrations, simple electrophysiology and neuropharmacology experiments, sheep brain and simulated human brain dissection, introduction to the cadaver, recording of participants' brainwaves, fieldtrips to neuroscience research labs and medical imaging facilities, “Neuroscience at the Movies" and other brainy fun throughout the week. This is the 6th year the camp has been offered. Do a web search for the Northwestern Neuroscience Camp to learn more; there are lots of pretty amazing testimonials from past NNC participants there.
- —Guest Red
- Simons Summer Research Program at Stony Brook University is - in my opinion - perhaps one of the best summer science research opportunities for rising high school seniors. It offers unparalleled opportunities and promises a fantastic experience. It is becoming more and more competitive each year, with students hauling from all over the nation, and even the world. This deserves to be on the list of top summer programs! http://www.stonybrook.edu/simons/
- —Guest E
Molecular Biology of Cancer workshop
- The Rosetta Institute of Biomedical Research offers summer workshops on cancer at University of California, Berkeley and University of California, Santa Cruz. Great workshops for high school students interested in pre-med or just general science, consisting of lecture, laboratory work and then an independent research project. The classes are two weeks in duration. rosettainstitute.org
- —Guest Ryan
UMass Summer College Program
- Summer College at UMASS Amherst offers great research opportunities for High School students in 20 different actual Research Labs. You can also attend two week credit bearing course intensives in the Arts or Sciences . For more information contact Summercollege@provost.umass.edu or visit the website http://www.umass.edu/summercollege/
- —Guest Caleb- Umass Student
- BlueStamp Engineering is a 6 week summer program focused on high school students building their own individually selected projects. Projects completed in the past include robotic arms, solar powered electronics, and medical devices. Students keep all of their projects so that they can showcase their work on college/job interviews. The students are assisted by engineering students from world renowned univerisities, such as NYU-Poly, Cornell, and Columbia. We try to maintain the student to teacher ratio close to 3:1. The program will meet this summer (2013) in New York, Houston, and San Francisco. Application and full program information can be found at http://www.bluestampengineering.com/
- —Guest Dave Young
not so great
- I wasn't as thrilled about Boston Leadership Institute as you. I still don't know why they call it Leadership, there are just a bunch of classes where they take you on field trips. Also, being at Bentley is a waste of time.
- —Guest Jenna
- There's a program my friend told me about called the STEM camp (Science, Technology, Math, Engineering) at Florida State University Panama City. They get to learn about the science and technology used by the Naval Surface Warfare center, like robotics. I think they have two different programs, one for middle school and one for high school.
- —Guest Mark