Summer Programs

Summer 2020


San Diego Spectra Bio Labs, ScienceReach Program - Summer 2020

At Spectra Bio Labs, we believe that an investment in the future of biotechnology is the most valuable contribution that we could make. For us, that means empowering the next generation of scientists by equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to stand out and pursue fruitful careers in science and technology. To do so, we at Spectra Bio Labs have created ScienceReach technical courses for high school/college students and professional development for anyone motivated to pursue opportunities in the sciences.

The ScienceReach curriculum aims to provide hands on scientific training and professional laboratory exposure to students. The courses are taught by biotechnology professionals with industry and academic experience. Here are a few features of the Spectra Bio Labs ScienceReach program:

· Spectra Bio Labs is centrally located in Sorrento Valley

· Hands on training in small classes

· Classes are conducted by trained professionals with academic and industry experience.

· Students will work directly with professional-grade analytical equipment

· Students will be taught the techniques for the analysis and testing of common macromolecules (protein/DNA)

· With the experience gained at ScienceReach, students are better equipped to explore internship opportunities in biotechnology and other sciences


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we at Spectra plan to start the courses from July 2020 instead of June 2020. The courses will be conducted in July if the environment is conducive and safe for the students and Spectra Bio Lab staff. In case the classes are cancelled, Spectra will either refund the registration fees in full or the registered students can opt to get the first preference to select the classes of their interests in the future.

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Columbia University Summer Program

Established in 1986, Columbia University's Summer Program for High School Students combines academic rigor and instructional excellence with careful supervision and support within Columbia’s interactive online learning platform. The program is open to high-achieving students entering grades 9 through 12 and freshman year of college.

The online Summer Immersion program provides a rich and demanding academic experience, with an opportunity to get a taste of college-level study. Our instructors use our interactive online platform to emphasize critical thinking skills, and a guided discussion-based learning process.

  • Choose from over 70 courses in a dozen subject areas taught by scholars and practitioners who are experts in their fields.
  • Participate in seminars on college life led by university students.
  • Benefit from academic preparedness and study skills seminars.
  • Receive information on applying to college presented by Columbia Undergraduate Admissions.
  • Instruction will be offered online via Columbia’s interactive online learning platform.
  • Earn a Columbia University Statement of Completion and evaluation letter from your instructor.

We are currently accepting applications:
Summer Session 1 (June 29 – July 17)
Summer Session 2 (July 21 – August 7)
Summer Session 3 (August 10 – 14)

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Smith College - For Academically Talented Young Women

Summer Pre-college programs at Smith College offer intellectually stimulating and unique opportunities for high school-aged women who wish to pursue their academic interests in the classroom and beyond. Explore challenging and intriguing subjects while developing new academic skills.

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UCSD Camps and Workshops at the San Diego Supercomputer Center

Our summer 2020 program offerings are better than ever! With our continued focus on STEM learning, there is plenty to challenge and entertain students this summer! Students in grades 5-12 can choose from beginning and advanced programming courses, Star Wars and Minecraft themed coding camps, robotics with Legos, Sphero and Raspberry Pi challenges, drone technology, web development and our new project-focused UCSD High School Computer Science Master Class series for high school students.

What we offer:

• 15 years of STEM-focused summer programs at UCSD

• small class size (no more than 16 students)

• innovative, skilled instruction by educators in the Sweetwater, San Diego Unified and Poway Unified school districts

• 2-3 undergraduate and high school teaching assistants per course

• non-profit status that keeps pricing competitive

• an inspiring setting on the UCSD campus

• a highly regarded reputation for summer programs

How to Register

Complete course information listed by week and registration links can be found at

If you have questions about our summer programs or the registration process, please contact Ange Mason, SDSC Education and Outreach, via phone at 858 534-5064 or
email at<>.

Big Data Summer Camp - Seminar Series at Qualcomm Institute

UC San Diego Qualcomm Institute’s Big Data Summer Camps provide aspiring young data scientists an immersive educational experience using cutting-edge approaches to Big Data. These pre-college summer camps are designed for students with interests in data analytics and visualization, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and how these fields and approaches assist in discovering and evaluating predictive models. The summer camps are each a week long and will introduce participants to the use of data and tools related to Big Data ecosystem.

Session 1 & Session 2. Students will learn the basic math, visualization and methods behind data science and will work on team projects with classmates using real life examples. Over the course of the week, the content will build in complexity and difficulty, and will include strategies for data visualization and model development and evaluation. No programming experience or knowledge is required. Additionally, invited guests from academia and industry will give presentations to expose the students to various data science application domains. Students can enroll in either Session 1 or Session 2.

Advanced Session. Advanced Session builds on the basics learned in the introductory sessions. Enrolling in Advanced Session (August 3-7) requires concurrent enrollment in Session 1 (June 15-19) or Session 2 (July 27-31). Students who have taken Big Data Summer Camp in past years also qualify.

