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45 Best Academic & Summer Research Programs for High School Students

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45 Best Academic & Summer Research Programs for High School Students

A comprehensive list of the best research programs for high school students in the US and international students

Research Opportunities For U.S. and International High School Students

Pioneer Academics is a research institute for high-achieving high school students seeking research opportunities in STEM, social sciences and humanities. It is the only accredited online research program that grants college credits for contributing to a real-world research project.

If you’re looking for research opportunities for high school students, we invite you to attend one of our information sessions.

In 2021, the Pioneer Research Program received nearly 4,500 applications, yet we were only able to accept around 1,100 outstanding students.

However, we believe all motivated high school students deserve access to top notch research opportunities. As research programs come in many different forms, as summer programs, activity tutoring, or even serious research studies, it is important that high school students choose the right research project. To that end, we assembled this list of widely respected academic and summer research programs that accept both U.S. and international high school students. Many summer programs offer both onsite and online classes or an internship program.

18 Respected Academic Programs Hosted by Colleges or Universities

Looking for an academic summer research program hosted by a college or university? The list of summer research programs below offers high school students everything from the opportunity to collaborate on a research project, to summer programs that help to develop their leadership skills.

Academic Programs Designed for Upcoming Undergraduate Students

Leadership Institute – Brown University

  • About: At the Brown Leadership Institute, students learn how to become effective advocates for social justice during a two-week on-campus session or four weeks online. Participants will explore how to practice socially responsible leadership, as well as hone skills in active listening, public speaking, problem solving, and more, all without the pressure of grades.
    • 2022 Modality: Onsite and Online
    • Program Dates:
      • Onsite: June 26-July 8
      • Online: July 11-August 5
    • Courses
    • Program Costs
    • Application Dates
      • Application Opens: December 6, 2021
      • Early Action Deadline: January 14, 2022
      • Early Action Decisions Sent: January 28, 2022
      • Early Action Registration Opens: January 31, 2022
      • Regular Admission Decisions Sent: Rolling Decisions Released Starting February 7, 2022
      • Regular Admission Registration Opens: February 7, 2022
      • Regular Admission Deadline: May 20, 2022
      • Regular Admission Final Decisions Sent: May 31, 2022

Pre-College Program – Carnegie Mellon University

  • About: Carnegie Mellon’s Pre-College programs offer rising high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to see for themselves how undergraduate students experience college both academically and personally. Students are able to explore their passions and academic interests in a variety of courses taught by Carnegie Mellon’s prestigious faculty. Course options include lab work, research seminars, and STEM workshops.
    • 2022 Modality: Onsite
    • Program Dates/Details
      • 3-Week Programs: July 5 -July 22, 2022
      • 4-Week Programs: July 5 -July 29, 2022
      • 6-Week Programs: July 5 -August 12, 2022
    • Program Costs
      • Computational Biology (3 Wk.) Residential: $6,530
      • Computational Biology (3 Wk.) Commuter: $5,109
      • Summer Session (6 Wk.) Residential: $11,639
      • Summer Session (6 Wk.) Commuter: $5,871
      • Other Programs and Costs
      • Application Fee: $50
      • Enrollment Deposit: $800
      • Full Scholarships Available for Students in Financial Need
    • Application Dates
      • Early Decision Application Deadline: February 9, 2022
      • Guaranteed Early Decision Notification: March 9, 2022
      • Regular Decision Application Deadline: March 16, 2022
      • Regular Decision Notification: April 13, 2022
      • Scholarships Application Deadline: March 9, 2022
      • Scholarships Decision Notification: April 7, 2022
      • International Application Deadline: February 23, 2022
      • International Decision Notification: March 4, 2022

 Pre-College Students – University of Chicago

  • About: The University of Chicago offers a summer research program with a variety of academic courses for high schoolers, and is attended by students from all over the world. Students are able to pursue intellectual passions that go beyond the realm of their high school curriculum and are taught by world-class faculty and instructors in cutting-edge research facilities. Program options include research in the biological sciences, as well as offsite practicums.
    • 2022 Modality: Onsite and Online
    • Program Dates/Details
      • Immersion Session 1: June 13-30, 2022
      • Immersion Session 2: July 5-21, 2022
      • Research In the Biological Sciences: June 13-July 8, 2022 (Includes Required Orientation June 11-12)
      • Stones And Bones: June 13-July 8, 2022 (Includes Required Orientation June 11-12)
      • Summer College Session 1 (3 Wks.): June 21-July 9, 2022
      • Summer College Session 1 (5 Wks.): June 21-July 23, 2022
      • Summer College Session 2 (3 Wks.): July 13-30, 2022
      • Summer Online: July 5-August 5, 2022
    • Program Costs
      • Immersion:  $7,775
      • Research In the Biological Sciences: $13,200
      • Stones And Bones: $13,200
      • Summer College: $4,380
      • Summer Online: $4,500
      • Scholarships Available
    • Application Dates
      • Priority Deadline: January 19, 2022
      • Regular Deadline: March 9, 2022
      • Extended Deadline: April 7, 2022
      • Rolling Deadline: After April 2-May 1, 2022

