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The following is an abbreviated list of summer programs available nationally and in Texas for students interested in science and engineering. Nearly all of these are residential programs – they require that the student live at the college or university where the program is offered. It is neither complete nor can we give personal recommendations as to which camps are best. The majority of these programs are for Upper School students, although some will accept Middle School students.

Every state has similar programs at both private and public universities and colleges. By no means should you stop at this list. If you have a close relative or friend in another city with a notable university or college, go to their website and look for similar summer programs. Be sure to check whether the program is residential (has room and board on campus) or is a commuter camp, requiring you or your child to have a home and transportation. Above all, look less at the institution and more at whether the program is a good fit for your child and his or her interests.

If you do attend one of these camps, we would love to hear about the experience – the good, the bad and the ugly! If you have a son or daughter who has attended one of these in the past, please let us know if it was worthwhile. And if you find another camp that you think worthy of being included on this list, please pass it on to Amy Henderson, Science Department Chair. Good luck! Go Science!


STARS! Vanderbilt University Summer Academy (VSA)

What: One-week, two-week, and three-week residential courses taught by university instructors for students going into grades 8-12. Courses available include Forensic Chemistry, Astronomy, Biology and Field Ecology, Medicine and Literature, Nanotechnology, Nano-Engineering, Engineering 101, Med School 101, and other courses in math, history, language arts and religion.

Who: Course available depends on grade level; one-week residential courses are for rising 8th graders; two-week courses for 9th and 10th; three-week classes for rising juniors and seniors.

Where: Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee

Deadline: Rolling applications, depending on program; see website for details


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

What: Frontiers is an on-campus, residential, research, and learning experience that challenges soon to be high school juniors and seniors to explore the outer limits of knowledge in science, math, and engineering.

Who: Rising Juniors and Seniors

Where: Worcester, MA

Deadline: May 2017

UT southerwestern stars

What: This eight-week program is designed to give teachers and students an opportunity to work side by side with a faculty host in a research laboratory. Participants are paid a stipend and are required to present the results of their research at the end of the summer.

Who: Must be 16-years-old by February 1

Where: Dallas

Deadline: Applications are available from December 1 to February 1.

Duke TIP Crisis

What: Duke TIP’s first summer residential program for current fifth and sixth graders in the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search. Through problem-based learning, CRISIS will ask students to assume the role of a professional on a research team, collaborating with team members to solve a community crisis. They will explore a field such as engineering, business, medicine and health.

Who: Current 5th-6th grade students who have been accepted into the Duke TIP.

Where: Meredith College, Raleigh, NC; Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL; Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Deadline: Duke TIP programs have varied deadlines.

Website: Information on the varied programs:

Start by applying for the Duke TIP talent search:

Duke TIP Summer Studies for 7th-8th Grade

What: Three-week, residential programs in: Architecture, Mathematical Problem Solving, Science on the Appalachian Trail.

Who: Seventh and Eighth grade students who have been accepted into Duke TIP.

Where: College Campuses - vary according to program chosen.

Deadline: Duke TIP programs have varied deadlines.

Website: Information on the varied programs:

Start by applying for the Duke TIP talent search:

Carnegie Mellon Summer Academy of Mathematics and Science

What: The Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science is a rigorous six week residential summer experience for good students who have a strong interest in math and science and want to become excellent students. The program will focus on creating interest in technical disciplines and building academic and personal skills. The goal of the program is to prepare students for admission to selective colleges and universities.

Who: Students who are entering their junior or senior year and are considering careers in engineering, science and other math-based disciplines are eligible

Where: Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Deadline: April 1


Carnegie Mellon National High School Game Academy

What: The National High School Game Academy (NHSGA) is a six week summer program that explores the video game industry and the skills needed to be successful in it. Students are encouraged to expand their own creative possibilities in a unique blend of left- and right-brain college-level work.

Who: Students who are entering their junior or senior year in high school.

Where: Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Deadline: April 1


Carnegie Mellon Pre-College Architecture

What: The study of architecture is an exciting multidisciplinary activity that combines design creativity, historical perspective, technical excellence, social responsibility, and global and environmental leadership. This six-weeks summer program is structured to introduce you to each of these areas..

Who: Students who are entering their junior or senior year.

Where: Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Deadline: April 1


Duke TIP Summer Studies for 8th-10th Grade

What: Three-week, residential programs in: Anatomy, Physiology, and Medical Ethics; Archeology and Anthropology, Robotics

Who: 8th-10th grade students who have been accepted into Duke TIP.

Where: College Campuses - vary according to program chosen.

Deadline: Duke TIP programs have varied deadlines.

Website: Information on the varied programs:

Start by applying for the Duke TIP talent search:

Duke TIP Summer Studies for 9th-12th Grade

What:Two-week, residential programs in: Astronomy, Physics, and Astrobiology; Ethnobiology and Tropical Medicine

Who:9th-12th grade students who have been accepted into Duke TIP.

Where: College Campuses - vary according to program chosen.

Deadline: Duke TIP programs have varied deadlines.

