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ACADEMIC YEAR PROGRAMS for girls in grades 9-12

SET in the City: During this one-day event, young women in high school learn about cutting-edge research and careers first-hand from women in science and engineering at multiple venues in the Boston area. SET in the City will not be held during 2021 due to COVID-19.

Girls STEM Summit: Hosted by Jr.Tech and held at Wentworth Institute of Technology on Sunday, April 5, 2020 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Participants enjoy guest speaker, hands-on breakout career tracks, female role models instructing breakouts, lunch, giveaways and much more. Girls in grades 8-12 are eligible to attend. Admission is $70 and includes lunch. POSTPONED

Technovation Challenge: High school girls (ages 13-18) become inventors, designers, builders, and entrepreneurs of technology, rather than simply consumers. Girls are guided through an online curriculum and work in teams of five as they develop mobile phone applications, “apps”. The teams are paired with a female mentor who guides them through the curriculum and acts as a positive female role model. February-April each year.

SEED (Saturday Engineering Enirchment and Discovery): SEED Academy is a free seven-semester academic enrichment program for students from Boston, Cambridge amd Lawrence who have a strong academic record and interest in science and engineering. Each semester, students take a module focused on a different theme and learn about it over the course of eight Saturdays from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. Students are currently admitted into SEED Academy during the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th grades. The deadline for Spring 2020 is now closed. Students who wish to apply for Fall 2020 should check the website for further details.

SUMMER PROGRAMS for girls in grades 9-12:

AI4ALL: Young women who are currently sophomores or juniors in high school are eligible to apply to a 3-week session focused on Artificial Intelligence (AI). Participants will explore such topics in AI as robotics, computer vision and natural language processing through team projects, industry field trips and presentations from guest speakers. The program will run online via zoom from July 26th to August 13th from 9:30-3:30 pm. Deadline for applications is May 1st, 2021.

Biogen Community Lab Summer Sessions: High School students who have completed at least grade 9 are eligible to participate in a free, week-long program where they engage in a hands-on project, tour labs, and meet biotech professionals. 2020 Sessions will run M-F 9:00-4:00 (1:00 pm on Friday) on: July 6-10; July 13-17; July 20-24; August 3-7; August 10-14; and August 17-21. Online Applications open on February 24th and close on March 11th.

Code with Klossy: Two week coding camp available free of charge to young women ages 13-18. Camp curriculum consists of developing web and mobile applications. Participants must be able to make a two-week commitment from 9-5pm. Free Virtual Camps two-week camps will be held June 7-18th; June 21-July 2nd; July 12-23rd; and July 26--August 6th. Application deadline in April 4th.

Codebreakers: Four week summer program that introduces young women who are currently freshmen and sophomores to the field of cyber security. Participants learn python, cryptography, network security, and perhaps forensics. Codebreakers will be held online via zoom during 2021 Dates: July 5-30, 2021. Deadline to apply is May 1st.

GirlsGetMath at BU: A five-day, non-residential mathematics program open to high school students in the Boston area who will be entering grade 10 or 11 in Fall 2020. Explore topics such as cryptography, the mathematics of voting, image processing, prime numbers and factoring and fractals. Tuition is $100. Full financial aid is available. Lunch is inlcuded each day. Girls Get Math will not be held during Sumemr 2021 due to COVID-19..

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program: Free program for current 10th and 11th grade girls with a passion for tech (prior experience not necessary). Participants spend 7 weeks learning everything from mobile app development to robotics to web design and ultimately build products they want to see in the world. They’ll hear from inspiring guest speakers from the tech community and take field trips to gain exposure to the wide array of career possibilities in computer science. Deadline for 2021 was March 15th.

MassBay Summer STEM Sampler: STEM Sampler workshops are designed to introduce under-served high school students who identify as female to a variety of different STEM topics. The workshops will be held from July 13-17th, 2020. Program Cost: Free. Students who apply by April 1st will be notified of admittance by May 1st; others by June 30th.

