Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science

Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science

Summer Academy for Math and Science provides high school seniors with a strong interest in computer science, engineering and/or the natural sciences, with the opportunity to achieve essential skills necessary to pursue and complete majors in STEM fields. The Summer Academy curriculum includes seminars and highly collaborative hands-on projects, designed and taught by Carnegie Mellon faculty, outstanding teachers and graduate students, carefully chosen due to their commitment to teaching. Upperclass college students also serve as classroom assistants, tutors and mentors.

The Summer Opportunities for Access & Inclusion Programs invite students with strong academic records, who are U.S. citizens/permanent residents, to apply.

Students with the following backgrounds are invited to apply:

  • Underrepresented minorities
  • Families of low socioeconomic status, which may be indicated by eligibility for public assistance programs or free/reduced lunch programs
  • Potentially first in family to attend college
  • Attendance at rural or inner-city high schools with historically low rates of admittance to top-tier colleges

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.

 

Curriculum

The curriculum focuses on the mastery and execution of critical concepts in higher-level collegiate math and science.

It includes both credit and non-credit seminars and hands on projects designed and taught by Carnegie Mellon faculty, outstanding teachers and graduate students carefully chosen because of their commitment to teaching. Upperclass college students also serve as classroom assistants, tutors and mentors.

Courses:

  • Pre-Calculus, Differential Calculus or Concepts of Mathematics
  • Physics/Chemistry/Biology
  • Computer Programming Seminar
  • Engineering, Computer Science or a Science Project
  • Standardized Test Preparation Seminar
  • Personal and Career Development Workshops

Sample projects include:

  • Robotics
  • Biotechnology
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Entertainment Technology
  • Analysis of Games
Fees

Because of Carnegie Mellon’s commitment to expanding and diversifying the national STEM pipeline, students admitted to the Summer Academy of Math and Science will not be charged tuition, housing or dining fees.

A non-refundable deposit will be due upon admittance but it'll be transferred to your student account  after enrolling to assist with the purchasing of program supplies.

Students will be responsible for books, supplies, transportation and recreational expenses. We have limited scholarship funds to assist financially needy students with travel and textbooks cost.

Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in the Summer Academy, applicants must be:

  • At least 16 years old
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Rising high school senior
Admission Consideration

Admitted students often have a:

  • Passion for science, technology, engineering and math demonstrated through extracurricular activities, essays and letters of recommendation
  • Strong academic record


We strongly encourage students from the following backgrounds to apply:

  • Underrepresented in science and engineering, defined as being African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native American
  • Underserved, defined as coming from low socioeconomic means, which may be indicated by qualification for free/reduced lunch
  • First in family to attend college