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Attention Juniors:  If you are interested in Leadership, Government and Politics, attendance at a Military Academy, College ROTC, or just a challenging Academic program, this is the experience for you.  MD Boys State is a week long practical exercise in Government that will have a positive influence on your life!!  Application deadline is May 15, 2021Maryland Boys State Flyer.  Go to for more information and to apply.


It's time to take summer to the next level.

Dear Elizabeth,

This summer, we're giving high school students the chance to explore a new topic while previewing college life with Pre-College Programs at Illinois Tech.

Want to develop leadership skills, complete a design project, or understand how Google Maps works? High school students interested in STEM can choose from dozens of ways—online and in-person—to experience these fields up close.

Check out our program selection and prepare to discover with us at Illinois Tech—Chicago’s only tech-focused university—this summer.

Learn about topics in:

  • Engineering
  • Computing
  • Science
  • Psychology and Social Sciences
  • Architecture
  • Design Thinking

Check out our full listing of programs on our website.

Learn more about our academic programs and offerings.

We offer daily tours, information sessions, and individual appointments with admission counselors.

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We the Students essay contest in which we challenge them to tell us what they think the relationship is between these two principles. 

To truly explore the question in an essay that is between 500 -800 words, students will need to go beyond "dictionary definitions," and express their understanding and reasoning about the connection between these two principles.  This reasoning involves a combination of observation, experience, and some pretty "big ideas." What does it take to understand them?  To build toward and maintain them? To see them with regard to each other? Why is this relationship important?

The sixteen student winners will receive a total of $20,000 in scholarship prizes. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2021. More details including rules and regulations can be found on our website.

Assistant Near Peer Mentor Opportunity is for current 10, 11,and 12 graders for 4 weeks.  It does not require extensive experience with coding or laboratory equipment, but we do prefer some general knowledge. Past GEMS students are encouraged to apply as well.

The Near Peer Mentor Opportunity is for 8 weeks and is open to current 11th, and 12th graders with a firm understanding on how to use laboratory equipment such as pipetting, electrophoresis, etc or coding experience with robotics, drones, or general block and/or python coding experience. Near Peer Mentors interact with students and teach them these concepts after two training weeks. Experience tutoring, mentoring, or working with younger students is preferred.  Deadline to apply is January 12th.

More information about each opportunity can be found at :

Or students can email us at


Carnegie Mellon summer Pre-College program options for summer 2021Due to the ongoing considerations related to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are preparing plans should we be required to alter the delivery of our programs:

Please note that our Summer Academy for Math and Science (SAMS) program curriculum and delivery method has been changed. SAMS updates are now listed on the program page linked below. 

  • Summer Session, students take two full-length Carnegie Mellon courses in a variety of disciplines, ranging from Computer Science, History to Music Technology.
  • Summer Academy for Math and Science, provides students from underrepresented communities the opportunity to achieve skills to pursue and complete majors in STEM fields.
  • Computer Science Scholars, provides students who are from traditionally underrepresented communities in the field of computer science an opportunity to receive exposure to computing and additional computer science pre-requisites. 
  • AI4All @ Carnegie Mellon, provides opportunities for students from underrepresented communities to study artificial intelligence with full-time faculty, staff and researchers who are leaders in the field.
  • National High School Game Academy, for students who want to learn about modern video game development through a unique blend of left- and right-brain college-level work.
  • Computational Biology, a three-week program for students looking to learn more about the intersection of the two disciplines.
  • Unique programs in the Fine Arts - Architecture, Art, Design, Drama or Music – in which the students experience developing their skills in a conservatory or studio setting.
  • Writing & Culture, guided by the mentorship and instruction of our highly distinguished, permanent faculty members, students will improve their ability to analyze complex, ever-changing problems through astute investigations of culture and society.

Howard University:  The Karsh STEM Scholars Program (KSSP) is designed to attract and prepare high-achieving high school students for careers in STEM. Students who are selected for the program are expected to ultimately pursue, a PhD, or a combined MD/PhD. Students are required to major in a STEM-related discipline. The purpose of the KSSP is to challenge students through rigorous preparation and to create an environment/community of interdependent scholars who are focused on academic excellence. The program will also focus on building a global perspective to prepare its students to live, prosper and contribute to a world that is increasingly diverse and global in nature.
The KSSP presents an opportunity for academically talented students interested in STEM fields to become thinkers, researchers, educators and leading practitioners. Howard University is a leader in producing Black STEM PhDs. However, according to the research conducted by the American Institutes for Research, Black students complete doctoral degrees in STEM fields overall at disproportionately low rates. This program will expand and extend the reach of Howard University’s leadership role in producing more students immersed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics that will change the landscape in higher education.

The Karsh STEM Scholars Program will incorporate key components such as mentoring, tutoring, in-group support, high expectations, financial support, personal advising and counseling, summer bridge, family support and study groups, which research has shown leads to student success in such programs. To be considered, students must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher, at least a “B” average in college-preparatory science and mathematics courses, SAT scores: at least 600 on SAT math and a minimum combined score of at least 1250, ACT scores: minimum composite score of at least 26, ACT math score of at least 25 and be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident. If you would like to be nominated for this program, contact Mrs. Forbes at


The YYGS application is now open, and we encourage students in grades 10 or 11 (or international equivalent) from all around the world to apply! We hope you will help share this opportunity:

YYGS invites eligible students to join us this coming July! Experience life as a university student at Yale while attending an academic session of your choosing. 

Here's what you need to know:

  • Meet peers from over 130 countries around the world (including all 50 U.S. states), and join discussions where students offer global perspectives.
  • We provide over $3 million USD in need-based financial aid equally to both domestic and international students, offered as discounts covering up to 100% of tuition costs.
  • Apply by our Early Action deadline and hear your decision back by late December. If the fee poses a financial burden, submit a fee waiver to make your application fee $0 USD.

While YYGS is excited to host on-campus sessions, we will notify students by March 5, 2021, if that is not possible. More details are listed on our COVID-19 update page.

Early Action Deadline: November 10, 2020 at 11:59pm ET
Regular Decision Deadline: January 12, 2021 at 11:59pm ET

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for your time, and we hope to read your application soon!