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 2023 programs will be offered in person. We are committed to providing a safe and engaging environment for our community, and all sessions will follow the health and safety recommendations of industry authorities (e.g. American Camp Association, Minnesota Department of Health, Center for Disease Control). Additional information will be available to admitted students in May.
- Location: University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus
- Dates: All programs will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily
- Monday, July 24-Friday, July 28, or
- Monday, July 31-Friday, August 4, or
- Monday, Aug. 7-Friday, Aug. 11
Thanks to the generosity of 3M, we are able to offer Discover STEM to admitted students for an enrollment fee of $100. 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.
Due to limited space, admission to Discover STEM is expected to be competitive. The competitiveness of admission will be based on the number of applications received and the applicants' qualifications. Enrolling an academically qualified, diverse student body is essential to Discover STEM, so applicants from underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to apply.
- High school students entering grades 11 or 12 in fall 2023
- Priority will be given to students who have not previously participated in Discover STEM
Application submission requirements
Applications can be submitted fully online or fully by mail by request. Applications submitted in multiple parts and/or formats will not be reviewed for admission. Applications must be submitted online or postmarked by Friday, April 21, 2023.
Applications must include the applicant’s high school transcript (unofficial copies are acceptable); a recommendation from a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics teacher or high school counselor; and personal statement responses.
Applications will be reviewed holistically by committee after the Friday, April 21, 2023, application deadline. Students will be notified of their application status via email no later than Friday, May 26, 2023. 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 are based on the holistic assessment of each applicant’s academics and individual circumstances (listed below). The strongest consideration in the decision is given to academics, but no single factor will be the deciding factor.
In addition to academics, individual circumstances 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
- Experience 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
For more information, send an email to CSEoutreach@umn.edu.
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