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.
Smith College is among the top-rated liberal arts colleges in the United States and one of the nation’s largest colleges dedicated to the education of 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.
Unlike regular school classes, SSEP research courses emphasize asking questions and learning by doing, not only by listening and watching. 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 laboratory and out in the field encourage students to ask research questions, and they learn to conduct actual experiments.
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 amazingly sophisticated scientific instruments and develop valuable critical thinking and analytical skills.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.
After the program, participants return to high school better prepared to tackle tough science courses and understand what to expect in college.
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“The most valuable experience that I had at the SSEP was getting the chance to participate in labs and use equipment that is not normally available to high school students. It was very eye-opening.”
“I saw that everyone could do science. It was very empowering to see the respect among the students, and to interact with so many different people from all across the world.”
“I loved the lab work, but I especially loved the problem sets they gave us. Working alone and as a team to solve college-level problems was so fun.”