Regional Resources

United States of America

GENERAL STEM

MIT Online Science, Technology, and Engineering Community (MOSTEC)– (US citizens or residents in the 11th grade) MOSTEC begins the summer before grade 12 and lasts six months. It is a program that aims to encourage the pursuit of engineering and technical careers. The first two months comprise of online courses and projects. In August, students attend a 5-day conference held at MIT to present their projects. The rest of the program consists of webinars and interviews with MIT faculty and researchers.

Dual Credit Texas Education Agency– (High school students in Texas) With the dual credit experience, high school students can take college level courses in various subjects, including engineering. This allows you to earn post secondary credits in high school and be better prepared for your future.

Science Olympiad – They organize interesting competitive tournaments and professional workshops that showcase STEM content to teachers and students across the US. It has competitions and workshops for all K-12 students.

Ithaca College Pre-College STEM Institute – A three-week residential program for high school students wherein they get to work with Ithaca College faculty and undergrads to assist with ongoing lab and field research.

Summer Workshop in Math @ Duke University – A free and virtual 7-days workshop from Duke University! This workshop is only available for 11th grade students who are citizens of United States. It is said that SWiM has a particular focus on advancing women’s participation in the field of mathematics. All participants have to attend math courses and/or lectures, work in research groups, and participate in social activities with other students.

MathTree Camp – MathTree Camp is a summer camp for younger children, varying from 5 to 15 in age. It takes place in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC. Its goal is to let campers learn mathematical concepts in a fun way in order to grow children’ love for math. MathTree offers both in-person (6-hrs/day, 5 days, $395) and virtual camps (10 days, 50 min/day, $275).

Momath Summer Camp– An online, registration needed, math summer camp held by the National Museum of Mathematics offers a hands-on approach to learning math. The number of groups within this camp allows for them to accommodate anyone from all ages and backgrounds. The cost of the program is $650.

COSMOS – An intensive 4-week summer residential program at multiple University of California campuses that accepts high-schoolers and exceptionally talented middle-schoolers. Each campus has multiple clusters that explore different areas of science, but some have an exclusive focus on math (such as the UC Davis Mathematics Cluster). Tuition for the program is $2,117 for in-state applicants and $4,300 for out-of-state applicants. However, while in-state applicants can apply for financial aid, out-of-state cannot. It is recommended to check back with the website each year as these numbers are based off of the summer of 2021.

U Penn Mathematics Academy – In this summer camp, you’ll learn discrete mathematics, algebra and number theory, and geometry and topology. It starts at July 1 and ends at July 23 and applications are open on December 1. This program is eligible for students in 9th-11th grade and is open for international applicants. The cost of the program is $4,700, but Philadelphia students may receive financial aid. Courses are offered online.

AlphaStar Academy Math Summer Camp – This mathematics summer camp is based out of Santa Clara, California and is eligible for students in 4th grade up to students in 12th grade. It is a 3 weeks long of 15 instructional days during weekdays. AlphaStar Academy Math Summer Camp is a unique and great opportunity for interested and talented students who are looking to improve their mathematical skills during the summer season. It provides students with a fun and challenging environment for learning. The cost of the program is $2600, but there is a discount for applying early.

SCIENCE

ASTRONOMY

HI STAR Summer Research Program – A week-long astronomy research program at the University of Hawaii, Maui. Available to students of grades 8-11. $25 registration fee.

Harvard Observing Project – Intended to introduce students to observational astronomy. Takes place each semester only for Boston area. Technically only for undergraduates, but motivated high school students could apply.

Astronomy Camp – An annual program for teens and adults run by the University of Arizona in Tucson. Participants attend observing sessions and talks by top scientists and analyze data. The tuition fee is $1100-$1250.

Summer Science Program (SSP) – A weeklong program either in biochemistry or astrophysics in July for 15 to 19-year-olds (though ages 16 and above are preferred). Admission is competitive and the application process includes submitting test scores and recommendation letters. Tuition costs $6950, but financial aid is available.