Cornell SCE Pre-College Studies – Cornell University

  • About: Experience Cornell firsthand by attending courses alongside undergraduates, taught by top Ivy League faculty, and earn college credit while still a sophomore, junior, or senior in high school. The Pre-College studies offer students the chance to experience college life both inside and outside of the classroom, and participants have access to college admissions workshops.
    • 2022 Modality: Onsite and Online
    • Program Dates/Details
      • Residential 3 Week Session 1: ONLINE ONLY
      • Residential 3 Week Session 2: June 18-July 9, 2022
      • Residential 3 Week Session 3: July 10-30, 2022
      • Residential 6 Week Session: June 18-August 2, 2022
      • Online 3 Week Session 1: May 31-June 17, 2022
      • Online 3 Week Session 2: June 21-July 8, 2022
      • Online 3 Week Session 3: July 11-29, 2022
      • Online 6 Week Session: June 21-August 2, 2022
    • Courses
    • Program Costs
      • Residential 3 Week (3 Credits): $7,275
      • Residential 3 Week (4 Credits): $8,895
      • Residential 6 Week (5 Credits): $12,930
      • Residential 6 Week (6 Credits): $14,550
      • Residential 6 Week (7 Credits): $16,170
      • Residential 6 Week (8 Credits): $17,790
      • Online Courses: $1,620 Per Credit
      • $75 Application Fee
      • Health Care Fee
      • Financial Aid Available for Onsite Students Only
    • Application Dates
      • Summer Residential Application Deadline: May 6, 2022
      • Onsite Financial Aid Application Deadline: April 1, 2022
      • Online 3 Week Session 1 Deadline: May 6, 2022
      • Online 3 Week Session 2 Deadline: May 27, 2022
      • Online 3 Week Session 3 Deadline: May 27, 2022
      • Online 6 Week Session Deadline: May 27, 2022

July Experience – Davidson College

  • About: A three-week college-program of non-credit courses for rising high school juniors and seniors, allowing students the opportunity to explore courses from new academic disciplines, engage critically with college level material, and develop critical thinking skills. Davidson faculty members provide individualized mentorship throughout the program.
    • 2022 Modality:  Due to The Ongoing COVID-19 Outbreak, 2022 Session of July Experience Has Been Canceled

Summer Session – Duke University 

  • About: Students currently in 10th or 11th grade in the 2021-2022 school year can earn college credit taking courses at Duke over the summer. Academically qualified students are offered courses across the arts and sciences over a six-week period.
    • 2022 Modality: Online
    • Program Dates/Details
    • Program Costs
      • Regular or Non-Science Lab Course: $2,600
      • Science course with lab: $3,325
      • Half course:  $1,300
      • Quarter course: $650
      • $120 Transcript fee
    • Application Dates
      • Accepting Applications beginning March 1, 2022

Emory Summer College – Emory University 

  • About: Current high school sophomores and juniors can choose from a variety of college-level courses, either for credit or non-credit, both online and on-campus. The on-campus programs provide a glimpse into college residential life on the Emory campus, and the opportunity to study alongside undergraduate students.
    • 2022 Modality: Onsite and Online
    • Program Dates/Details
      • Pre-College Noncredit Session A (Onsite): June 26-July 9, 2022
      • Pre-College Noncredit Session B (Onsite): July 10-July 23, 2022
      • Pre-College Noncredit Session C (Online): July 25-August 5, 2022
      • Emory Summer College Session 1 (Online): May 13-June 24, 2022
      • Emory Summer College Session 2 (Online): June 27-August 5, 2022
    • Program Costs
      • Pre-College Noncredit Session A (Onsite): $4,464 (1 Course), $8,966 (2 Courses)
      • Pre-College Noncredit Session B (Onsite): $4,464 (1 Course), $8,966 (2 Courses)
      • Pre-College Noncredit Session C (Online): $3,166 (1 Course), $6,307 (2 Courses)
      • Emory Summer College Session 1: $4,164 (3 Credit Course), $5,527 (4 Credit Course)
      • Emory Summer College Session 2: $4,164 (3 Credit Course), $5,527 (4 Credit Course)
      • $70 Non-refundable Application Fee
      • Financial Aid Available
    • Application Dates
      • Pre-College Noncredit Session A (Onsite) Deadline: June 13, 2022
      • Pre-College Noncredit Session B (Onsite) Deadline: June 27, 2022
      • Pre-College Noncredit Session C (Online) Deadline: July 1, 2022
      • Emory Summer College Session 1 Deadline: May 2, 2022
      • Emory Summer College Session 2 Deadline: June 10, 2022
      • Financial Aid Deadline: May 1, 2022

Harvard Summer School – Pre-College Program And Secondary School Program (SSP) – Harvard University

  • About: Harvard’s Pre-College program is an opportunity for students in high school to take college-level courses on-campus that are non-credit, and emphasize the value of learning for its own sake, and includes extracurricular components. For students interested in earning college credit, the Secondary School Program offers 200 college courses either on-campus or online.2022 Modality: Onsite and Online
    • Program Dates/Details
      • Pre-College Session 1 (Onsite): June 26-July 8, 2022
      • Pre-College Session 2 (Onsite): July 10-22, 2022
      • Pre-College Session 3 (Onsite): July 24-August 5
    • Pre-College Courses
      • SSP Program (Onsite, Online, Or Commuter): June 18-August 6, 2022
    • SSP Courses and Subjects
    • Program Costs
      • Pre-College Program Sessions:  $4,950
      •  $75 Application Fee
      • $100 Health Insurance.
      • SSP Residential: $13,200
      • SSP Commuting & Online (4 Credits): $3,500
      • SSP Commuting & Online (8 Credits): $7,000
      • $75 Application Fee
      • $200 Health Care
      • Financial Aid Available for Both Programs
    • Application Dates
      • Pre-College Regular Decision & Financial Aid Deadline: March 2, 2022
      • Pre-College Late Decision Deadline: March 2-May 11, 2022 (Full Payment Due Upon Registration and Financial Aid Not Available to Late Applicants)
      • SSP Regular Application/Financial Aid Deadline: March 2, 2022
      • SSP Late Application/Rolling Admissions Deadline: May 11, 2022 (Earlier If Full)

