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Smith College Science & Engineering

The Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program for High School Girls

The Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP) is a four-week residential program for exceptional young women with strong interests in science, engineering and medicine. Each July, select high school students from across the country and abroad come to Smith College to do hands-on research with Smith faculty in the life and physical sciences and in engineering. Girls who will be in high school (grades 9-12) in fall are eligible to apply for the summer program.

Established in 1990, the SSEP annually serves approximately 100 girls. Since its inception, more than 1,600 high school students have participated, representing 45 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 53 foreign countries. More than half of these students have been awarded need-based financial aid, and 40 percent are students of color. After the program, participants return to high school better prepared to tackle tough science courses and better informed about what to expect in college.

Smith College is one of the top-rated liberal arts colleges in the United States and the nation’s largest college dedicated solely to the education of women. Based in the multibuilding Clark Science Center, the Smith science faculty employs some of the finest researchers and teachers in the country. Smith undergraduates don’t just hear and read about scientific research, they are active participants. As a result, for almost 30 years, Smith ranked third among private liberal arts colleges in the number of women who have gone on to obtain doctorates in the life sciences. In 1999 Smith became the first women’s college in the nation to establish its own program in engineering science, the Picker Engineering Program.

But you don’t have to wait until college to experience the benefits of a Smith education. The SSEP extends the benefits of Smith’s strong traditions to girls still in high school. Participants in the summer program are taught by Smith faculty, live in a college house alongside Smith undergraduate interns and have access to all campus facilities. Central to the program is a learning environment that is rich in role models, hands-on, cooperative, investigative and challenging—where girls get all of the faculty’s attention, all of the opportunities and all of the encouragement to achieve their best.

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  • Street: Smith College
  • City: Northampton
  • State: MA
  • Postcode: 01063
  • Country: United States


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