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Fusion Academy

Established in 2007, Fusion Academy is an accredited private school for grades 6-12, providing one-to-one, personalized education through both full-time and part-time programs. Fusion has helped unlock the true potential of thousands of students by leveraging their unique strengths, challenges, and interests to tailor a learning experience customized for the specific student.

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Boston Leadership Institute Summer Programs

The Boston Leadership Institute is now accepting applications for Summer 2020 STEM programs designed for high-achieving high school students. Participants engage in experimental research with faculty experts in cutting-edge areas of science. Programs are offered in fields that generate high demand STEM careers.

Programs provide:

• Hands-on, in-depth research experience that can be included in college admissions essays

• Research skills that afford students an edge in obtaining internships and research positions

• A platform to explore potential college majors and careers

• An opportunity for students to demonstrate initiative, drive, and mastery of upper level STEM subject matter

• Well-equipped science labs and premier facilities provide the type of summer experience that is highly valued in college admissions

Programs take full advantage of Greater Boston locations where world-class colleges such as Harvard meet world-class biotech and medical centers to provide field trips and guest lectures.

Last summer, over 500 top students were drawn to BLI competitive admissions research programs from across the country and 32 nations.

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University of Chicago Summer Session

Discover the awesome course opportunities for high school students this summer at the University of Chicago. Within a supportive campus community, students from all over the globe are exposed to diverse ideas in classrooms taught by world-class faculty and instructors. In the classroom, students are given the chance to take intellectual risks, dive more deeply into subject matter, and discuss questions that go beyond the realm of their high school curriculum.

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William & Mary Pre-College Program in American History

The National Institute of American History & Democracy (NIAHD) is proud to host the Pre-College Program in American History at William & Mary.

This unique program offers high school students an opportunity to live and study at William & Mary for three weeks during the summer. Students will earn 4 hours of transferable college credit studying American history right where it happened.

What sets the program apart from your typical history class is that students travel daily to the museums, battlefields, archaeological sites, homes, and places where history lives. They will talk with professional historians and curators, and learn not only the history of America but what's being done to preserve it. Students also participate in an active archaeological dig and get their hands dirty looking for 18th-century artifacts.

A background in American history is not required, however, an open mind, independent thinking, creativity, and a spirit of adventure are essential.

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Cornell University Summer College

Choose a two-, three-, or six-week program, where you'll earn transferable credits from Cornell University in subjects such as architecture, business, engineering, human rights, science, and veterinary medicine. Courses are taught by Cornell faculty, giving you an unrivaled learning experience with some of the university's best professors.

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Lewis and Clark Fir Acres Writing Workshop

Fir Acres is a two-week residential summer creative writing program for talented 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. Join 60 high school students from across the country to study and write with published, thoughtful, and dynamic authors, and generate your own writing in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Preview college life on the beautiful, wooded campus of Lewis and Clark, and explore Oregon during faculty-led group trips in and around Portland.

Application deadline is March 9, 2020. For more information, go to

CalArts Extended Studies Summer Program

Discover Studio Art is an intensive experience that allows young artists an opportunity to engage with new and innovative art while thinking critically about what makes it art and developing their individual artistic voice. Students 14 to 17 years old participate in a series of workshops and critiques led by CalArts faculty and alumni, attend artist talks and screenings, explore methods and spend time in the studio developing skills and making art.

Deadline to apply is March 31, 2020. All levels are welcome. For more information, go to

Syracuse University Summer College - June & July 2020

For 60 years, Syracuse University Summer College has been giving high school students the opportunity to learn about potential careers and college majors through its renowned pre-college program. Students navigate daily life much like a college student – they live in a residence hall, have meals with friends in a dining hall, take college-level classes, and participate in social activities and events. Students return home and to their high schools with less anxiety and intimidation about going to college, and more enthusiasm and a sense of being ‘ready’ for college.

Deadline to submit is May 1, 2020. For more information, go to

Boston University Summer Journalism Institute - June through August 2020

Expand your skills. Experience college life. Explore Boston.

Boston University presents a once-in-a-lifetime experience for high school students interested in journalism, communications or writing.

Celebrating its 11th year, the Boston University Summer Journalism Institute gives students ages 15 to 18 the opportunity to expand their skills, experience college life and explore Boston.

Each instructor is also a working journalist, so what’s taught is grounded in real-life experience. Each lesson is tied to its practical application, by giving students reporting assignments on campus and in the city. Each day is an opportunity to taste what’s it like to work in the news field, live on a campus, and make new friends from all over the country.