Summer At Hopkins – Johns Hopkins University 

  • About: Summer at Hopkins offers a wide variety of academically rigorous programs, both on-campus and online, ranging from 2-10 weeks. Instructors emphasize discovery and discussion, and the coursework is designed for academically advanced high school students.
    • 2022 Modality: Onsite and Online
    • Program Dates/Details
      • Onsite & Online Session 1: June 27-July 8, 2022
      • Onsite & Online Session 2: July 11-July 22, 2022
      • Onsite & Online Session 3: July 25-August 5, 2022
    • Onsite Pre-College Programs and Courses
    • Online Pre-College Programs and Courses
    • Program Costs
      • Onsite Standard Program: $5,512
      • Onsite Advanced Program: $6,063
      • Onsite Commuter Standard Program: $3,935
      • Onsite Commuter Advanced Program: $4,486
      • Online 1-Credit Program: $1,750
      • Online Non-Credit Program: $562
      • Financial Aid Available
    • Application Dates
      • Onsite & Online Session 1 Application Deadline: June 20, 2022
      • Onsite & Online Session 2 Application Deadline: July 1, 2022
      • Onsite & Online Session 3 Application Deadline: July 18, 2022

NYU Precollege – New York University

  • About: NYU Precollege is an opportunity for high school students from all over the globe to experience life on the NYU campus, while choosing from dozens of courses taught by NYU faculty. In addition to classes, students can participate in the College 101 workshop series, which offers training in writing and research at the college level.llege skills.
    • 2022 Modality: Onsite
    • Program Dates/Details
      • July 6-August 17, 2022
    • Courses
    • Program Costs
      • Tuition + Fees 2-Credits: $3,652
      • Tuition + Fees 3-Credits: $5,260
      • Tuition + Fees 4-Credits: $6,868
      • Tuition + Fees 5-Credits: $8,476
      • Tuition + Fees 6-Credits: $10,084
      • Tuition + Fees 7-Credits: $11,692
      • Tuition + Fees 8-Credits: $13,300
      • Scholarships Are Available
    • Application Dates
      • Priority Deadline for Summer Housing: March 15, 2022
      • International Student Deadline: March 15, 2022
      • Scholarship Application Deadline: April 1, 2022
      • Final Deadline (U.S. Students): June 24, 2022

Pre-College – Northwestern University 

  • About: Rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors can attend college-level seminars with a focus on discussions, readings and study, while receiving an official Northwestern Transcript. Additionally, college credit courses are available for high school rising juniors and seniors, and feature options both on-campus and online.
    • 2022 Modality: Onsite and Online
    • Program Dates/Details
      • College Prep Onsite (IN FOCUS) Session 1: June 20-July 1, 2022
      • College Prep Onsite (IN FOCUS) Session 2: July 4-15, 2022
      • College Prep Onsite (IN FOCUS) Session 3: July 18-29, 2022
      • College Prep Onsite (IN FOCUS) Session 4: August 1-12, 2022
      • College Prep Onsite (IN FOCUS) Seminar Courses
      • College Prep Online (E-FOCUS): July 11-22, 2022
      • College Prep Online (E-FOCUS) Seminar Courses
    • Program Costs
      • IN FOCUS Residential Tuition & Fees: $4,300
      • IN FOCUS Commuter Tuition & Fees: $3,100
      • E-FOCUS Tuition: $1,850
      • $60 Application Fee (May Be Waived Up to March 1, 2022)
      • Application Dates
      • IN FOCUS/E-FOCUS Early Application Deadline: April 1, 2022
      • IN FOCUS/E-FOCUS International Student Deadline: April 1, 2022
      • IN FOCUS/E-FOCUS Application Deadline: April 29, 2022
    • Application Fee Waiver Deadline: March 1, 2022

Penn Summer – University of Pennsylvania

  • About: The summer program at Penn provides talented high school students the opportunity to experience an Ivy League curriculum, while directly engaging with leading faculty. Penn summer programs offer two, three or six-week options. Students currently in 9th-11th grade are encouraged to dive deeply into research in academic areas of their interest.
    • 2022 Modality: Onsite and Online
    • Program Dates/Details
      • Penn Summer College Prep (Onsite) Session 1: July 4-16, 2022
      • Penn Summer College Prep (Onsite) Session 2: July 18-30, 2022
      • Penn Summer Academics (Onsite): July 10-30, 2022
      • Pre-College Program (Onsite or Online): June 28-August 6, 2022
    • Programs Costs
      • Penn Summer College Prep Session Tuition: $5,700
      • Penn Summer Academics Tuition: $9,700
      • 2022 Pre-College Program Tuition
      • Residential: $13,246-$21,115 Based on Number Of Course Units
      • Online: $7,846-$10,676 Based on Number Of Course Units
      • $75 Application Fee
      • Scholarship Available to Philadelphia Residents
    • Application Dates
      • Penn Summer College Prep International Student Deadline: April 1, 2022
      • Penn Summer College Prep Domestic Student Deadline: May 1, 2022
      • Penn Summer Academies International Student Deadline: April 1, 2022
      • Penn Summer Academies Domestic Student Deadline: May 1, 2022
      • Pre-College Program International Student Deadline: April 1, 2022
      • Pre-College Program Domestic Student Deadline: May 1, 2022

RISD Pre-College – Rhode Island School of Design 

  • About: A college-level curriculum featuring day-long studio classes, visits to the RISD Museum, and final projects that challenge students to think critically about art and design. This is an opportunity for students to build their portfolio, while studying with award-winning instructors.
    • 2022 Modality: Onsite
    • Program Dates/Details
      • Residential Summer Immersive: June 25-August 5, 2022
    • Program Costs
      • Residential Program: $10,850
      • Commuter Program: $7,825
      • Application Fee (Non-Refundable): $60
    • Application Dates
      • Online Application Opens: November 9, 2021
      • Scholarship Application Deadline: February 1, 2022
      • Payment In Full Due: May 2, 2022

