Summer Science Programs for High School Students

  • Educational Science Summer Programs

    Some popular summer Educational Science Programs are listed below. Participation in these programs allows students to gain experience and skills that are required for admission into competitive science research programs.

    Cold Spring Harbor DNA Learning Center

    Programs are available throughout the summer and on Saturdays.

    Science Research and Awareness Series (at SUNY Stony Brook)

    Rolling admission until space fills up.

    Adelphi-Winthrop Summer Science Institute

    Priority deadline is usually in May.

    Brown University Summer Pre-College Programs

    Popular classes are often waitlisted, so it is best to apply early. The recommended course to gain experience in laboratory techniques is CEBI0901, Techniques in DNA-Based Biotechnology.



    Science Research Summer Programs

    Some competitive summer Science Research Programs are listed below.

    The SUNY Old Westbury Summer Science Program ICaRE

    Application is usually due in March

    Stony Brook University Simons Program

    Application is usually due in January

    Hofstra University Summer Science Program

    Application is usually due in April

    Cold Spring Harbor Partners for the Future

    Application is usually due in April

    Garcia Program at SUNY Stony Brook

    Application is usually due in February

    Sample student requirements for Garcia Program:

    Must be, at least, 16 years old at the time of the program

    Have an average GPA of 3.8 or 95 unweighed

    Must have, at least 3 of the following subjects

    English (Honors or AP a plus)

    Chemistry (Honors or AP a plus)

    Mathematics or Calculus (Honors or AP a plus)

    Physics (Honors or AP a plus)

    Biology (optional) (Honors or AP a plus)

    Strong Standardized test scores (SAT or Regents)

    Students who show evidence of leadership, special talents or interests, and other personal qualities through extracurricular activities, volunteer work, and other non-academic pursuits will receive special consideration.


    What can students do during the school year and in the summer to get started in Science research in addition to Science Educational programs?

     1. Attend science-related talks and presentations at local universities, museums, and hospitals. Engage in networking by introducing yourselves to professors after the talk and asking them about research opportunities.

      Winthrop University Hospital:

      Adelphi University:

      Cradle of Aviation Museum:

      Stony Brook University:

      2. Get involved in Science Olympiad and/ or Environthon afterschool clubs (speak with Ms. Dubuke and/ or Ms Piersa).

    3. Participate in science competitions, for example, Brain Bee, Bridge Building and/ or Medical Marvels Competitions. Some competitions require school registration and some could be entered by students independently (speak with Dr. Gordon).  See more examples of science competitions here.

     4. Volunteer at a local hospital and familiarize yourselves with the department that you are working in. If you impress the staff with your work ethic, you may open up opportunities for an original research project.

     5. Volunteer at the Garden City Bird Sanctuary. If you demonstrate a strong work ethic, you may open up opportunities for an original research project.