Summer Programs

  • CRISP High School Research Fellowship

    The CRISP High School Research Fellowship provides rising high school juniors and seniors with the opportunity to conduct team-based interdisciplinary materials science research. Participating students conduct a four-week research project as members of a research team that also includes university faculty and undergraduate and graduate students. 

    For more information, visit the CRISP website

  • Discovery to Cure High School Internship

    The program exposes students to laboratory research and promotes interest in science and medicine. Rising high school seniors spend six weeks working in a laboratory with a research scientist, utilizing research techniques such as gel electrophoresis, RTPCR, immunohistochemistry, and electron microscopy. Since its inception in 2003, a total of over 260 high school students, undergraduates, and high school teachers have successfully completed the Program. Several interns have presented their research at science fairs and approximately 20% of student interns have published their findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals. 

    For more information, visit the Discovery to Cure website

  • Pathways Summer Scholars Program

    Pathways Summer Scholars is a free two-week summer science day program for 100 rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade Yale Pathways students. Each summer, Pathways Summer Scholars will have the opportunity to select from a variety of STEM workshops, collaboratively designed and taught by Yale faculty and graduate students. Summer 2016’s new workshop topics include, but are not limited to, green chemistry, web development and coding, neurobiology, consciousness, biochemistry, solar cell building, and more. Current Yale students serve as teaching assistants and mentors in the program. Rising Pathways seniors are also eligible to apply to the residential program, living in the Yale student dormitories, and taking part in college prep programming, in addition to attending STEM workshops during the day. For more information on Pathways to Science Summer Scholars Program and the application for Summer 2017 (due February 6th!), please go to: pathwayssummerscholars.yale.edu.

  • Shafer Family Scholarships for Yale University Summer Session

    Shafer Scholars are rising high school seniors who attend New Haven public schools and are nominated by their high school guidance counselors to enroll in a five-week Yale summer session program. A scholarship from the Shafer family of New Haven provides full tuition for two courses, room and board, a book allowance, and a stipend for each student. Students take Yale College courses in the company of college students and are able to earn college credits. Shafer Scholars live on campus in one of Yale’s residential colleges for the duration of their program and have the opportunity to participate in the co-curricular, recreational, and social programs with students from other high schools and colleges from across the country and the world.

  • Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP)

    Yale School of Medicine serves as one of the twelve Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) sites, a national program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Yale SMDEP provides an intensive six week exposure to science, clinical medicine, and career counseling for motivated first and second year college students and graduates who are considering a career in medicine.  Approximately 80 students attend the Yale SMDEP each summer.

    For more information, visit the Yale SMDEP website

  • Summer Science Research Institute

    The Summer Science Research Institute (SSRI) connects highly qualified New Haven high school students with science research internships at Yale. During the summer, students participate in a series of workshops and activities to supplement their internship experiences and enhance their scientific research skills. Students are paired with Yale undergraduate mentors, who provide one-on-one guidance throughout the six-week internship experience.

    For more information, visit the SSRI website

  • Ulysses S. Grant Foundation

    The Ulysses S. Grant Foundation is a six-week academic summer program for talented and motivated middle school students from New Haven, held on the Yale University campus. Since 1953, U.S. Grant has drawn on the experience and enthusiasm of Yale undergraduates to challenge students so they can acquire the academic preparation and skills they will need to enter and succeed in college and excel in their current school environment.

    For more information, click HERE

  • Yale Center for Analytical Sciences Young Scholars Program

    The Young Scholars program brings together a collaborative group of 12-14 high school students, primarily from the greater New Haven area. For two weeks in the summer, students participate in an intensive introduction to Biostatistics, learn in a statistical modeling program known as “R,” and tour aspects of public health. Young Scholars provides an intensive, hands-on science curriculum that emphasizes discovery through lab tours, critical thinking and problem-solving, lunch lectures, as well as faculty led “R” programming sessions.

    For more information, visit the YCAS Young Scholars website

  • Yale Center for Health and Learning Games High School Summer Internship Program

    The Center for Health & Learning Games, which houses Yale’s play2PREVENT Lab, is made up of a multidisciplinary, highly collaborative team of researchers, videogame developers, and community partners dedicated to creating and evaluating videogame interventions for health, education, and social good in youth and young adults. During the five-week internship, students spend each morning in workshops on the use of video games in health research and participate in afternoon sessions featuring guest speakers from the Yale School of Medicine and the commercial video game sector. 

    For more information, click HERE

  • Yale Summer Program in Astrophysics

    YSPA is a 4-week residential research and enrichment program for 32 rising high school juniors and seniors who are interested in math, science, computer programming, and other tech fields. Students take classes in physics, math, and astronomy, complete a scientific research project using telescopes at Yale, learn the basics of computer programming and data science, and present their results at the end of the program. YSPA has a small student-to-faculty ratio (32:6), so students get to know each other and the faculty very well.  

    For more information, please visit the YSPA website

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“I really liked SCHOLAR because people from different fields of science came in and spoke about what they have done to contribute to the huge spectrum of sciences, medicine, health, etc.  My favorite speaker was Professor Marvin Chun. His presentation of psychology was engaging, interesting, and kept my focus the whole entire time. He got the audience involved just as he explained findings and observations in people. I’m considering several of the topics as my future career…”

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

Why is Science Important?

“Science is about much more that facts, figures, laws and equations. It’s a unique and powerful way of looking at the world we live in; one that helps us find real answers and tries to ensure that we are not fooling ourselves. It’s about values like respect for good evidence, over opinion or anecdote; it’s a state of mind that makes you criticize your own ideas - test them in a way that you think might break them. It’s about respecting the answers that nature gives to questions carefully asked.” 

