Summer Opportunities

Scholar Launch is holding several STEM research programs for high schoolers in July 2021. 

Big Data Analytics Using RStudio: Statistical Analysis and Predictive Modeling: Students will use RStudio to load data from League of Legends, conduct statistical analysis, and carry out predictive modeling in order to evaluate the performance of teams. 

Faculty Advisor: Assistant Professor, West Point Academy

Subject Areas: Data Science, Machine Learning and Deep learning, Game Design

Data Visualization: Using Data Models and Geographical Information to Design Web-Mapping Projects: Students will work on a hands-on web-mapping project of visualizing the spatial distribution of variables of interest using open-source technologies. They can later display these maps as part of their spatial data visualization portfolio.

Faculty Advisor: Assistant Professor, Brown University

Subject Areas: Data Science, GIS, Spatial Structures, Web-mapping

Biobuilder Summer Bootcamp: A two-week intense bootcamp that allows students to dive into the world of synthetic biology and biodesign, analyze data and learn how to apply these methods to laboratory results in real time. Participants will have the opportunity to design their own synthetic cells and complete and publish a written project proposal.

Faculty Advisor: Instructor, MIT Department of Biological Engineering

Subject Areas: Project Design, Computation, and Data Visualization for Bioengineering

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Scholar Launch is offering 2 social science programs in July 2021 about social justice, racial inequality, global violence/warfare and international legal systems. 

Modern America: the Historical, Cultural, and Economic Studies of Racial Inequality, Social Justice, and the Legal System: In looking at the Black Lives Matter and Asian American Violence, does it feel like history repeats itself or are we moving forward? How did the pandemic uncover social inequality? How do you understand discourses on gender and power in modern America? In this program, students will look at modern America through the lens of slavery, legal issues, race, inequality, and social justice.

Faculty Advisor: Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Comparative Literature, University of Michigan

Subject Areas: Sociology, History, Social Justice, Law, American and African-American Studies, Comparative Literature

Mass Violence on the Global Stage: the History, Legal Frameworks, and Social Impact of Atrocities: In this program, students will examine three layers of mass crimes committed under the fog of war: why and how the crimes happened, how to investigate and prosecute the criminals and visual materials that are exhibited and continue to shape our world.

Faculty Advisor: Associate Researcher, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University

Subject Areas: Sociology, History of War, Law

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For students who want a unique academic experience but aren’t able to travel to either of our beautiful campuses for the residential Summer Academy program, the Great Books Summer Seminar Series is completely online. For high school students aged 15–18 who seek intellectual challenges from anywhere in the world, this is the ideal program!

Because we are dedicated to providing access to thoughtful students who seek academic challenge, St. John’s is offering an extremely limited number of places at a reduced price. Our Summer Seminars are real St. John’s College seminars led by our full-time faculty. Here, you can expect small seminars where you engage in vigorous discussions with other students who love great books, new ideas, and deep conversation—just like you.


June 14–18: Plato, Phaedo

June 21–25: Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon

August 2–6: Tocqueville, Democracy in America (excerpts)

August 9–13: Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

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A one-week creative writing and college essay workshop for high school students who love to write!

Monday, July 12 – Friday, July 16, 2021, 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET

Students in the Young Writers' Camp will work with experienced writer-instructors at Goucher’s renowned creative writing center to: 

  • Participate in an intensive personal essay writing workshop as they prepare their college essays
  • Study various genres of creative writing with published authors
  • Explore Goucher campus and college life
  • Receive feedback on their writing from peers and instructors

Create an anthology of student writing.

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Now more than ever, young people want to play a pivotal role in developing solutions and addressing inequities in the United States. In June 2021, Close Up and the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools will host the first annual Empowering Girls’ Voices: Youth Summit, a special opportunity for high school students to build the tools and knowledge they need to become catalysts for change in their communities. Over the course of the 5-day Youth Summit, students will network with diverse peers nationwide; deliberate about the barriers to equity in our country; deepen their understanding of existing campaigns for change; and work together to create meaningful solutions. Over 1,000 students from more than 60 Girls’ Schools participated in the Empowering Girls’ Voices programming this year – the Youth Summit is designed to bring these girls and other highly motivated girls together for an immersive and impactful week. By engaging young people in meaningful civic action, we aim to help students develop empathy for the perspectives of others and build the skills and confidence to empower a generation of changemakers.

