Discover STEM

STEM summer program for students entering 11th or 12th grade

Where can your interest in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics take you?

During our interactive summer programs, you will network with peers while learning about current topics in research and exploring academic programs and career pathways through presentations, laboratory tours, science experiments, technology demonstrations, and Q&A sessions. Presenters may include College of Science and Engineering (CSE) faculty and graduate researchers, recent alumni in industry, and undergraduate students. Each session will have a unique schedule representing the variety of STEM pathways available through the College of Science and Engineering.

Summer 2022

We are committed to providing a safe and engaging environment for our community, so we are offering both in-person and virtual sessions this summer. Our in-person sessions will follow the health and safety recommendations of industry authorities (e.g. American Camp Association, Minnesota Department of Health, Center for Disease Control), and our virtual session will be highly interactive. Additional information will be available to admitted students in May.

  • In-person (University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus): August 1-5 or August 8-12 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily 
  • Virtual (Zoom): July 26-28 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. daily


Thanks to the generosity of 3M, we are able to offer Discover STEM to admitted students for an enrollment fee of $100 (in-person sessions) or $25 (virtual session). Full scholarships are available upon request to admitted students demonstrating financial need. The enrollment fee will be collected from students only upon admittance to Discover STEM. There is no cost to apply.

Application information

We are no longer accepting new applications for the 2022 Discover STEM summer program.

Admission timeline

Applications will be reviewed holistically by committee after the application deadline of Friday, April 22, 2022. Students will be notified of their application status via email no later than Friday, May 27, 2022. Upon admission, students will have 10 business days to confirm their enrollment by submitting their enrollment fee or scholarship request. Applicants who are not initially accepted will be automatically added to the waiting list and notified if a spot becomes available to them.

Admission decisions

Admission decisions are based on the holistic assessment of each applicant’s academics and individual circumstances as listed below. The strongest consideration in the decision is given to academics, but no single factor is the deciding factor in the decision. In addition to academics, individual circumstances listed below are also considered as part of the overall assessment of each application, and should be highlighted in the applicant’s recommendation and personal statement responses:

  • Outstanding talent, achievement, or aptitude in a particular area
  • Strong commitment to community service and leadership
  • Contribution to the cultural, gender, age, economic, racial, or geographic diversity of the student body
  • Evidence of having overcome social, economic, or physical barriers to educational achievement
  • First-generation college student
  • Significant responsibility in a family, community, job, or activity
  • Extenuating circumstances

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Discover STEM is sponsored by

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