The Quest for Excellence STEM Award gives high-achieving, low-income high school juniors with career interests in the sciences, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics access to residential summer enrichment programs, grants for technology and supplies, funding for college visits, as well as opportunities to engage with industry leaders. These awards are intended to encourage and support students in pursuing and succeeding in a variety of STEM fields in college and beyond. This initiative is made possible through the generosity of several donors.
2018 Summer Programs:
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Longwood Medical, Boston, MA. June 25-July 13, 2018 OR July 16-August 3, 2018
The Boston Leadership Institute’s Biomedical and Surgical Research Program provides students with a tour through different fields of surgery and surgical illnesses. In the laboratory, students first learn how to tie surgical knots as well as suture incisions on models of skin. Students then apply these newly learned skills to mock surgeries which encompass various surgical subspecialties. As an example, students will learn to perform a mock cardiac bypass graft procedure on a real cow heart. The goal is to provide students with the feeling of what it is like to be a surgeon by working with real mammalian organs as well as fetal pig specimens.
Carleton College, Northfield, MN. July 15 - August 3, 2018
The Summer Computer Science Institute (SCSI) at Carleton focuses on understanding how to think about these processes, how to program computers to implement them, and how to apply computer science ideas to real problems of interest. During a 3 week program, SCSI students, faculty, and Carleton undergraduate research assistants will engage in lab-based and classroom-based computing research related to faculty and student interests. Each participant will self-select into a research group consisting of 12 students. The students will take courses and conduct collaborative guided research in small groups guided by SCSI faculty members and Carleton College undergraduate Research Assistants. Students will complete a collaborative guided project which will culminate in a demonstration at the SCSI Research Symposium held at the end of the program.
Cape Eleuthera, Bahamas
Marine Ecology and Sustainable Systems Summer Term, June 27 - July 27, 2018
The Island School Summer Term is a 30-day intensive program focused on questioning what it means to live well in a place. Through a rigorous course of study that includes field work in local ecosystems, explorations of local settlements and the socioeconomic impacts of development, and dynamic involvement in the systems and resources upon which we rely, Summer Term students grapple with how communities –whether on an island in The Bahamas or in a town in the states – can live most sustainably.
Marine Ecology Research Expeditionary Program, June 30 - July 30, 2018
The Island School Expeditionary Summer Term is a 30-day program that centers around a nineteen-day sail from the island of Eleuthera to The Exuma Sound. While on the expedition, students will participate in hands-on research critical to policy and conservation efforts in The Bahamas. While onboard, students will also develop sailing and navigation skills. At the end of the journey, students will present their research projects to the scientific community of The Island School and the Cape Eleuthera Institute.
Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO. June 24 - July 29, 2018
An intensive 5-week-long summer program for mathematically talented high school students, designed to expose these students to the beauty of advanced mathematical ideas and to new ways of thinking. Mathcamp is a vibrant community, made up of a wide variety of people who share a common love of learning and passion for mathematics, where students can explore undergraduate and even graduate-level topics while building problem-solving skills that will help them in any field they choose to study.
Online (students can be in any location with internet access), 12 weeks from early June – early September
The Pioneer Research Program offers college-level research opportunities to exceptional, motivated high school students globally. Selected students work one-on-one with leading professors in cutting-edge study of their interests, culminating in original research and authoritative evaluations from their professors. The Program is conducted entirely online, allowing high school students from all over the world to participate. Students from 22 countries researching more than 20 academic areas have participated in the Program in the past five years.
SSP is an immersion into experimental science, designed to challenge and inspire talented rising seniors from around the world. Working in teams of three, participants complete a research project from beginning to end: either in Astrophysics – near-earth asteroid imaging and orbit determination – or Biochemistry – fungal enzyme inhibition and drug discovery. Each team acquires its own data and performs its own analysis. Field trips and guest speakers round out an intense 39-day schedule.
Philadelphia, PA. July 8 - July 28, 2018
Through this intensive three-week program, students learn how to bring together technological concepts and management principles. Students will learn from leading Wharton faculty, develop plans for high-tech product ideas, and take field trips to companies such as: Morgan Stanley, Radiate Media, and Harlem Biospace.