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From health care and finance to research in the life sciences and social issues, data science plays a major role in understanding and solving large, complex problems facing the world today. This summer, we have an exciting opportunity for students interested in developing skills to pursue a future in working with data.

UMass Amherst Summer Programs and the department of Mathematics and Statistics is excited to inform you about scholarship opportunities for Foundations of Data Science. This project-focused two-week course will include case studies and analysis, Python programming, handling and visualizing large data sets, and collaborative work to address issues such as COVID-19 prediction modeling and testing, and the financial crisis of 2008.

  • Open to rising 10th - 12th graders
  • No prior knowledge of statistics or computer programming is assumed. The only prerequisite is a high school algebra course.
  • Students earn 2 college credits. Credits can be included on college applications, and may be transferable to other universities.
  • Online program with synchronous instruction 

Interested students in need of financial assistance are encouraged to apply for a full scholarship. Please follow the directions here to learn more about applying for scholarships to UMass Amherst pre-college programs. Scholarship applications are due by May 15th, 2021.

To waive the $35 application fee, students should enter the waiver code "summer21" in the online application.

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An intensive two-week immersion in poetry, fiction, playwriting, revision, fantasy, or creative nonfiction. 

Are you currently a high-school student who is passionate about creative writing? 

THIS YEAR, in addition to having workshops in poetry, playwriting, and fiction, we are also offering three specialized courses: (1) Fantasy, Science Fiction, Fabulism: Short Fiction through a Fantastic Lens, (2) Digging Deep: Writing and Discovery in Poetry and Creative Nonfiction, and (3) Re-visioning Your Revisions. 

Review of our applications begins on Friday, February 19, 2021. We highly encourage you to apply by that date, though we will continue to review applications which arrive later (see our FAQ page). Decisions will be announced in early April. We are indeed accepting current seniors who will graduate in 2021, given the disruption the pandemic has caused for so many talented young writers.

The cost of the program is $1200.

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Options include: Creative Writing Workshop; Science & Engineering; Sustainable Futures; Women, Gender & Representation.

Designed by Smith’s professors and staff, precollege programs offer an inspiring learning experience, and you can request a recommendation from Smith faculty to use in your college applications. A hands-on, collaborative environment lets you directly engage with world-class scholars who help you pursue your passions and develop new skills. Enjoy learning without the pressure of grades or competition. Outside the classroom (whether it be remote or on campus), enjoy Smith’s social offerings in the evenings and on weekends. Remote learners will have multiple options every week to take part in creative, health and wellness, and social online activities. On-campus students will live in a house just a few steps from downtown Northampton and will have the same opportunities in person.

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The UMass Amherst online pre-college programs are designed to give you a preview of the UMass student experience, including college-level academics and being part of a learning community of high school students from all across the U.S. and the world.

We accept applications from current freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school. Please note, the Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Technology programs are open only to rising juniors and seniors.

Admissions are rolling. Applications will be accepted through June 15th

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For over fifteen years, Marist has created a top summer pre-college program that gives students a sense of college life, provides a taste of a college major, and allows students to earn college credit all while still in high school. This year, we're going virtual. While we would love to host you on campus this summer, our Virtual Summer Pre-College experience will be packed with opportunities for you to test drive a major and meet like-minded high school students from around the world. With 14 courses to choose from, this summer's courses will take place over a three-week period from July 12-30. We look forward to seeing you online!

One of the many benefits of Marist's Summer Pre-College program is the ability to gain a sense of your future college major while still in high school. Choose from a wide range of course options designed to give you a taste of the academic experience in the major. Courses include: Business, Creative Writing, Criminal Justice, Cybersecurity, Data Science for Polling and Political Communication, Digital Media, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Science, Fashion Design - Portfolio, Fashion Merchandising A to Z, Pre-Health, Pre-Law, Psychology, and Sports Communication.

