June 30–July 27, 2013
The Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP) is a four-week residential program for exceptional young women with strong interests in science, engineering and medicine. Each July, select high school students from across the country and abroad come to Smith College to do hands-on research with Smith faculty in the life and physical sciences and in engineering. Girls who will be in high school (grades nine through 12) in fall 2013 are eligible to apply for the summer 2013 program.
Established in 1990, the SSEP annually serves approximately 100 girls. Since its inception, nearly 1,800 high school students have participated, representing 46 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 53 other countries. More than half of these students have been awarded need-based financial aid. After the program, participants return to high school better prepared to tackle tough science courses and better informed about what to expect in college.
Smith College is among the top-rated liberal arts colleges in the United States and one of the nation's largest colleges dedicated solely to the education of women. Based in the multibuilding Clark Science Center, the Smith science faculty employs some of the finest researchers and teachers in the country. In 1999 Smith became the first women's college in the nation to establish its own program in engineering science, the Picker Engineering Program.
Central to the program is a learning environment that is rich in role models, hands-on, cooperation, investigation and challenge—where girls get all of the faculty's attention, all of the opportunities and all of the encouragement to achieve their best.