Smith College's Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP) is a 4-week program for exceptional young women with strong interests in STEM. Select students from across the country and abroad come to Smith College to do hands-on research with Smith faculty.
Important COVID-19 update Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Smith College on-campus programs have been canceled for the 2020 summer season to ensure the health and safety of our participants and staff. Please visit our website or connect with us on social media (@summeratsmith) to be in touch. We wish you wellness and peace at this time and hope to hear from you during our 2021 application season.
For 29 summers, young women interested in STEM have come to Smith to engage in hands-on, experiential learning with world-class faculty. These young women chose this program because it prepares them to tackle tough STEM courses in high school and ultimately prepares them for undergraduate coursework in college .
Students attend small classes taught by Smith faculty and staff and learn what it’s like to be a working scientist . Central to the SSEP program is a dynamic learning environment that is hands-on, cooperative, investigative, and challenging. Our instructors will ask a lot of you, and they’ll give you plenty of room to grow and discover your interests. From electron microscopy to PCR analysis to electronic design, SSEP courses are rigorous and relevant.
SSEP participants report that they return to high school with more confidence and ability in the sciences. Best of all, this is your chance to get to know other young women—from all over the country and around the world—who are as interested in science as you are. Along with incorporating interactive components and challenging materials, students' experience will earn them a recommendation from a Smith professor to use in their college applications.
Smith College is among the top-rated liberal arts colleges in the United States and one of the nation's largest colleges dedicated solely 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.
Since Smith's precollege summer programs are residential, students get the exciting opportunity to live in one of Smith's unique campus houses. Smith's residential environment enhances and enriches the academic programs. Students will also have access to the dining hall, superb athletic facilities, an art museum, a botanic garden and greenhouse and libraries.
*Young women who will be in high school (grades 9, 10, 11, and 12) in fall 2020 are eligible to apply for the summer 2020 program.
Cost and Session Information
July 5 - August 1, 2020
$50 application fee is due at time of submission. The application fee is $100 after May 1.
2020 Program Tuition
$6,540 (includes $1,275 nonrefundable deposit, and all program materials and activities)
Financial payments for all programs is due by May 15. If you are accepted into the program after May 15, full payment is due immediately. Program Payments are nonrefundable after May 15.
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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.”