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Are you a high school student between the ages of 15-19 years old looking to gain service hours? Consider Volunteering with Camp St. Vincent.

This summer, Camp St. Vincent is planning to run an 8-week program. We are taking all possible safety precautions in regard to Covid-19 to ensure the safety of our campers, our volunteers, and our staff.

Considering the recent pandemic, we plan to adapt the camp so that we can still provide its valuable services to children. We are tentatively planning to hold camp at our Patterson Park location this year. We plan to increase the number of busses that we use, in order to follow both social distancing, and safety guidelines while transporting campers from their shelters and programs to our Camp, due to the increased health risks of transporting the children by bus and assembling in larger groups. But we are still holding camp!

Each day will include reading, math, and STEM enrichment activities, along with a healthy dose of sports, dance, art, and water play activities. Most importantly, we will add special social/emotional modules to help children cope with the increased trauma caused due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Camp will be offered at our Patterson Park location servicing children in shelters and homeless programs across Baltimore City and County. Camp St. Vincent will tentatively operate for 8 weeks for campers, from 8:30am-3:30pm June 21 through August 13, for children ages 5-14.

For more information contact Robert Spencer at (410) 921-2820, or Katrina Robinson (410) 406-7217,

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Academies are subject-intensive three-week programs that fuse sophisticated scientific or social theory with relevant application. The science academies draw upon Penn's cutting-edge technological experience and students’ virtual at-home labs, while the social academies draw upon the rich history and diversity of Philadelphia to provide a sociologically comprehensive academic experience.

The Pre-College Program is designed for academically curious high school students interested in the intellectual challenge of an Ivy League undergraduate academic experience. Pre-College Program students are enrolled in online summer courses alongside Penn undergraduates. Our program offers undergraduate courses in a wide array of disciplines taught by Penn faculty, staff, and visiting scholars. Academic advising and access to University learning resources are provided. The Pre-College Program also welcomes international applicants.

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In this interactive studio program, you'll develop fashion design skills, deepen your knowledge of fashion tools and trends, and build a professional-grade design portfolio at Cornell's Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design, the only department of its kind in the Ivy League.

Through hands-on projects, discussions, guest lecturers, and critiques, you'll explore basic fashion design concepts, processes, and research.

No prior experience with fashion design is necessary, and no sewing is involved in the program.

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In this program, you'll examine the many ways in which individuals change as they move through adolescence—biologically, psychologically, cognitively, and socially. You'll learn about the major theoretical perspectives, research methods, and controversies in the study of human development. And while the focus will be on psychology, the program will also touch on education, neuroscience, sociology, psychiatry, criminology, economics, law, medicine, and public health.

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A pre-college program at Syracuse University designed to engage girls to a cadre of information and technology related workshops introducing them to topics centered around careers in technology, including but limited to: Web Design, Project Management, Human Centered Design, Social Media, Information Security, Information Literacy, Data Science and Analytics. This will be accomplished through mini-lectures, hands on activities, escape the lab scenarios, and the building of a technology portfolio that will include the results of their projects each day. June 27-July 10, applications open now.

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Directed by distinguished faculty members, this program allows high school students to explore writing in a non-competitive and non-judgmental environment that values the risks and adventure of the creative process. Each day, participants attend writing and theatre workshops led by prose writers, poets, and performance artists. Included in the week are mini-workshops taught by program faculty and guest artists. Rooted in the Sarah Lawrence College tradition of one-on-one interaction, the program offers students the opportunity to meet individually with workshop leaders. The program also includes faculty and student readings and a celebration of student work on the final day of the program. Classes are limited to 15 students, with two faculty members per workshop. All classes will be held live using Zoom.

We welcome students entering the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades the following fall. Students must be age 14 or older at the start of the program.