Adrian Gaylard

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“I liked all of the Pathways to Science events, but the one that stands out the most was Pathways to Engineering. It was cool to see the engineering department at Yale and to see the demonstrations. I want to be an engineer, so being able to talk to Yale engineers about their work was amazing. Seeing their labs and how they work was also great. I had never been in a real lab before.   I learned a lot about nanotechnology and some possible careers, too.”

New Haven Student
Barnard Environmental Studies School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“Pathways to Science has enhanced my interests in the sciences and has helped me to understand science in a way school hasn’t. I always learn something new when I go to a Pathways event.”

New Haven Student
Mauro-Sheridan Science, Technology, & Communications School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“Pathways to Science has taught me firsthand how scientists work. I had never really known what it was like to be a scientist. “

New Haven Student
Mauro-Sheridan Science, Technology, & Communications School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs: 

“Pathways to Science has helped me learn more about the field I want to pursue, neurology, and about scientific topics that interest me. It has also provided me my first glimpse of botany.”

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“Getting Chemistry lessons in SCHOLAR last year was a HUGE advantage for my junior year. I’m glad I got that preparation.”

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“SCHOLAR has made me feel more confident about myself when speaking and performing publicly. It has also made me more eager to face challenges in school and in life.” 

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“I’ve connected to a bunch of adults during the SCHOLAR program. They’ve showed me that you’re always good in something, even when you don’t think you are. If you put your mind to it, you’ll achieve it.” 

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“After participating in SCHOLAR, I feel more confident and comfortable in my own skin and I feel like I get along better with people now. It influenced my educational views because now I feel like I have a duty to myself to try harder in school. For my future, I want to try even harder to achieve my dreams to pursue a science career.”

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“I like many of the Pathways to Science Events! The Peabody Museum was really interesting. I really loved that we got to go where normal tours can’t go and look at dinosaur bones and birds too. I think it’s amazing that we got to learn history through them.” 

New Haven Student
James Hillhouse High School

What Students are Saying about Yale Science Outreach:

“I like attending many Pathways to Science Events. The Planetarium/Observatory was great! I really love learning about how our solar system was created and all the different types of stars and constellations we have. The best part was watching the movie inside. I felt like I was really going through space. It blew my mind!”

New Haven Student
Wilbur Cross High School

Why is Science Important?

“Science is not enough on its own, it also requires a large measure of creativity. Add ingenuity and you are in the realm of engineering.”

David M. Howard

Why is Science Important?

“Since knowledge leads to power, science also allows us to shape and influence our environment, and as such is at the root of todays global society”  

Jon Butterworth
Professor of Physics at University College London

Why is Science Important? 

“Without science, we’re as lost and scared as a Homo Erectus in a thunderstorm.” 

Mark Lewney
Musician and Science Presenter

What Students Are Saying About Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“The EVOLUTIONS Program was the greatest help with my college career. My greatest experience with the program was getting an internship in a Yale lab. It was an enjoyable experience that taught me skills and work ethics that I will take with me for the rest of my life. Few people even get the opportunity and I was glad to be one of them.” 

New Haven High School Student
Sound School

What Students Are Saying About Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“Being a part of the EVOLUTIONS After School Program has enabled me to do a ton of things that you normally wouldn’t do in a regular high school setting. With this program they really help you find out who you are as person and what your really capable of doing. And that’s something I believe everyone should experience before they head into a world that is bigger than what they imagine to be.” 

New Haven Student
Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School

What Students Are Saying About Yale Science Outreach Programs:

“Being involved in internships through the Yale Peabody Museum EVOLUTIONS Program has been a privilege and the highlight of my high school education.” 

New Haven Student
Hill Regional Career High School

Why is Science Important?

“Science is more than just the hard subject at school that preoccupied the smart kids. It is a way of thinking about our world that can lead to changing it for the better.” 

Jim Al-Khalili
Professor of Theoretical Physics and Chair in the Public Engagement in Science at the University of Surrey

Why is Science Important?

“Scientists pursue questions of how things work that range from the sub-atomic particle zipping through my coffee cup, to the metaphysics of baboons to the origin of ice-covered mountain ranges. Often the motivation is curiosity but the net result is expanding our collective knowledge and understanding. This process based knowledge and understanding is crucial to the long-term survival of our species as a society.” 

Robin Bell
Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Why is Science Important?

“Science is a window to the future of humanity.”

Andy Miah
University of the West of Scotland

Why is Science Important?

“Science is a powerful expression of two of the defining qualities of humans - creativity and curiosity; especially when creativity and curiosity are used to explore, and try to make sense of, our place in the universe.” 

Ray Mathias

Why is Science Important?

“While what IS (truth) will not lead us to find any better what OUGHT we do (choices), yet what IS will definitely guide not only what needs to be done, but also how to realistically achieve it. Thus, the importance of Science in leading us to Truth.” 

Sandeep Gautam

Why is Science Important? 

“Science is important because, just as much as literature, or art, or music, it teaches us to be human. It’s part of us, part of who we are.” 

Richard P. Grant
Molecular Cell Biochemist

Why is Science Important? 

“Truth is better than illusion, and science has found ways to find out how the universe works, how we can interact with it, and what is likely to happen next.” 

Dr. Susan Blackmore
Freelance writer, Lecturer and Broadcaster,

Why Science is Important? 

“Science is important because it satisfies our curiosity about the world we live in. Amazing new technologies often result from science, but that shouldn’t be why we do science. We do science for the same reason Columbus set sail in search of new lands, for the same reason Tenzing and Hillary climbed to the top of Everest: curiosity” 

Jacob Aron
Mathematician and Science Writer