Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science FAQ

Summer Academy for Math and Science

How are students selected to participate in the Summer Academy for Math and Science?

Completed applications are forwarded to the program’s admission committee for review. Admitted students have completed rigorous coursework, have shown strong interest in STEM-related fields via extracurricular activities, and demonstrate leadership potential in and out the classroom.

When will I hear if I've been selected?

Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis beginning January 3, 2019. Selected students will be notified within two weeks via email.

What's the next step once I submit my application online?

Once we receive your completed application, the SAMS admission committee will review it and make an admission determination. Please be sure that you complete the application in its entirety, which includes all the supplemental documents. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

How much does it cost to participate in the Summer Academy for Math and Science?

There will be no tuition, housing or dining fees for students selected to attend the Summer Academy for Math and Science. Students will, however, be responsible for books, supplies, transportation and recreational expenses.

What are the estimated expenses?

In addition to expenses associated with round trip transportation to/from Pittsburgh, students may budget for approximately $300 for books, supplies, an expenses.

Are students required to live on campus?

Yes, the Summer Academy for Math and Science is a residential program.

Who will supervise students in the residence hall?

The residence hall staff consists of two program coordinators, who are recent CMU alumni, and a team of resident assistants who will mentor, advise and support students. The residence halls are monitored 24 hours a day.

Are students allowed to leave campus?

In order to build a strong residential community, we strongly encourage students to limit weekends away from campus. However, if students must be away overnight or for the weekend, an "Absence from Campus Release Form" signed by the parent or guardian, granting permission for the absence, must be completed. Overnight absences during the week when classes and projects are in session will not be permitted. Please keep in mind that admitted students are expected to complete the program in its entirety.

Are students permitted to take additional classes or be employed outside of their Summer Academy for Math and Science schedule?

No, SAMS scholars engage in a rigorous curriculum during the six-week residential experience and therefore additional commitments cannot be supported.

Will there be recreational activities?

The Summer Academy for Math and Science residence life involves much more than just a place to live. Students will do their share of work in the academic portion of the program, but there’s also time for a social life! Our resident hall staff plans a schedule of activities throughout the summer including sightseeing trips in and around Pittsburgh, movies, museum visits, sporting events, amusement parks and theatrical productions.

When should I plan to arrive and depart from campus?

Students are expected to arrive on Saturday, June 29 and depart campus on Saturday, August 10, 2019 by noon.