MEDscience Summer School: MEDscience Summer School is a one-week, 30-hour, summer immersion course held at Harvard Medical School open to students in the Boston area. During the week, they concentrate on the science of the human body – with a focus on working in teams to solve medical emergencies. All work is done in a simulation lab and at the surrounding hospitals. Tuition is $2100 per week but financial aid is available. 2020 sessions are June 8-12; June 15-19; June 22-26; July 6-10; July 13-17; July 20-24; July 27-31; August 3-7; August 10-14 and August 17-21. Application deadline is March 15th

Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES): A rigorous six-week residential program (June 22-August 2nd, 2019) for rising high school seniors from across the country (many of whom come from under-represented or underserved communities). The program aims to help students develop the skills and confidence needed for success in technical fields. Along with calculus, physics, natural science, and humanities courses, students take a hands-on elective course and participate in lab tours and social events. MITES serves up to 80 student per year. For rising high school seniors. Please check back in early 2020 for dates and to apply.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory Radar Introduction for Student Engineers: A free, two-week summer residential, project-based enrichment program for outstanding rising seniors in high school. Students attending this program will gain an in-depth experience in building small radar systems. Participants will be challenged to build a Doppler and range radar by using creative problem-solving strategies. In 2021, the program will be held virtually from July 11–23rd. Deadline for Applications is March 27th, 2021.

PopHealth Experience: Program on BU MED campus offers rising 7th to 9th graders a one-week engaging and immersive introduction to the field of public health. Deadline for earlybird tuition ($375): April 30, 2021, after which time, tuition is $450. Program will be offered virtually during 2021. Dates: June 21-25th from 9:00-3:00 pm.

PROMYS: The Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists is a six-week residential summer program at Boston University designed to encourage motivated high school students to explore the creative world of mathematics in a supportive community of peers, counselors, research mathematicians, and visiting scientists. For students who are at least 14 and have completed grade 9, 10, 11, or 12 on first day of program. Program will be offered ONLINE from July 5th– August 15th, 2021. Deadline for applications is March 15, 2021. COST: $2500; free for students who parents earn less than $60,000/year.

SummerLab: An opportunity for high school students to learn basic concepts and techniques of DNA science. Workshop 1: DNA, Genes and Drug Production and Workshop 2: Clinical Connections: Tuition is $1000 for one week and $1800 for two weeks. SummerLab will not be offered during Summer 2021.

Summer Pathways: Summer Pathways is a seven-day residential program that gives young women the opportunity to discover the infinite possibilities that await them in scientific fields. Participants live in a BU dormitory, visit museums, research labs, and local industries, as well as learn about careers in science and engineering and meet women working in these fields. A combination of field trips, hands-on activities, and a taste of college life makes Summer Pathways a unique educational experience. Summer Pathways will not be offered during Summer 2021 due to COVID-19.

SummerSTEM Fish Fraud Forensics: Exciting one week laboratory course offered by Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute for students aged 14-18. Students use cutting-edge biotechnology equipment to analyze DNA and identifif different species of whitefish.Tuition is $400 ($300 for siblings) and need-based financial aid is available. The 2021 program will take place the week of July 26. Applications are currently being accepted.

Women's Technology Program: The MIT Women's Technology Program (WTP) is a rigorous four-week summer academic and residential experience for rising female high school students. Participants explore engineering through hands-on classes, labs, and team-based projects in either: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) or Mechanical Engineering (ME). 2020 Program dates: June 27 to July 25. Application deadline is January 15, 2020.


Broad Summer Scholars Program: The Broad Summer Scholars Program invites highly-motivated high school students who attend high school within the greater Boston area and have a strong interest in science to spend six weeks at the Broad Institute. Students are matched with Broad scientists and conduct original, cutting-edge research projects in areas such as: cancer biology, psychiatric disease, chemical biology, computational biology, infectious disease, and more. Application deadline: January 22, 2021. Program will be offered remotely from June 28 - August 6, 2021.

Draper High School Internship Program: Six week summer internship program where teams of 3-4 teams work with on defined projects under the supervision of a Draper engineer or scientist. Students attend presentations and seminars and tour labs during the summer. Open to current juniors and seniors in high school who are U.S. citizens or green card holders, and are at least 16 years old and able to commute to Draper. This program will not run during Summer 2021.

GROW offers young women enrolled in high school in the Greater Boston area the opportunity to participate in a six-week summer internship in a Boston University research lab. Participants spend M-F from 9:30-4:30 in labs where they participate in cutting edge research in a collaborative setting. Participants also hear from guest speakers, take field trips, and develop communication skills by presenting their research at a culminating poster session and reception. Participants who complete all program requiremens receive a stipend of $1500.
GROW will not be held during Summer 2021 due to COVID-19.