Summer Session – Stanford University

  • About: The Stanford Summer Session combines coursework for college credit and an array of extracurricular activities to experience life on the Stanford campus. The program is designed for high-achieving students, and aims to foster a culture of innovation, academic excellence, and global responsibility.
    • 2022 Modality: Onsite
    • Program Dates/Details
      • June 18-August 14, 2022
    • Course List
    • Program Costs
      • Commuter Costs Start At $4,926
      • Residential Costs Start At $15,875
      • Cost Calculator
      • Application Fee: $95
    • Application Dates
      • Rolling Admission
      • Application Open Date: January 11, 2022
      • Submission Deadline: June 1, 2022
      • Decision Release Date: June 6, 2022
      • Acceptance Completion Deadline: June 13, 2022

Pre-College – University of Notre Dame 

  • About: High school participants choose between 23 programs of study and take courses from Notre Dame faculty over an intensive two week program. Motivated students can earn transferable college credit, and the program is designed for students to collaborate on coursework outside of the classroom, to provide a genuine college experience.
    • 2022 Modality: Onsite
    • Program Dates/Details
      • June 25-July 9, 2022
    • Program Costs
      • Tuition & Housing Fees: $4,250
      • $300 Enrollment Fee
      • $60 Application Fee
      • Limited Need-Based Scholarships Are Available
    • Application Dates
      • Financial Aid Request Form Deadline: February 14, 2022
      • Application Deadline: February 21, 2022
      • Standardized Test Scores Due: February 28, 2022

UCLA Pre College Summer Institutes- University of California at Los Angeles 

  • About: The UCLA Summer Institutes provide co-curricular components and hands-on projects, as well as field visits and guest lecturers. Students from around the world experience immersive study in the subject of their choice, and incorporate real-world experience into their studies with these summer sessions.
    • 2022 Modality: Onsite
    • Program Dates/Details
    • Program Costs
      • Applications Of Nanoscience Program Fee: $2,500 (Additional $1,521 For Housing and Additional Fees Apply)
      • Computer Science Summer Institute- Intermediate Track Program Fee: TBD
      • Economics Summer Institute Program Fee: $2,100 (Additional $2,340 For Housing and Additional Fees Apply)
      • International Development Summer Institute Program Fee: $2,095 (Additional $1,404 For Housing and Additional Fees Apply)
    • Application Dates
      • Online Registration for All Institutes Open February 15, 2022

Vanderbilt Summer Academy – Vanderbilt University 

  • About: VSA courses are accelerated to meet the needs of academically advanced students, and combine intense coursework with a community-driven residential experience on the Vanderbilt campus. Students are also provided with a variety of evening activities and extracurricular opportunities, allowing participants to engage with each other and the community outside of the classroom.
    • 2022 Modality: Onsite
    • Program Dates/Details
      • Rising 9th & 10th Grade Program: June 20-July 1, 2022
      • Rising 11th & 12th Grade Program (1 Wk.): June 26-July 2, 2022
      • Rising 11th & 12th Grade Program (2 Wks.): July 10-22, 2022
    • Courses
    • Program Costs
      • Rising 9th & 10th Grade Program Tuition: $3,500
      • Rising 11th & 12th Grade Program (1 Wk.) Tuition: $1,875
      • Rising 11th & 12th Grade Program (2 Wks.) Tuition: $3,500
      • Application Fees: $50 (Domestic), $100 (International)
    • Application Dates
      • Rolling Admissions for Open Spots Begins January 14, 2022
      • Rolling Admissions Continues After March 15, 2002, If Spots Remain

Yale Summer Session for Pre-College Students – Yale University 

  • About: The Yale Summer Session is a broad summer scholars program that brings together students from across the world who have completed their junior or senior year of high school. Participants take courses either on-campus or online, as well as offering young writers a chance to hone their craft at the Yale Writer’s Workshop. Courses can be taken for college credit or noncredit, and there are numerous certificate programs for international students.
    • 2022 Modality: Onsite and Online
    • Programs Dates/Details
      • Session A: May 30-July 1, 2022
      • Session B: July 4-August 5, 2022
    • Program Costs
      • 1 Course Credit (4 Semester Credit Hours): $4,650
      • 1.5-Credit Foreign Language Courses: $4,650
      • 0.5-Credit Science Laboratory: $2,325
      • 2-Credit Course: $9,100
      • $75 Non-refundable Application Fee
      • Need-Based Funding Available
    • Application Dates
      • Session A In-Person (Domestic): April 30, 2022
      • Session A Online (Domestic): May 4, 2022
      • Session B In-Person (Domestic): June 3, 2022
      • Session B Online (Domestic): June 8, 2022
      • Session A In-Person (International): April 4, 2022
      • Session A Online (International): May 4, 2022
      • Session B In-Person (International): May 9, 2022
      • Session B Online (International): June 8, 2022

9 Highly Selective Academic or Research Programs for High School Students

In addition to programs already discussed, the below list of programs is highly respected among college admissions and offers students the opportunity to build their college resume in meaningful ways.

Join a Research Project, Land a Research Internship, Earn College Credit, and More!

