DEADLINE: available soon
Eligibility: students from underrepresented backgrounds who are sophomores or juniors at the time of application; US citizens or permanent residents
What it is: Engineering Summer Program (ESP) is a fully funded, six-week residential program for students who will be high school juniors or seniors in the upcoming school year. The ESP course curriculum includes math, physics, chemistry, engineering, and technical communications. Other structured programming such as industry site visits, field trips, guest lectures, workshops, and faculty mentoring will help students gain a better understanding of the field of engineering and its applications.
Why you should apply: This program provides a fully-funded opportunity to take courses taught by UW-Madison faculty and experience life at a college campus. If you know engineering is a field you see yourself in, but haven’t necessarily taken as many advanced mathematics or science courses, this may be the program for you, as it only requires students to have taken one year of geometry, chemistry and algebra. The classes are rigorous and require students to think critically and creatively about the design process. The program also offers college counselling, professional development workshops, as well as a chance to interact with professionals at companies like Alliant Energy, Design Concepts, GE Healthcare, Rockwell Automation and Spectrum Brands.
DEADLINE: available soon
Eligibility: high school students ages 14 through 18; US citizens or permanent residents
What is is: SMaRT is a two-week summer program at Texas A&M University. It is intended to facilitate interest in mathematics of advanced high school students. High school students of age 14-18, who are US citizens or permanent residents, are eligible to apply. The camp will provide an intensive learning environment in mathematics, where high school students will learn not only useful mathematical facts, but also how to approach mathematical problems, prove mathematical statements, and write the results.
Why you should apply: A big advantage of the program is that it’s small – in 2009 through 2016, 20 new and 8 returning students were admitted yearly, with an undergraduate counselor being assigned to each group of five students. Solving challenging sets of problems in a group of five people will show you a perspective on mathematics entirely different from what you’ve encountered in high school. You will be able to get a lot of personalized attention from the counsellors as well as your peers, and see what it’s like to solve problems collaboratively, giving you insight into the nature of work in college and beyond. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to get a taste of university life, by attending daily lectures related to the topics tackled in the program, as well as guest lectures by the university’s faculty regarding mathematics and its applications, living on campus, etc.
DEADLINE: available soon LINK: http://www.jinaweb.org/outreach/PAN/
Eligibility: students who have completed at least one year of high school; US citizens or permanent residents
What it is: PAN is an outreach program at two world leading nuclear physics laboratories: Nuclear Science Laboratory located on the campus of the University of Notre Dame and the National Superconducting Cyclotron laboratory located on the campus of Michigan State University. It is sponsored by the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics – Center for the Evolution of the Elements (JINA-CEE) and taught by NSL and NSCL faculty and staff. The program welcomes U.S. students who have completed at least one year of high school. It introduces participants to the fundamentals of the extremely small domain of atomic nuclei and its connection to the extremely large domain of astrophysics and cosmology.
Why you should apply: While most pre-college programs have curricula that cater to students interested in the broad spectrum of disciplines under the umbrella of science and engineering, PAN is one of the few programs geared specifically toward students who are academically inclined toward physics. If physics is something you are passionate about, you should consider applying to PAN. For one, you will be in the company of like-minded peers who have similar interests and perhaps even academic and career goals, which would not be the case in an interdisciplinary science program. Being in this kind of environment may facilitate more intense and in-depth learning, as well as pave the way for exchanging ideas, future plans, hobbies, etc. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to gain more specialized knowledge in the two domains of nuclear physics and astrophysics, and perform advanced laboratory work and research. This will ripen your understanding of the subject, which will later on convincingly communicate your commitment and passion to the admissions committees of the universities you apply to.