Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science

Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science

The 2019 Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science application is closed. 

The Summer Academy for Math and Science (SAMS) is a six-week residential summer program at Carnegie Mellon University for minoritized student groups interested in pursuing STEM-related undergraduate majors. The program offers two distinct cohorts for rising seniors and a smaller cohort for rising juniors. Admitted students engage in a rigorous curriculum taught by our world renowned faculty and staff who are deeply committed to student success. Selected students have an opportunity to choose from two different academic tracks; Science and Engineering, and Computer Science. Both tracks allow students to develop deeper understanding in areas such as mathematics, physics and computer programming via traditional classroom instruction and hands-on projects.

Through SAMS and other outreach initiatives, the university:

  • Creates a diverse and supportive community of STEM scholars interested in attending top-tier universities
  • Strengthens student commitment to pursuing STEM-related disciplines
  • Exposes students to world-renowned faculty and campus staff who serve as lifelong mentors
  • Supports students as they engage in a highly innovative, collaborative and inclusive environment

Carnegie Mellon is committed to expanding the pool of students from historically underrepresented backgrounds who want to pursue STEM disciplines. The admissions process for SAMS is competitive so students are encouraged to apply early. The preferred deadline is February 15.

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 or junior (limited number accepted)
  • 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, can be unofficial
  • Two recommendation letters (one must be from a STEM teacher)
  • Five short answer essays
  • 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 closing 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.