BIOLOGY

Summer Science Program (SSP) – A weeklong program either in biochemistry or astrophysics in July for 15 to 19-year-olds (though ages 16 and above are preferred). Admission is competitive and the application process includes submitting test scores and recommendation letters. Tuition costs $6950, but financial aid is available.

Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program– An eight-week long program where high schoolers perform medical research with faculty from Stanford. There is no cost for the program and all students are given a $500 stipend.

Stanford Clinical Internship– A two-week long program for premed undergraduates and high school students to get experience in the clinical setting. The program fee is $3780.

GeneLab for High Schools: Growing the Next Generation of Scientists (GL4HS)– A four-week intensive training program for high school students and educators hosted by NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley (Mountain View, CA). GL4HS allows high school juniors and seniors to be able to understand space life sciences with bioinformatics research, genetic codes, and computational codes.

SMASH Medical Curriculum– A five-week program that exposes students to a range of careers in healthcare including surgery, CPR, and clinical simulations. The program is free of cost and is mainly for low-income and underrepresented students in STEM.

NEUROSCIENCE

USA Brain Bee – This is a neuroscience competition for teenagers (13-19 year olds). You prepare for this competition by studying from freely downloadable textbooks. The competition format is oral question and answer but can also involve neuro-anatomy laboratory tests.

CHEMISTRY

Summer Science Program (SSP) – A weeklong program either in biochemistry or astrophysics in July for 15 to 19-year-olds (though ages 16 and above are preferred). Admission is competitive and the application process includes submitting test scores and recommendation letters. Tuition costs $6950, but financial aid is available.

ACS Project SEED: Project SEED (Summer Experiences for the Economically Disadvantaged) is a paid summer internship program for high school students. For 8 to 10 weeks during the summer, SEED students work in real laboratories, with real scientists serving as their mentors. Students learn about careers in chemistry and receive mentoring in college preparation and professional development.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

MATHEMATICS

Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists (PROMYS) – An intensive 6-week math summer residential program at Boston University for students between 15 and 19 years old. PROMYS consists of exploring various topics in math with a focus on number theory. The program holds a strong emphasis on developing individual problem-solving skills and applying them to challenging problems.

Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC) – A prestigious and intensive 4-week math summer residential program at Stanford University for high school juniors and seniors. Daily lectures are taught by Stanford professors on topics such as group theory, number theory, and algebraic topology. After every lecture, students work on problem sets based on the lecture with help from the counselors if needed.

Mathcamp – An immersive 5-week math summer residential program at Champlain College that accepts students from ages 13-18. Students here are exposed to a wide range of math topics and work together with graduate students and researchers. Mathcamp is really what you make of it where you can either work on research projects are just enjoy the lectures and field trips.

Ross Mathematics Program – The Ross Program is an intensive summer experience designed to encourage motivated pre-college students to explore mathematics. During those weeks, students are immersed in a world of mathematical discovery.

Young Scholars Program (YSP) – A 4-week day camp at the University of Chicago for 7th to 12th graders from the Chicago-land area and surrounding suburbs, the Young Scholars Program provides an in-depth exploration of mathematics that aren’t generally taught in school. YSP strengthens mathematical powers through a deep experience in mathematical thought and effort. Students from outside the area can apply if they have their own lodging and transportation (usually participants from out-of-state will stay with relatives).

MathILy – MathILy is a five week program for students creative and enthusiastic in their approaches to learning mathematics.The program ensures focused and individually tailored for effort every student that elicits massive learning, and significant growth. Along with learning newer mathematical concepts, the students are able to explore the use of mathematics in several other fields.

MATHCOUNTS Competition – A national program in the US that allows students from grades 6-8 to compete against others which involves an initial chapter competition, state competition, then national competition with prizes for the winners.

Putnam Competition – A competition for undergraduate students in the US and Canada. Even if you don’t know how to solve any of these, reading the problems and solutions are interesting and can provide more insight into certain topics.