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Range and Natural Resources Camp - Half Moon Bay - June 16 -21, 2020


Range Camp is a week long program that has been organized by members of the California-Pacific chapter of the Society for Range Management (“CalPac SRM”) for over 30 years. Our goal is to introduce high school students to the professional world of plant, animal, and landscape management. To do this, we invite experts in scientific disciplines related to wildlife, forestry, rangeland, and plants, as well as experienced professionals who are involved in managing resources of these kinds on a daily basis.


Range Camp is held in Half Moon Bay, California on the University of California Cooperative Extension’s Elkus Ranch Environmental Education Center. For additional information regarding Elkus Ranch please visit

UC Santa Barbara Summer Pre-College Programs

UC Santa Barbara offers exciting summer programs for qualified students in grades 9-11 who are interested in jumpstarting their higher education career. Our rigorous programs provide students with a unique opportunity to explore new topics and special interest areas, while earning college credit. We challenge students by exposing hem to the breadth of interdisciplinary, ground-breaking research currently being conducted at UC Santa Barbara.

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Augustana Summer Academy - June 21 - 25, 2020

High school students can experience a unique college atmosphere and summer adventure by taking a course in the Augustana Summer Academy. Courses are from two to four days and take an active, hands-on approach within a close-knit learning community based on the beautiful Augustana campus. You'll find fun outside of class, too, through field trips, evening activities and ventures off campus. Course fee includes housing on campus, all meals, evening activities and class fees. Classes are taught by popular Augustana professors. Investigate your interests, whatever they may be, and have fun while enriching your education on Augustana's campus this summer.

This year, the courses offered are in STEM fields, health care, social sciences, and fiction writing.

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emERge - The Premier Medical Conference for Teens - June 26, 2020 at UCSD School of Medicine

We are not your ordinary sit-in-your-chair-and-learn conference. With over four hours of rotations through hands-on simulations, informative lectures fill with wisdom from our amazing faculty, and a mentorship-based approach, we aim to identify and inspire the emerging medical professionals of tomorrow.

A future physician, nurse, health tech, or other medical leader who attends emERge each year between ages 14-20 will have had personal interactions with over 250 doctors, 140 nurses, 275 techs, and 1000 future colleagues by the time they declare a major at a university!

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Miami University Summer Scholars Program

The Summer Scholars Program provides a rich, early college experience for academically-talented rising high school juniors and seniors from across the globe. Students will join an engaged community of learners for an intense, two-week program in which they do the following:

Participate in challenging, immersive academic modules centered on a specific topic or area of interest.

Learn alongside our leading faculty and professional experts.

Reside in a "living-learning" community with other Summer Scholars participants and get a real preview of college life — live in a residence hall, eat in our award-winning dining halls, and enjoy campus facilities such as our Recreational Sports Center and Goggin Ice Center.

Attend special workshops on topics such as the college admission process and financial assistance. Get an insider's look at the college application process — learn about ACT/SAT test preparation, how to find the right college fit, how to write the best college essay, as well as get an introduction to financial aid and scholarships.

Participate in special excursions to local attractions, such as Kings Island, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, and a Cincinnati Reds game.

Receive priority consideration for merit scholarships and selective programs.

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Coast Guard Academy AIM (Academy Introduction Mission) Summer Program

The Academy Introduction Mission (AIM) is a one-week summer program where you'll immerse yourself in Academy life. Exclusively for students entering their senior year of high school, AIM is regarded as the most realistic of the service academy summer orientation programs.

AIM will test and inspire you. It will push you to your limits. You'll rise early. You'll study. You'll compete. For six non-stop days, you'll test your mind, body and spirit in every way.

Intense, yet rewarding, AIM will help you to discover whether the Academy experience is truly what you want from college, and whether you have what it takes to succeed.

The Coast Guard Academy is not your typical college experience, and AIM is not your typical summer program. During AIM you will live, learn and compete with those who:

Are looking for more than just a degree

Are physically fit and adventuresome

Enjoy science and math

Want to step out of their comfort zone

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NYU Precollege Program - July 5 - August 14, 2020

New York University Precollege gives rising juniors and seniors the unparalleled opportunity to spend their summer on NYU's campus in the heart of Manhattan. For six dynamic weeks, high schoolers can take college-level courses for credit, develop their essay-writing skills, and learn how to manage their time, all while experiencing what it's like to be an NYU student.

For scholarship consideration, students should apply well before the April 1, 2020 deadline.

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UCLA Department of Art Summer Art Institute - July 2020

Study at the world-renowned UCLA Department of Art this summer! The Art Summer Institute is designed for talented and highly motivated high school students. Each two-week session carries three units of UCLA college credit and is structured around a combination of daily, focused studio work, artist lectures, field trips, and a final exhibition. Students may enroll in one or both two-week sessions and choose from Drawing, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, or Video & Performance Art.





