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STEM & Research

At Summer Discovery, we are wired to giving you, the high school student, a range of knowledge and disciplines you will need to succeed in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Our intensive program is designed on a student-mentor basis where students are assigned to work with a instructors member or graduate student, based on their research interests. Students can expect to work on research projects which may include STEM disciplines such as ecology, geosciences, computer science, hydrology, environmental science, engineering, psychology, and STEM education. 

Unique opportunities offered by Summer Discovery

Through the STEM Research Experience at Summer Discovery, you will gain a world of knowledge and experience in the lab and/or the field of your selected discipline. In addition to working with your research partner, we will provide you with a specialized course to give you the tools and support you need throughout the research experience. This course will include topics such as literature review and library resources, data collection and analysis, and the communication of research results. Our courses are geared toward high school students and specified to fit the learning styles considered most effective for young adults. 

Our hands-on STEM program allows students to:

  • Work in pairs on a specific research project under the guidance of their assigned mentor
  • Participate in weekly Research Methods seminar courses, led by university instructors
  • Prepare a final research poster presentation to share their research results with peers, mentors, and other university colleagues
  • …and much more!

Students should expect to work on their research projects between 30 and 40 hours, Monday through Friday. They may also be asked to complete additional readings and assignments prior to the start of the program. 

With a focus on research in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, you, as a student, will have an advantage over your peers. Your experience at Summer Discovery will make you a more well-rounded, knowledgeable individual with enhanced academic and life skills.


“This taught me a lot about how to conduct research. I went out of my comfort zone, and I feel that what I learned will be useful for me in college and in life.”

- Gautham B., UC Santa Barbara

“It's an experience you can't find anywhere else.” 

- Jennessa J.; CU Boulder  

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