Website: Information on the varied programs:

Start by applying for the Duke TIP talent search:

Vanderbilt University: PAVE Program

What: 5-week summer course designed to “strengthen the academic skills of students who are planning to enter a college engineering, pre-medical, science or technology program.” Students who show exceptional ability but have not yet been admitted to Vanderbilt, will be considered for admission for the following academic year.

Who: rising seniors and just-graduated seniors, prior to starting college/university

Where: Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee

Deadline: Applications already available; final deadline, April 20; rolling admissions


Sewanee Bridge Program in Math and Science

What: 3-week residential program in science (physics, astronomy), math (calculus), and computer science

Who: for students whose “backgrounds and experiences would contribute to and enrich the diversity within our academic community.”

Where: Sewanee, Tennessee

Deadline: See website for more information. The deadline and session dates have not been updated yet


Summer at Brown

What: One, two and three-week courses in a wide variety of topics. Seven-week college credit courses also available, as are online pre-college courses.

Who: Shorter courses available for students from freshman through senior level; college credit courses available to rising seniors and graduated seniors; some grades 6-8 programs as well

Where: Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Deadline: Rolling admissions – there are no official deadlines. However, popular courses fill up quickly during the spring semester. Applications for 2016 are open.


SEA High School Summer Seminars

What: Sea Education Association, the same group that sponsors the undergraduate college program “SEA Semester” also has a summer high school program. Science At Sea is a 17-day program containing both a shore component (classes and labs onshore) and a sea component (lessons out at sea aboard one of the Woods Hole oceanographic sailing vessels). SEA Education also sponsors one or two “High school seminar” courses on specific topics during the summer; these also have both shore and sea components.

Who: Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in marine biology and oceanography careers

Where: Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Deadline: Applications are reviewed on four dates between December and April (see website); rolling admissions may be available thereafter. Applications for 2017 are available online.


High School Aerospace Scholars at NASA Johnson Space Center

What: Selective group of students chosen by NASA and state legislators participate in web-based lessons during the school year followed by 6-day summer experience at NASA (all expenses paid) including team projects with NASA engineers and mentors

Who: Only interested rising Texas high school juniors can apply

Where: Online at home, followed by one week at Johnson Space Center in Clearlake, TX

Deadline: Applications are made in the fall of junior year, deadline usually in December. Note: this application requires a letter from a state legislator; instructions on how to apply for this letter are also on the website. Long process, but looks like a great experience.



Summer Science Program

What: 72 students nationally and internationally selected to participate. By day, students take college-level courses in astronomy, physics, and calculus. At night, students work in teams, making telescopic observations of asteroids. Guest speakers and field trips included in curriculum.

Who: High school juniors, at least 15 years old but under 18, taking calculus or pre-calculus. Sophomores may apply, but are encouraged to wait until post-junior year.

Where: Two campuses: New Mexico’s Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, NM and Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Each campus admits 36 students.

Deadline: Feb 28; applications are open.


iD Tech Camps at SMU

What: Imagine a small group learning environment where the curriculum is tailored to you. A place where you build your STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills in intimate clusters of just 8 students maximum per instructor, and collaborate with new friends. You’ll gain confidence, explore a unique college campus, and get a taste of the collegiate experience. This isn’t just camp. It’s a portal to a fulfilling future, in college and beyond. Join us this summer at our kids camps and teen camps—learn iPhone® and Android™ app development, programming with C++ or Java™, video game design, web design, moviemaking, robotics, and more. Get inspired by energetic, tech-savvy instructors, and build critical 21st century STEM skills. Beginner or advanced, we offer a customized learning experience.

Who: 6 – 12 graders

Where: SMU campus

Deadline: Rolling, applications open


Summer College in Biotechnology and Life Sciences

What: Four-week sessions for students interested in experiencing college-level work in science, particularly biology and chemistry. Students earn college credit hours while getting an introduction to the college experience.

Who: Rising juniors and seniors; rising sophomores accepted “with proof of exceptional ability and interest in science and math.”

Where: North Carolina State University

Deadline: applications should open in January; deadline varies, check website


MD Anderson High School Summer Program in Biomedical Sciences

What: Four-week program

Who: Rising junior or senior. Selected students work from 8am to 5pm in MD Anderson research laboratories with researchers on a specific project. Program includes bi-weekly seminars, tour of the research center and a final presentation.

Where: MD Anderson Cancer Research Center in Houston, Texas

Deadline: May 1, but it is first come first serve. Applications open


Baylor High School Summer Research Program

What: Selected students spend one month at Baylor University working on specific topics with professors in their research labs. Students learn new laboratory techniques, are involved in “real world” research problems, and attend seminars on campus

Who: Rising seniors (current juniors) interested in scientific research, principally in biology and chemistry.

Where: Baylor University in Waco, Texas

Deadline: March 1, 2017; check website for more details


Clark Scholars Program at Texas Tech University

What: Competitive seven-week program designed to give students the opportunity to work with professors on their research while also attending seminars and field trips. While students are invited to apply in many research areas, the majority of the faculty work in chemistry, physics, math and engineering. For research areas, go to

Who: Rising juniors and seniors

Where: Texas Tech, in Lubbock

Deadline: February 7, 2017 deadline; see website for details


The Rockefeller University Science Research Program

What: Seven-week program designed to be a “total immersion” experience in laboratory research. Students should have high aptitude in life or physical science.

