Smith Precollege Summer Programs: Summer Science and Engineering Program

    Smith Precollege Summer Programs: Summer Science and Engineering Program


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Destination: United States
    • Program Delivery: Residential, Online
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: June, July
    • Session Length: Two Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Girls Only
    • Category: STEM
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $1,500 - $2,999
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    The Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP) is designed for exceptional high school students with strong interests in science and engineering. Engage in hands-on research with Smith faculty in life and physical sciences and in engineering. 

    Established in 1990, the program annually serves more than 100 students. Since its inception, nearly 1,800 students have participated, representing 46 states and 53 countries. After the program, participants return to high school better prepared to tackle tough science courses and understand what to expect in college.

    Central to the summer science program is a learning environment that is rich in role models. SSEP offers hands-on, cooperative, investigative and challenging learning—where students get all of the faculty’s attention as well as the opportunities and encouragement to achieve their best. Smith undergraduate students with science majors also serve as teaching assistants.


    Smith College is among the top-rated liberal arts colleges in the United States and one of the nation’s largest colleges dedicated to educating women. In 1999, Smith became the first women’s college in the nation to establish its own program in engineering science, the Picker Engineering Program.

    Students choose two-week research courses; in these, groups of up to 17 students work alongside Smith faculty members, assisted by undergraduate interns. Informal lectures in the lab and out in the field encourage students to ask research questions, and they learn to conduct actual experiments.

    Past course titles include:
    Your Genes, Your Chromosomes
    Global Young Women's Health
    Food is My Medicine
    Sentinels in the Sky

    Most of the work is carried out as a cooperative team effort, with ample opportunities for individual contributions. SSEP participants learn how scientists and engineers formulate questions, work on sophisticated scientific instruments and develop valuable critical thinking and analytical skills.

    Cost and Session Information

    Stay tuned for Summer 2022 dates!

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