Smith Science and Engineering Program (SSEP)

  • Northampton, MA



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  • Min. Session Length:
    2 Weeks
  • Min. Costs:
  • Application Deadline:
  • Eligibility:
    Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Option Yes Residential
  • Option No Online Option
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About Us

Fun fact: Smith was the first women’s college to create a program in engineering science.

As such, these summer STEM programs are an excellent place for young women to participate in hands-on research experiences.

There are two two-week sessions offered, and students can take one or both. Each session offers six distinct course choices. For example, the first session offers Chemistry of Herbal Medicine, Designing Intelligent Robots, and Where the Body Meets the Mind. Second session courses include Water Matters, Big Data and Social Media, and Microcontrollers and You. Students spend five days a week in class, attending lectures and conducting experiments & field work. Additionally, the program is team-based, allowing students to learn from each other’s ideas and perspectives.

Some courses have prerequisites and age minimums. Global Young Women’s Health is open to rising sophomores and above while Novel Bacteriophage Discovery requires a year of biology. Furthermore, admission is selective. Serious applicants should have a strong academic record, stellar teacher recommendations, and a well-written essay. Given that Smith is a women’s college, only female students are eligible for this program.

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