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Top 10 STEM Summer Programs for High School Students

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Updated: February 6th, 2024
Top 10 STEM Summer Programs for High School Students

If you are a high school student interested in participating in a STEM summer camp, then you have come to the right place. At Scholarships360, we believe that it is never too early to start working towards your career goals, which is while we have compiled a list of some of the best STEM summer camps for high school students. Let’s dive in!

What is STEM?

STEM is an acronym that stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Different college campuses may have different definitions of what classes fall under the STEM umbrella. 

What is a STEM summer program?

Summer programs are a great opportunity for high school students to immerse themselves in their future field of choice. Sometimes, such programs help realize that they want to pursue a different career path. Ultimately, STEM summer camps and programs can be a great experience for students who want to further their education (and, partaking in STEM programs look great on college applications as well!). 

Why we chose these summer programs

The programs that we chose are just a small handful of the STEM summer camps out there. We chose these because they are some of the best, some of the most affordable, and what will be the most beneficial for high school students to participate in. 

Note about application deadlines and camp open and close dates

If available, we included the deadlines for applying and the opening and closing dates for the following STEM camps. At present, some applications are not yet open and run dates are not yet available. Make sure to keep checking the links so that you are prepared to apply as soon as that option is available! 

STEM summer camps

1. SEASCape: Ocean Studies on the Cape

SEASCape: Ocean Studies on the Cape is a two-week at Sea Education Association giving high school students the opportunity to explore coastal and offshore marine environments around Cape Cod. The program is divided into two main themes, “Introduction to Oceanography” and “Oceans and Society”. The program is taught through a variety of channels, both lecture style and hands-on learning. 

  • Eligibility: Must be a high school junior
  • Cost: $5,550
  • Application deadline: March 1, 2024
  • Camp dates
    • Session 1: 
      • June 24 – July 12, 2024
    • Session 2: 
      • July 22 – August 9, 2024
  • Location: Woods Hole, MA

2. Stanford University Mathematics Camp

The Stanford University Mathematics Camp, or SUMaC, is an online mathematics camp made for high school students who have a passion for problem solving. In this three-week course, students will have the opportunity to learn more about math than what is traditionally taught in a high school classroom, and to build a network of fellow math lovers. 

  • Eligibility: High school sophomores or juniors
  • Cost: $3,250
  • Application deadline: February 1, 2024
  • Camp dates
    • Session One: Online
      • June 17, 2024 – July 5, 2024
    • Session One: Residential
      • June 23, 2024 – July 19, 2024
    • Session Two: Online
      • July 8, 2024 – July 26, 2024
  • Location: Online and Redwood City, California

3. Michigan State High School Honors Math, Science, and Engineering Program

The Michigan State High School Honors Math, Science, and Engineering Program (HSHSP) is the oldest STEM summer program of its kind. This seven-week research program provides high schoolers with the opportunity to get a taste of campus life while researching topics that interest them. The goal of the Michigan State program is to show students what research is like on a collegiate level. 

  • Eligibility: Rising high school seniors
  • Cost: $4,000
  • Application deadline: March 1, 2024
  • Camp dates: June 16, 2024 – August 13, 2024
  • Location: East Lansing, Michigan

4. The Jackson Laboratory Summer Student Program

The Jackson Laboratory Summer Student Program is a 10-week program created for students interested in learning more about genetics and genomic research. With this program, students will receive a scientific mentor and prepare a research project to present at the end of the summer. A stipend of $6,250 plus room, board, and travel will be provided to all students. 

  • Eligibility: Recently graduated high school seniors
  • Cost: Free, and they pay you!
  • Application deadline: January 29, 2024, 11:59 p.m. EST
  • Camp dates: June 1, 2024 – August 10, 2024
  • Location: Bar Harbor, Maine

5. Simons Summer Research Program

The Simmons Summer Research Program is a seven week program located at Stony Brook University. In this program, students will have the opportunity to participate in special workshops, tours and events. They will conclude the program by producing a written research abstract and research poster. There are two separate applications, one for commuter students and one for remote. 