Pioneer Research Program – Pioneer Academics

  • About: Pioneer offers real-world, online research opportunities for high school students where we match students with existing research projects in a variety of disciplines. Learn research skills and conduct research in fields like computer science, biomedical research, technology research, stem cell research, medical research, and more. Develop your research training experience while working directly with faculty mentors and leading scientists from top U.S. universities.
    • 2022 Modality: Online
    • Program Dates/Details
      • June-August (Some Students May Extend to September)
      • Weekly Groups Seminars Followed by Individual Research Mentoring
    • Information Sessions
    • Program Costs
      • Tuition: $6,450
      • Need-Based Scholarships Are Available
    • Application Dates
      • Currently Accepting Applications for The Summer 2022 Program
      • April 10, 2022

Telluride Association (Taos/Tass/Tasp) 

  • About: A six-week educational experience for high school sophomores and juniors, offering programs either in Critical Black Studies or Anti-Oppressive Studies. Seminars will be hosted at different universities and follow a discussion-based seminar model, focused on developing critical reading and writing skills, while exploring the principles of democratic community living.
    • 2022 Modality: Onsite
    • Program Dates/Details: TASS will be hosted at Cornell University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Maryland in summer 2022. One TASS-AOS seminar and one TASS-CBS seminar will be offered at each program location.
    • Program Costs: No Public Details Found
    • Application Dates
      • January 5, 2022

Research Science Institute (Rsi)

  • About: After participating in a week of intensive STEM classes, RSI scholars begin a 5-week research internship program conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where students conduct individual research projects under the guidance of leading scientists and researchers. The internship concludes with written and oral presentations on their research projects.
    • 2022 Modality: Onsite
    • Program Dates/Details
      • Research Science Institute: June 26-August 6, 2022
      • M.I.T. Campus
    • Program Costs
      • Cost-Free To Students
      • $30 Application Fee
    • Application Dates
      • U.S. Applications For 2022 Are Closed
      • International Applications Are Open Until February 11, 2022

The Summer Science Program (SSP) 

  • About: High school juniors, and a limited number of sophomores, work in teams of three to complete a real hands-on research project, compiling and analyzing original data. Over the course of 39 days, each team will conduct research, test their theories, and analyze original data that pushes students out of their comfort zone.
    • 2022 Modality: Onsite
    • Programs Dates/Details
      • Astrophysics, Unc Chapel Hill, June 12-July 20
      • Astrophysics, Univ. Of Colorado, June 19-July 27
      • Astrophysics, New Mexico Tech, June 19-July 27
      • Biochemistry, Indiana University, June 12-July 20
      • Biochemistry, Purdue University, June 19-July 27
      • Genomics, Purdue University, June 19-July 27
    • Program Costs
    • Application Dates
      • International Applicants: January 28, 2022
      • U.S. Students: February 25, 2022

Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology Summer Institute (M&Tsi) – Wharton, University of Pennsylvania 

  • About: a rigorous and rewarding for-credit summer program for rising high school seniors and a select number of rising high school juniors interested in exploring the integration of technological concepts and management principles. Students will build and present a prototype and go-to-market plan for their own high-tech venture, and receive feedback from Penn faculty, as well as experienced entrepreneurs.
    • 2022 Modality: Onsite
    • Program Dates/Details
      • July 10-30, 2022
    • Program Costs
      • $9,000 Onsite Program Fee
      • $100 Non-Refundable Application Fee
      • Financial Aid Available
    • Application Dates
      • Priority Deadline: February 1, 2022
      • Final Application Deadline: April 1, 2022

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) 

  • About: The CTY at Johns Hopkins is open to high school students in grades 9-12 who are either math/science or writing/humanities qualifiers, and offers high-level coursework in a variety of subjects. The onsite program also incorporates extracurricular activities and community events, and is available at locations across the U.S.
    • 2022 Modality: Onsite/Online
    • Program Dates/Details
      • On-campus: June 26 -August 5 (2 Sessions)
      • Online: Variable depending on course
    • Full course offerings for on-campus programs can be found here and online programs here.
    • On-Campus Program Costs
      • Residential Cost: $5,775
      • Commuter Cost: $4,619
    • Application Dates
      • Summer 2022 Regular On-campus Registration Deadline (Both Sessions): April 8, 2022. A $25 Late Fee Will Be Charged for Applications Received After April 8
      • On-Campus Late Deadline Session One: June 10, 2022
      • On-Campus: Late Deadline Session Two: July 1, 2022
      • Online: Variable depending on course

Northwestern Center for Talent Development (CTD)

  • About: CTD offers the opportunity for students in grades 6-12 to engage in critical and creative problem solving as they grapple with advanced concepts in subjects from math and science to writing and technology. Participants are encouraged to explore possible career paths based on their interests, and are supported by master instructors, community partners, and industry experts.
    • 2022 Modality: Onsite
    • Program Dates/Details
      • Summer Session 1: June 26-July 15, 2022
      • Summer Session 2: July 17-August 5, 2022
    • Courses
    • Program Costs
      • Residential Camp: $4,425 or $5,150 (Partnership Tuition)
      • Day Camp: $2,485 Or $3,210 (Partnership Tuition)
      • Financial Aid Is Available for Qualified Students
    • Application Dates
      • Session 1 Application Deadline: June 20, 2022
      • Session 2 Application Deadline: July 11, 2022
      • Applications Submitted After June 1, 2022, Must Be Accompanied by Full Tuition Payment

Yale Young Global Scholars Program (YYGS) – Yale University

  • About: At Yale, high school students can experience globally diverse summer programs in either STEM, social sciences, humanities, or cross-disciplinary tracks. The curriculum is designed to be highly collaborative, exposing students to innovative topics, while facilitating student discussions shaped by international perspectives.
    • 2022 Modality: Online
    • Program Dates/Details
      • Session 1: June 21-July 3, 2022
      • Session 2: July 5-July 17, 2022
      • Session 3: July 19-July 31, 2022