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Pratt Precollege Summer Program - July 6 - 31, 2020

Pratt's Precollege program provides students with an opportunity to build their art and design skills, create a portfolio of their work and explore possibilities for study and employment in the creative fields. Classes are modeled after Pratt's undergraduate curriculum and are taught by experienced faculty and alumni in order to provide students with a rich and immersive educational experience.

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Hands of Peace Summer Program (Chicago or San Diego) - July 8 - July 27, 2020

"Empowering young Israelis, Palestinians, and Americans to raise their voices as leaders of change." Join us for this life-changing experience by becoming a participant or a host family during our next Summer Program, July 8 – July 27, 2020. Hands of Peace seeks participants who are current high school students, who are deeply interested in learning about the many complexities of the conflict, and who are open to having a powerful, challenging and exciting intercultural experience. All participants and host families must complete the online application and have an interview with a Hands of Peace staff member or volunteer. Successful Israeli and Palestinian applicants must be proficient in conversational English. Successful US applicants must be available to participate in all the program activities (daytime and evening) and must also participate in preparatory orientation sessions prior to the Summer Program. For more information, go to

University of Delaware Edge Summer College Program (July 13 - August 14, 2020)

The UD Edge summer college program prepares high school students moving into their junior or senior year for a future as a successful college student. By emphasizing academic excellence, practical skill-building and student leadership, Edge offers you the challenge, independence and excitement of a living and learning experience that can only be found at a top national university. Deadline to apply is April 1, 2020.

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Pre-College Adelphi University Summer Program (July 19 - August 1, 2020)

Adelphi University’s Pre-College courses provide a hands-on opportunity to engage in college learning while still in high school. Developing academic, personal, and professional skill sets, these courses will provide opportunities for students to gain 3 transferable college credits, learn in state-of-the-art facilities, experience the culture of nearby New York City, and more! Get an inside look at Adelphi University while residing on campus in our beautiful, new residence halls, enjoying meals in our various dining facilities, and interacting with our esteemed faculty. Get a jump start on college!

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Rady's Summer Medical Academy

Are you a high school student who wants to be a Doctor, Nurse or Pharmacist? Are you interested in Emergency Medicine or Surgery? RCHSD Summer Medical Academy can show you what it’s all about, plus more!

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego presents the 7th Annual:

Summer Medical Academy:

Learning, Doing, Sharing

Session 1: June 15-26, 2020

Monday - Friday, 9am - 4:30pm

Session 2: July 6-17, 2020

Monday - Friday, 9am - 4:30pm

What is the Summer Medical Academy?

A two-week summer program led by over 100 faculty from the Rady Children’s Hospital- San Diego and other cutting edge healthcare organizations in the region.

What will you do?

Explore the unique and exciting world of healthcare and medicine during a variety of sessions including:

• Lectures/Interactive Discussions about crucial topics in healthcare by medical professionals.

• Hands-on skills clinics to try basic techniques in orthopedics, emergency medicine and more.

• Group projects about public health challenges.

• Career panels during which faculty will share their stories, experience, and advice.

• Team building/Networking activities and games to learn new techniques and get to know your peers and future colleagues.

Where: Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego*

*Program will also take place off-site at partner organizations

Cost: $2,450* - covers all course, lab and program materials; t-shirts and scrub pants; and daily lunch. Parking at Rady Children’s is included, but other locations are TBD.

*Transportation and Housing are not included

Who can apply: Highly motivated and enthusiastic students who are interested in a career in healthcare. Students who will be 15-19 years old in June 2020 (enrolled in 9th-12th grade) are eligible.

How can you participate?

1. Visit our website to learn more and download the application (

2. Applications are available now and are due no later than 2/21/2020; emails of acceptance will be sent by 3/23/2020. This is for both Session 1 & Session 2.

3. Mail all materials to (no email submissions will be accepted):

Rady Children's Center for Healthier Communities

Attention: Summer Medical Academy

3020 Children's Way

MC 5073

San Diego, CA 92123-4282

Stanford University Academic Enrichment Programs

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies advances the education of academically talented, intellectually curious, pre-college students. We offer a variety of programs designed to meet the needs of top students everywhere. Our programs provide pre-collegiate students from the U.S. and around the world the chance to explore their passions and dive deep into a single topic beyond what is typically taught in a school curriculum.

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Penn Engineering Summer Academy

The Engineering Summer Academy at Penn (ESAP) welcomes highly motivated and talented students to explore Engineering at the college level. The Academy’s intensive, three-week programs combine sophisticated theory with hands-on practical experience in cutting edge technologies. Work with leading faculty while earning college credit, live on Penn’s historic campus, and connect with new friends from around the world. Whether you are local to the Philadelphia area or hail from halfway around the world, we welcome you to explore what ESAP has to offer. Our program is, in part, designed to provide exceptional math and science students the opportunity to explore the field of Engineering before applying to college.

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