Forsyth Educational Outreach Program: This program includes an eight-week paid internship for students currently in grades 9, 10 or 11 enrolled in a school in the metro Boston area. The program pairs students with Forsyth researchers as mentors. Over the summer, the interns learn basic laboratory techniques, participate in ongoing research projects and present scientific posters describing their findings at the end of the year. Students may continue working on their projects during the academic year. Participants for 2021 have already been selected. Applications for 2022 internships will be available in January 2022.

The High School Apprenticeship Challenge: The High School Apprenticeship Challenge facilitates and funds paid internships for underrepresented and economically disadvantaged high school students throughout Massachusetts. The program creates over 100 new internship opportunities each year by subsidizing intern wages for small life sciences companies and academic researchers to enable them to hire paid interns. The program also offers a pre-internship laboratory training program for select school districts that provides rigorous biotechnology/biomedical and professional skills development. Students are reimbursed at $13.50/ hr. or up to $3240 for a full six weeks of work. Internships can be full or part-time and must take place between May 2021 and April 2022. There is no deadline but interns are generally selected between February and June.

Young Scholars: The Young Scholars Program at Northeastern University offers future scientists and engineers a unique opportunity for a hands-on laboratory experience while still in high school. The program is open to Boston area applicants who have completed junior year in high school. Must be permanent MA residents. Young Scholars will be offer virtually during 2021. Program dates are June 28-August 5th. Deadline for applications is March 15, 2021.

SUMMER PROGRAMS for girls in 6-9

Artemis: Artemis is a five-week summer program for rising 9th grade girls focused on computer science. Participants are introduced to programming languages (such as Python, HTML, CSS, Scratch, and AppInventor), and learn about robotics, cryptography, artificial intelligence, and circuits. Artemis will be offered online during 2021 Program dates are July 5th- 30th. Application deadline is May 1st. There is no tuition but accepted students are required to pay $100 registration fee.

Dynamit: Weeklong STEM programs for middle school students designed to ignite passion for STEM. Low-income or underserved students in the Greater Boston Community are prioritized. Tenatative 2021 dates for rising 6th and 7th grade program: August 16-20, and for rising 8th and 9th grade program: August 23-27, 2021. Application should open mid-February and deadline is April 19th. Program will be offered either in-person or remotely. Apply here.

Tech Savvy: During this week-long summer enrichment program, 25-30 girls entering 7th or 8th grade visit five college campuses and/or local industry venues where they engage in hands-on activities focused on engineering, technology and computing. Tech Savvy will not be offered during Summer 2021 due to COVID-19.

U-Design: U-Design offers a hands-on laboratory and workshop experience that gives rising 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th grade students the opportunity to learn about science and technology by engaging them in real work of scientists and engineers: design, exploration, experimentation, and invention. Here, students are encouraged to think of their own ideas, and build their own cool inventions. 2021 sessions will be held July 12-16th; July 19-23th; and July 26-30th from 8:30-4:00 (M-Th) and 8:30-5:30 on Friday. $200 for one session with discounts of $50 and $75 for additional workshops. Some financial aid is available.

You GO Girl!: You GO Girl is a four-day summer program, JUST for rising 9th grade girls. Participants are introduced to a sampling of science and engineering fields mixed with high school preparatory sessions. Learn about mechanical engineering, chemistry, biology and electrical engineering by working through hands-on models. Free, but suggested $50 donation for materials. There are no plans to offer this program virtually during 2021.

Northeastern Summer STEM Program: The Northeastern University Summer STEM Program (NUSSP) is an eight-day program for students entering grade 6, 7 and 8 and who live within 30 miles of Boston. Each day, students attend classes that include problem solving, study, research, writing and communication skills incorporated with biology, chemistry, physics, design concepts, and field excursions. Program cost is $600 for two-week program. . This program will notbe offered during Summer 2021.


Explorations: A one-day program for selected Boston and Cambridge public middle schools that takes place each fall. Approximately 350 6th, 7th and 8th grade students are hosted by Harvard faculty and research associates for a day of presentations, panel discussions about educational paths, and the pairing of individual students with researchers for laboratory activities. For more information, contact Sheila Nutt (


CuSTEMized holds outreach events for girls aged 4-8 at the Newton Library. Participants receive free coloring books focused on sceintific careers and grad students lead short activities and demonstrations on photons, the cardiovascular system, metabolism and engineeering. Check their Facebook page for more information.