Davidson Institute Fellows Scholarship

  • About: Davidson Fellows scholarships recognize gifted students from 16-18 years old for completing a significant piece of work that has the potential to make a positive contribution to society in a variety of academic disciplines, including science, technology, mathematics, music, literature, philosophy, and other college graduate-level work considered outside-the-box. Fellow Laureates are awarded $50,000 scholarships, and Davidson Fellows are awarded either a $25,000 or $10,000 scholarship.
    • Eligibility: U.S. citizens or permanent residents
    • Program Dates/Details
      • THE 2022 DAVIDSON INSTITUTE FELLOWS SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS PASSED

18 Other Reputable Academic or Research Programs for High School Students:

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM)- Summer Accelerator 

  • About: Courses for 10th-12th graders are conducted over three weeks: two weeks virtually at the student’s own pace, and the third week onsite, either on the Durham or Morganton campus. The third week of each course takes place on campus as they conduct research and complete challenging coursework. Students select college level courses based on their interests, and there is a heavy emphasis on advanced research methods.
    • 2022 Modality: Online and Hybrid
    • Program Dates/Details
      • Storytelling And Persuading Using Data (Online): June 13-July 1
      • Meaningful Maps: An Introduction to GIS (Online): June 27-July 15
      • Epidemiology & Public Health (Hybrid): June 13-July 1
      • Quantum To Cosmos (Hybrid): June 13-July 1
      • Neuroscience Research Methods (Hybrid): June 27-July 15
      • Neuroscience Research Methods (Hybrid): July 5-July 22
      • Using Genomics to Cure Disease, Prevent Extinctions, And Understand Evolution (Hybrid): July 5-July 22
      • Epidemiology: Understanding the Spread of Diseases (Hybrid): July 11-July 29
      • Race, Ethnicity, And Science Identity (Hybrid): July 11-July 29
      • Using Genomics to Cure Disease, Prevent Extinctions, And Understand Evolution (Hybrid): July 11-July 29
    • Online Courses
    • Residential (Hybrid) Courses
    • Program Costs
      • Online: $695
      • Residential (Hybrid): $1,925
      • No Application Fees
    • Application Dates
      • Admissions Are Made on A Rolling Basis
      • Applications Are Reviewed, and Admissions Decisions Are Made Once Per Month
      • Applications Opened 12/8/21 And Will Remain Open Until All Spots Are Filled
      • Students Are Encouraged to Apply as Early as Possible

Program In Mathematics for Young Scientists (PROMYS)

  • About: PROMYS is a six-week on-campus program held at the University of Boston, with approximately 80 high school students and 25 undergraduate counselors. Students explore advanced concepts in mathematics, attending daily lectures on Number Theory, and also participate in an advanced seminar on a specific mathematical topic.
    • 2022 Modality: Onsite
    • Program Dates/Details
      • July 3-August 13, 2022
      • Reqs: At Least 14 Years Old, Completed 9th Grade, Not Enrolled in College
      • Held On the Campus of Boston University
    • Program Costs
      • $5,500 for the Six-Week Residential Program
      • Financial Aid Available
      • Program Is Free for Domestic Students Whose Families Make Under $60,000 Per Year
      • Financial Aid for International Students Is Considered on A Case-By-Case Basis
      • Students In India Can Apply for A Mehta Fellowship, and Students in China Can Apply for A Yongren Fellowship (Both Cover the Full Cost Of Participation)
    • Application Dates
      • Application Deadline: March 15, 2022
      • Admissions Decisions: Mid-May 2022

Mathily

  • About: The Mathily program is an intensive summer break residential summer program designed for students with a strong interest in mathematics, and who are creative and enthusiastic in their approaches to learning. Designed for high schoolers with a talent for mathematics, and will offer undergraduate and graduate-level courses. The core of the curriculum is discrete mathematics, with additional topics determined partly by the interests and direction of the class. Each class is taught in an entirely interactive way, and will include independent and collaborative problem solving.
    • 2022 Modality: Location (Online or Onsite) To Be Determined
    • Program Dates/Details
      • Summer 2022, 5 Weeks Including July
      • Exact Dates to Be Determined
    • Program Costs
      • In-Person Fee: $4950 ($990/Week)
      • Online Fee: $2150 ($430/Week)
      • Financial Aid Available Based on Need
      • Full Fee (Minus Any Aid Received) Is Due by June 1, 2022
    • Application Dates
      • Applications Received Before April 26, 2022, Will Receive Full Consideration
      • After April 26, Applications Will Be Reviewed If There Is Space Available

Prove It! Math Academy

  • About: The purpose of the Prove It! Math Academy is to provide curriculum and course material that introduces students to mathematical proof in a creative, problem-solving context. Students are instructed by leading experts in the field, and are provided with information about scholarships, contests, and college admissions to help further their advancement in mathematics. Are you ready to challenge your prior knowledge of mathematics? While other programs focus on just problem-solving, their curriculum bridges the gap between calculations and proofs.
    • 2022 Modality: The Prove It! Math Academy Summer Program Will Not Be Offered In 2022

Summer Immersion – Columbia University

  • About: Participants select from over 40 course options for an in-depth examination of a specific subject area. Taught by Columbia instructors, students meet online Monday-Friday and engage in class discussions, debates, simulations, and both individual and group projects. The program also offers extracurricular activities, including college preparedness programming, community outreach, and special lectures. Prepare for the college application process through specially designed programs. Earn a Columbia University Certification of Participation and evaluation letter.
    • 2022 Modality: Online
    • Program Dates/Details
    • Session 1: July 5-15, 2022
    • Session 2: July 18-29, 2022
    • Session 3: August 1-5, 2022
    • Program Costs
      • 2 Week Courses (Sessions 1&2): $3,975
      • 1 Week Course (Session 3): $2,810
      • For All Sessions There Is a Nonrefundable $80 Application Fee
      • Individual Applications for Financial Aid Are Not Available
    • Application Dates
      • Early Registration Deadline: February 3, 2022
      • Application Deadline: March 31, 2022
      • Courses Frequently Fill Up Before the Application Deadline, So Students Are Encouraged to Apply as Early as Possible