Who: Students must be 16-years-old at start of program to participate.

Where: New York, NY and they will not provide room and board anymore. You must have a place to stay in NY.

Deadline: Applications are open


Smith College Summer Science and Engineering Program for High School Girls

What: Four-week program for high school girls interested in science, engineering, and medicine.

Who: Rising 9th through 12th grade girls

Where: Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts

Deadline: regular admission deadline April 29, 2017 applications are available online.


Summer Programs at John Hopkins

What: Four-week college level courses for credit for motivated students. Credit hours are transferable to other colleges and universities. Residential students must sign up for two courses (at least 7 hours credit).

Who: Students who are at least 16-years-old by June 30 and have completed their sophomore, junior or senior year. GPA must be at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Where: John Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD

Deadline: Applications open on February 1, 2017. Residential applications have April 3 deadline.


Harvard Secondary School Program

What: Six-week program at Harvard; students take two 4-credit-hour college courses, choosing from over 300 courses offered. Very competitive.

Who: Rising juniors, seniors, and post-graduate

Where: Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Deadline: Applications open in December; rolling admissions. Application process is two-tiered; student must first apply and be accepted to Secondary School Program, then must apply for courses.


High School Summer College at Stanford

What: Program for students who want to get a jump on their college education. These are 8- to 10-week long college course for college credit. Residential or commuter (if you know someone in the area).

Who: Must be 16 or 17 years of age. There is a second program for students 18-20 years of age who have not yet entered college.

Where: Stanford University in Palo Alto, California

Deadline: Applications open; rolling admissions until filled.


Yale Summer Session

What: Five-week college-level courses for students wanting the Yale experience. Students are required to take two classes per session and live on campus. Yale is also beginning online pre-college courses; there are none, however, in science as of yet.

Who: Rising seniors and just-graduated seniors.

Where: Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut

Deadline: Applications are available in mid-January.


UT-Arlington Summer Engineering Program

What: One-week engineering and computer science programs designed to introduce students to the multiple disciplines within engineering. The program incorporates both classroom and lab lessons with visits to local engineering firms.

Who: Bridge and Access programs are for rising sophomores through seniors; camps are also available for middle school students (see below). Bridge is the residential program; Access program students must arrange living quarters separately or commute.

Where: UT-Arlington

Deadline: Final deadline for application is April 1 or 15 depending on session attending.


Engineering Design Summer Camp at Colorado School of Mines

What: One-week engineering design camp for students interested in any type of engineering. The design process is taken from inception of idea, to testing a prototype, and finally marketing.

Who: High school students who have completed the 9th grade.

Where: Golden, Colorado. Drawback – this is not a residential camp; must have a place to stay in or near Golden, Colorado. Still, it’s a great opportunity!

Deadline: see website; registration is not open yet


Lead America Leadership Program

What: Conferences held at all different college and universities to prepare students for college and careers in all different fields

Who: Middle and Upper School students

Where: various locations

Deadline: varies


Sail Caribbean

What: Adventure travel programs in the British Virgin Islands. Teenagers from around the world live on 50 boats and learn how to sail, water sports, scuba dive, community service, and marine sciences

Who: Grades 6 - 12

Where: various places in British Virgin Islands

Deadline: registration open




This is a short list…by no means does it include all that’s out there!

ESD Summer Camps

What: ESD has hosted a number of STEM-related summer camps, including the Wolf Run Science Camp, Lego Robotics, Lego Logo, and Computers from the Inside Out.

SMU Lyle School of Engineering Camp

What: One week, half-day camp to give students hands-on experience in engineering and interaction with engineers from the DFW area. Older students get support in finding and applying for college engineering programs.

Who: 7th grade through senior year

Where: SMU, Dallas

Deadline: Applications accepted from March through May.


Dallas Museum of Nature and Science Discovery Camps (ages 5-12)

Aquatic Sciences Adventure Camp (ages 9-15; residence camp at Texas State University at San Marcos)

Texas A&M Sea Camp

University of North Texas Elm Fork Education Center’s Summer Explorers Camp

Texas Tech University at Junction (in the Hill Country) Outdoor School (includes residential camp)

McKinney Roughs Nature Park: Summer Nature Camps (Bastrop County, southeast of Austin)

University of Texas at Dallas, CSI:Dallas

Dallas Texas Prefreshman Engineering Program (TexPREP)

This program is taught at Dallas Community Colleges in the summer; it is competitive to enter, largely for minorities and women

Perot Museum, Dallas



And wherever you spend your summer…

Remember to check out the local universities and colleges for more programs. Almost every state university has summer programs for middle school and high school students. Take a look and good luck!

Lower School

4344 Colgate Avenue
Dallas, Texas, 75225

Middle & Upper School

4100 Merrell Road
Dallas, Texas, 75229

Wolf Run Ranch

located near Anna, Texas

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