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If you are entering your junior or senior year of high school and are considering careers in engineering, science and other math-based disciplines, you may be interested in SAMS: The Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science. Consider spending six weeks in our rigorous summer program focusing on technical areas of study. You'll build academic and personal skills required for admission to competitive colleges and universities and take part in fun and exciting summer activities. To get a better idea of what The Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science is all about, check out our media page, featuring students and professors from past summers!
SAMS: The Summer Academy for Mathematics + Science
What is SAMS? The Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science is a rigorous residential summer experience for good students who have a strong interest in math and science and want to become excellent students. Students who are entering their junior or senior year and are considering careers in engineering, science and other math-based disciplines are eligible to apply. Students must be at least 15 years old to participate in this program. The program will focus on creating interest in technical disciplines and building academic and personal skills to better prepare you for the college application process.
Separate tracks will be developed for each grade level. In addition to more traditional classroom instruction, students will be involved in hands-on engineering and science projects that provide an opportunity for them to apply concepts and principles introduced in the classroom. The challenging academic environment and peer support for excellence in the classroom will build the self-confidence required to do well in high school and college. The goal of the program is to prepare students for admission to selective colleges and universities.
The Carnegie Mellon Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science is designed to:
- encourage good students to become excellent students
- prepare students for standardized testing required for admission to selective colleges
- provide students with a preview of the social and academic aspects of college life
- build skills in engineering, math, science and computer science that will strengthen performance in the junior and senior years of high school, and equip students for admission to technical degree programs
- expose students to role models and careers in engineering and science
- simulate the demanding academic environment characteristic of engineering, science and computer science-related programs
- cultivate relationships between prospective students and Carnegie Mellon faculty, students and staff
The College-Bound Pipeline
The limited number of outstanding college-bound high school graduates with diverse backgrounds is often referred to as the "pipeline" problem.
Simply stated, the objective of the Summer Programs for Diversity is to expand the pipeline by enrolling high school students who will grow educationally and personally, and therefore succeed in gaining admission to selective colleges and universities. To that end, we recruit, admit and enroll good students who can become excellent students when given access to educational opportunities at Carnegie Mellon.
The goal of the program is to encourage more students to pursue engineering, science, computer science and other math-based majors and to prepare them for admission to selective colleges and universities.
A limited number of rising high school seniors may be selected to participate in Advanced Placement/Early Action, fine arts programs in architecture, art, design, drama or music, or the National High School Game Academy.
Some students applying for the Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science may be overly qualified to participate in the program. A limited number of such students may be invited to participate in the Advanced Placement/Early Action (AP/EA) program. AP/EA is a
challenging, credit-bearing summer program for high school seniors interested in taking Carnegie Mellon classes for college credit. The classes are actual university courses, condensed and accelerated to fit into a six-week program. If you have completed your junior year of high school, you’re eligible to apply to AP/EA. Please note that your acceptance is based on a review of your qualifications and available space in the program.
Applications will only be accepted from rising high school seniors. AP/EA participants younger than 16 cannot stay in the residence halls on campus and must commute from home.
The credit you earn in the AP/EA program can give you a head start in college. At Carnegie Mellon, the academic units earned in the AP/EA program can be applied toward graduation requirements. In most cases these units can also be transferred to other colleges or universities, although some schools do have rules limiting the transfer of summer Pre-College courses. If you do poorly in a class, Carnegie Mellon will not release your records to any prospective college or university to which you apply. At the end of the program, you will have the opportunity to decide which grades you would or would not like to be kept on permanent record at Carnegie Mellon. In this respect, the program offers students a no-risk opportunity to test their skills at the college level.
At the end of the program, you will have the opportunity to decide which grades you would or would not like to be kept on permanent record at Carnegie Mellon. In this respect, the program offers students a no-risk opportunity to test their skills at the college level.