Awesomemath Summer Program 

  • About: Awesomemath is an intensive three-week online program for gifted students from around the globe designed for middle and high school students who wish to sharpen their problem-solving skills and further their mathematics education. Students select their courses, and are encouraged to seek to improve their test scores or performance on contests such as AMC10/12, AIME, or USA(J)MO.
    • 2022 Modality: Online
    • Program Dates/Details
      • Session 1: June 6-June 24, 2022
      • Session 2: June 27-July 15, 2022
      • Session 3: July 18-August 5, 2022
    • Course Catalog
    • Program Costs
    • Application Dates
      • No Hard Deadline

Perry Research Scholars Institute – University of Iowa 

  • About: PRSI is a program available to 9th and 10th graders interested in learning about research methods and developing their research skills. Students will hear from researchers about their work and discuss the research they have published, as well as visit state-of-the-art research facilities. Research from a wide range of disciplines will be represented.
    • 2022 Modality: Onsite
    • Program Dates/Details
      • July 10-22, 2022
      • For Students Currently In 9th Or 10th Grade
    • Program Costs
      • Tuition: $2700
      • HOWEVER, Each Student Selected Will Receive a Perry Scholarship Which Covers $1500 Of the Institute’s Costs
      • The Remaining Program Fee Is $1200
      • Limited Financial Aid Funds Are Available
    • Application Dates
      • Application Opens: February 21, 2022
      • Application Closes: March 24, 2022 (11:59pm CST)
      • Acceptance Status Notification: April 1, 2022 (5:00pm CST)

Summer Art Residency – University of Iowa 

  • The Summer Art Residency offers students the opportunity to explore their passion for art in an immersive three week residency on one of the premier art campuses in the US. The program consists of demonstrations, workshops, critiques, and studio time involving a range of expressive opportunities. At the end of the three-week program, you will showcase your creations to your peers, teachers, and the public in a final presentation.
    • 2022 Modality: Onsite
    • Program Dates/Details
      • July 10-29, 2022
    • Program Costs
      • Total Program Fee: $4,050
      • Financial Aid Is Available
    • Application Dates
      • Preference Will Be Given to Application Materials Submitted Online by March 1, 2022

Summer Writing Residency – University of Iowa 

  • About: learning from world-class faculty on one of the premier writing campuses in the country, home to the famed Iowa Writers Workshop. During the program, you will participate in classes, attend lectures, workshops, evening tours, and events and showcase your work to your peers, teachers, and the public in a final presentation.
    • 2022 Modality: Onsite and Online
    • Program Dates/Details
      • Online: July 11-July 29, 2022
      • Onsite: July 10-July 29, 2022
    • Program Costs
      • Online Program Fee: $2,200
      • Onsite Program Fee: $4,050
      • Financial Aid Is Available
    • Application Dates
      • Preference Will Be Given to Application Materials Submitted Online by March 1, 2022

Secondary Student Training Program – University of Iowa 

  • About: The SSTP is a research-focused program for high schoolers in grades 10-11 with advanced academic qualifications. Students will conduct independent research under the mentorship of world-class faculty from a research-intensive university.
    • 2022 Modality: Onsite and Online
    • Program Dates/Details
      • Online: June 20-July 28, 2022
      • Onsite: June 22-July 29, 2022
    • Program Costs
      • Online Program Fee: $4,500
      • Onsite Program Fee: $7,500
      • Nonrefundable Application Fee Of $95
      • Financial Aid Is Available
    • Application Dates
      • Application Deadline: February 18, 2022, By 11:59pm Central

Canada/USA Mathcamp – Mathematics Foundation of America

  • About: Mathcamp is an intensive 5-week-long summer program for mathematically talented high school students, exploring undergraduate and graduate-level topics. Students will learn how to build their problem-solving skills and will be exposed to new ways of thinking about mathematics. Program participants will design their own schedules and select classes based on their interests.
    • 2022 Modality: Onsite
    • Program Dates/Details
      • July 3-August 7, 2022
      • Colby College Campus
    • Program Costs
      • Program Fee Ranges From $0 To $4,500, Depending on Financial Aid
      • Mathcamp Is Free for U.S. And Canadian Families with Household Incomes Under $65,000
      • Need-Based Financial Aid Is Widely Available for Middle-Income Families
      • More On Tuition
    • Application Dates
      • Deadline For Application for Admission: March 10, 2022
      • Deadline For Financial Aid Application: March 10, 2022
      • Admissions And Financial Aid Decisions Announced: April 14, 2022
      • Deadline For Admitted Students to Register: May 15, 2022

Expand Your Mind – Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth – Expand Your Mind

  • About: Designed for rising 8th-12th grade students, Expand Your Mind participants take one class per session, allowing deep exploration into a specific topic of interest. Classes are limited to 16 students to ensure individualized attention, and students can choose from over 30 unique course offerings.
    • 2022 Modality: Onsite
    • Program Dates/Details
      • Session A: June 20-July 1, 2022
      • Session B: July 11-22, 2022
      • Macalester College Campus
    • Program Costs
      • Commuter: $825 Per Session
      • Residential: $2,075 Per Session
      • International: $2,595 Per Session
      • Financial Aid Is Available
    • Application Deadlines
      • Applications Available Starting in January 2022
      • April 15: Financial Aid Offers Extended
      • MITY Accepts Applications on A Rolling Basis