  • Eligibility: Applicants must be in their junior year of high school
  • Cost: Free, transportation and dining not included
  • Application deadline: TBD
  • Camp dates: July 1, 2024 – August 9, 2024
  • Location: Stony Brook, New York

6. RISE Internship / Practicum 

The Research in Science and Engineering (RISE) Internship and Practicum program is a two-track program that is conducted at Boston University every summer. At this program, you will spend six weeks conducting lab research and advancing your skills in the field. For the internship, students will be assigned a research project and mentor, and work 40 hours a week. Students on this track will have the opportunity to choose their research topic from a list of many. For the practicum track, students will conduct group research focused on computational neurobiology. 

  • Eligibility: High school juniors
  • Cost: $8,246 for residential students, $5,370 for commuter students
  • Application deadline: TBD, but application opens December 15, 2023
  • Camp dates: Residential camp runs from June 30, 2024, to August 9, 2024. Commuter camp begins July 1, 2024, and ends August 9, 2024
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts

7. Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists

The Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists, or PROMYS, is a six-week intensive mathematics program designed for students across the globe. The program is held on Boston University’s campus. There are daily “Number Theory” lectures, and a great deal of independence for students to choose their own schedules and decide what they would like to study. In addition to the extensive learning opportunities, there is also “mandatory fun time” built into the weekly schedule so that students are able to have non-math related activities.

  • Eligibility: Students must have completed the 9th grade but not yet be enrolled in college
  • Cost: $5,500
  • Application deadline: March 1, 2024, at 11:59 EDT
  • Camp dates: June 30 – August 10, 2024
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts

8. INSPIRIT AI Scholars Program

The INSPIRIT AI Scholars Program is a series of live, online sessions dedicated to teaching high school students about the importance of AI for social good. They utilize social collaboration, personalized instruction, and a learning portal for instruction. This is beneficial for a variety of career paths, from healthcare to technology. 

  • Eligibility
  • Cost: $1,200
  • Application deadline: February 15, 2024
  • Camp dates: 
    • Weekday Date Options (Monday to Fridays):
      • June 3rd to June 14th
      • June 17th to June 28th
      • July 1st to July 12th
      • July 15th to July 26th
      • July 29th to August 9th
      • August 12th to August 23rd
    • Weekend Date Options (Every Saturday & Sunday):
      • June 8th to July 7th
      • July 13th to August 11th
  • Location: Online

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9. Science Camps of America Overnight Summer Camp

Science Camps of America is an organization that offers various science camp programs to students ages 13-17. The most popular option is the Overnight Summer Science Camp. There are two options for campers– Land and Sea, or Air and Space.  In these hands-on summer camps, students explore all the beauty that Hawai’i has to offer while learning more about the field that they want to go into. 

For students who are too young for some of our other options for STEM summer camps, this is a great possibility!

  • Eligibility: Students entering 8th – 12th grades
  • Cost: $2,695
  • Application deadline: TBD, but applications are now open
  • Camp dates: Land and Sea camp runs from July 1-10, 2024, and Air and Space camp runs from July 11-20, 2024
  • Location: Pahala Plantation Cottages located on the Big Island of Hawai’i in Ka’u 

Also see: Top free summer programs for high school students

10. U.S Naval Academy Summer STEM Program

The Summer STEM Program at the U.S Naval Academy is a great opportunity for students who not only want to go into a STEM field, but also students with an interest in pursuing a career in the Navy. This one-week program focuses on enhancing skills such as problem solving, creativity, and collaboration. The price is all inclusive, including tuition, learning materials, lodging, food, USNA apparel, transportation, and extra treats. 

  • Eligibility: Rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders
  • Cost: $900
  • Application deadline: The application is now open, and close on April 15, 2024
  • Camp dates: 2023 dates: Rising 9th graders: June 3-8, rising 10th graders: June 10-15, and rising 11th graders: June 17 through the 21
  • Location: Annapolis, Maryland

Related: What is ROTC?

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