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Rising 11th and 12th grade girls are invited to the Cyber Defense Training Camp to explore and apply various topics within the STEM and cybersecurity fields by linking research to practice through hands-on experience. Participants will be introduced to the cybersecurity programs available at the University of Maryland and will be exposed to various topics and careers in the field of cybersecurity. 

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Since 1997, students in grades 10-12 have been participating in the AGAM summer camp offered at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Map). This weeklong summer mathematics camp for high school students provides a stimulating and supportive environment. It was originally designed for young women but is now open to all students who want to develop their mathematical ability and interest. AGAM especially wants to encourage applications from underrepresented groups in mathematics. Participants learn about the exciting mathematics of Codes, interact with peers who share an interest in mathematics, and work with mathematics graduate students and professors who earned their Ph.Ds. from Nebraska. The campers are chaperoned by mathematics graduate students and undergraduate students. AGAM is one of 18 Young Scholars Programs across the nation supported by the American Mathematical Society Epsilon Fund. AGAM has been included in the Ultimate Guide to Summer Opportunities for Teens: 200 Programs That Prepare You For College Success book as one of 200 of the best summer programs for teens across the nation.

A typical day at online camp includes:

  • Interesting mathematics sessions each morning and afternoon
  • Problem sessions following each class, facilitated by the instructors, and a Nebraska graduate student
  • Evening networking activities

Eligibility: Students entering grades 10-12 in the fall are invited to apply for the camp. Candidates must have completed high school geometry. Special consideration is given to those entering their sophomore or junior year in the fall who have not yet taken Calculus.

Summer 2021 Information: We will hold an online camp for all genders during the week of July 11-17, 2021. In 2020, we held our first weeklong virtual camp via remote learning.

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The McCombs Summer High School Programs are free, six-day experiences focused on business and leadership that offer rising junior and senior high school students the chance to learn and interact with McCombs students, faculty, and corporate representatives. Outstanding African-American, Latino and Native American students, first-generation students, and students who have overcome social or economic hardship are strongly encouraged to apply. However, all students are welcome to apply. This is your chance to see what it's like to live and learn on campus before you graduate high school!

The McCombs School of Business plans to host our three high school summer programs in person in June 2021.  However, due to the continued COVID-19 health concerns summer programs may take place in a virtual setting. Please note, final notice for the summer program format will be publicized on April 1, 2021. 

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The Carleton Liberal Arts Experience (CLAE) is a free, week-long summer academic program for high school students. CLAE supports 52 high school students who have just completed their sophomore year. CLAE Scholars experience the benefits of a liberal arts college education through classes in science, art, social studies, and technology. Students from across the country are invited to apply for this online academic program.

Students who have an interest in African American culture, especially students from the African diaspora, are encouraged to apply. Throughout the week, CLAE Scholars will focus on African American community and identity through the framework of a liberal arts education.

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The Young Women's Institute is a 4-day program for young women around the country to participate in workshops with top Kelly Business School faculty, interact with successful Kelly alumni, prepare a real-world business case project, and build leadership and communication skills. Program is free for those accepted; participants must pay their own transportation costs. 

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The Reynolds Young Writers Workshop at Denison is an energizing 8-day program for motivated high school students (rising juniors and seniors) who love to write.  For over 25 years, the Reynolds Workshop has brought together young writers who are passionate about writing and eager to connect to a close-knit community of writing friends.  The workshop is held each June on the beautiful campus of Denison University, a leading liberal arts college, in the village of Granville, Ohio. 

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Experience one of the most challenging and rewarding opportunities for rising Junior and Senior high school artists and designers.

During the remote version of the Pre-College Art and Design Residency program, focus will continue to be on academic rigor and personal creative growth, as well as experience practicing with a college level curriculum (2 college credits are earned upon completion of program).  The program is a combination of live instruction, independent studio time, and a variety of community events, workshops and artist talks. Students will receive ongoing support and feedback from MICA faculty and Undergraduate teaching assistants, as well as build a community of peer support through critiques and collaboration. 

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