Summer Science & Engineering Program – Smith College 

  • About: The SSEP is designed for exceptional high school students with strong interests in science and engineering. Participants engage in hands-on research with Smith faculty in the life and physical sciences, as well as in engineering. The program is designed to prepare students for future advanced science courses and have a better understanding for college-level courses.
    • 2022 Modality: Onsite
    • Program Dates/Details
      • July 9-August 6, 2022
    • Program Costs
      • Full Program Fee: $7,298 (Includes $1460 Nonrefundable Deposit)
      • Financial Aid Available for A Limited Number of Students
      • Application Fees: $50, Increases To $100 April 15, 2022
    • Application Dates
      • 2022 Program Application Opens January 10, 2022
      • Priority Application Deadline: March 1, 2022
      • Financial Aid Deadline: March 20, 2022
      • Final Program Payments Due: May 15, 2022

Stanford University Mathematics Camp 

  • About: Stanford summer courses focus on pure mathematics, independent of other sciences, and students are offered two distinct academic tracks. In addition to working with world-class mathematical instructors, participants engage with Stanford graduate students who serve as teaching assistants, and attend virtual guest lectures from esteemed mathematicians.
    • 2022 Modality: Online
    • Program Dates/Details
      • Session One Dates: June 20-July 8, 2022
      • Session Two Dates: July 18-August 5, 2022
      • Session One Has Two Program Options: 1) Abstract Algebra & Number Theory And 2) Algebraic Topology
      • Session Two Only Offers Program 1) Abstract Algebra & Number Theory
    • Program Costs
      • Tuition: $3,250
      • Some Courses May Require Students to Additional Materials Such as Textbooks or Course Readers (Not to Exceed $100)
      • Financial Aid Is Granted Based on Demonstrated Need
      • $65 Application Fee
    • Application Dates
      • Application Deadline: March 15, 2022
      • Financial Aid Deadline: March 15, 2022
      • Admissions Notification: May 2022

Honors Summer Math Camp: Mathworks  – Texas State University 

  • About: Honors Summer Math Camp is an exclusively on-campus opportunity for students to develop skills for future degrees in math, science, engineering, and other related fields. The program aims to develop problem-solving and research skills, and students who have completed the first year program and return have the opportunity to conduct original math research projects that may be submitted to various contests and journals.
    • 2022 Modality: Onsite
    • Program Dates/Details
      • June 19-July 30, 2022
    • Program Costs
      • Tuition Fee: $4,800
      • Application Dates
      • Application Deadline: April 15, 2022
      • Admissions Are Conducted on A Rolling Basis and The Program Often Fills Up Before the Deadline

The Anson L. Clark Scholars Program – Texas Tech University 

  • About: The Anson L. Clark Scholars Program is an intensive seven-week summer research program for twelve highly qualified high school juniors and seniors that is unique in that it is open to students interested in a variety of academic disciplines, ranging from STEM courses, the humanities, and fine arts. The research intensive program includes weekly seminars, group discussions, and field trips, as well as access to the Health Science Center.
    • 2022 Modality: Onsite
    • Program Dates/Details
      • June 20-August 3, 2022
      • NOTE: Students Must Be At Least 17 Years of Age by The Program Start Date, And Should Graduate In 2022 Or 2023 (No Exceptions)
    • Research Areas
    • Program Costs
      • No Program Fees
      • Scholars Receive A $500 Meal Card and Room and Board Will Be Provided
      • Upon Completion of a Successful Project Report, The Scholar Will Receive A $750 Tax-Free Stipend
    • Application Dates
      • Application Deadline: February 16, 2022, At 11:59pm (Central Time)

Summer Institute for The Gifted 

  • About: SIG offers summer programs for gifted middle school and high school students in over 60 multi-curricular, arts, and recreational courses. Sessions are offered throughout the summer on multiple college campuses, and SIG places an emphasis on creative thinking across multiple disciplines.
    • 2022 Modality: Onsite
    • Program Dates/Details
      • SIG At Bryn Mawr College (High School Residential): June 26-July 15
      • SIG At Emory University (Residential): June 19-July 8
      • SIG At UCLA #1 (Residential): June 26-July 15
      • SIG At UCLA #2 (Residential): July 17- August 5
      • SIG At UC Berkeley (Residential): July 3-July 22
      • SIG At University of Miami (Residential): July 10-July 22
      • SIG At University of Michigan #1 (Residential): June 26-July 15
      • SIG At University of Michigan #2 (Residential): July 17-July 29
      • SIG At Yale University (Residential): July 3-July 22
    • Courses
    • Programs
    • Program Costs
      • SIG At Bryn Mawr College (High School Residential): $6,799
      • SIG At Emory University (Residential): $6,499
      • SIG At UCLA #1 (Residential): $6,999
      • SIG At UCLA #2 (Residential): $6,999
      • SIG At UC Berkeley (Residential): $7,399
      • SIG At University of Miami (Residential): $5,799
      • SIG At University of Michigan #1 (Residential): $6,799
      • SIG At University of Michigan #2 (Residential): $5,799
      • SIG At Yale University (Residential): $7,699
      • $100 Application Fee
      • Student Academic Fee $150 Upon Enrollment
    • Application Dates
      • Deadline: March 1, 2022

Wesleyan Summer Gifted Program – West Virginia Wesleyan College 

  • About: At Wesleyan, students can experience a summer program offering courses in mathematics, physics, computer science, creative writing, history, and environmental science. With an overarching goal of increasing verbal skills, the program emphasizes in-class discussion, use of library resources, oral presentations, and written essays. Instead of receiving grades, students receive feedback in the form of detailed written comments and informal conferences with parents at the end of the program.

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