Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science

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The Summer Academy for Math and Science (SAMS) is a six-week residential program offered at Carnegie Mellon University for rising high school seniors. This highly selective program allows students to engage in comprehensive and rigorous programming aimed to support their academic, social and personal growth. SAMS Scholars develop depth and breadth in STEM-related disciplines via classroom instruction, project-based learning and meta-curricular experiences.

The program represents Carnegie Mellon’s commitment to expanding the pool of students from minoritized backgrounds seeking to pursue STEM-related disciplines. Through our intentional programming, we are committed to:

  • Creating a diverse and supportive community of STEM Scholars interested in attending top-tier universities
  • Strengthening students commitment to pursuing STEM-related disciplines
  • Exposing students to world-renowned faculty and campus staff who serve as life-long mentors
  • Supporting students as they engage in a highly innovative, collaborative, and inclusive environment

Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap or disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, ancestry, belief, veteran status, or genetic information. Furthermore, Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate and is required not to discriminate in violation of federal, state, or local laws or executive orders.


SAMS Scholars engage in a rigorous curriculum designed to develop mastery of critical concepts in higher-level collegiate math and science. Students enroll in courses, seminars, hands on projects and professional/academic development workshops taught and supported by faculty and staff who've demonstrated strong commitment to teaching and research. 

Please note that admitted students will take a math assessment test, administered by Carnegie Mellon faculty, to determine course placement. All other offerings are non-credit seminars and students have an opportunity to make their selection prior the start of the program.

Sample courses and seminars:

  • Pre-Calculus, Differential Calculus or Concepts of Mathematics
  • Physics/Chemistry/Biology
  • Computer Programming

Sample projects (over 15 different projects are generally offered):

  • Robotics
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Entertainment Technology

Sample professional/academic development workshops:

  • Standardized test preparation
  • Admission college essay writing
  • Pursuing undergraduate research opportunities
Tuition Waivers & Fees

Students admitted to the Summer Academy of Math and Science will not be charged tuition, housing or dining fees. However, a nonrefundable commitment deposit is required upon acceptance to the program. This deposit will be credited to the students’ account to utilize at their discretion after arrival to campus. Lastly, SAMS Scholars are responsible for books, supplies, transportation and selected recreational expenses.

We have a limited number of scholarships available for transportation and book costs. Requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Applications are made available upon request to the SAMS Office.


To be eligible to apply to the Summer Academy for Math & Science, applicants must be:

  • At least 16 years old
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Rising high school senior
  • Demonstrated interest in STEM-related disciplines
Admission Consideration

The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion, in partnership with the Office of Admission, invite students with competitive academic backgrounds to apply for admission consideration. The program strongly encourages applicants who represent the following:

• Low socioeconomic status, which may be indicated by eligibility for public assistance programs or free/reduced lunch
• Underrepresented ethnic minorities   
• First generation (neither parent completed a bachelor’s degree)
• Attend a rural or inner-city high school with historically low rates of admittance to top-tier institutions

Application Information

Students interested in applying to the Summer Academy for Math and Science will be required to submit/upload the following:

  • Family and student information
  • Academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are welcome for application review, but admitted students will be required to submit official transcripts prior to arriving on campus)
  • Standardized test scores
  • Extracurricular activities resume
  • Two recommendation letters (one must be from a STEM teacher)
  • Five short answer essays, 350 words or less. Four essays are required, the fifth essay is optional
  • Admission decisions will be made within two weeks after a completed application has been received
Program Logistics
  • Check-in day: Saturday, June 29, 2019
  • First day of classes: Monday, July 1, 2019
  • SAMS closeing symposium and last day of classes: Friday, August 9, 2019
    • Parents, family and friends are welcome to attend the symposium. Schedule is to be announced at a later time.