SAMS: The Summer Academy for Mathematics + Science
What is SAMS? The Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science is a rigorous residential summer experience for good students who have a strong interest in math and science and want to become excellent students. Students who are entering their junior or senior year and are considering careers in engineering, science and other math-based disciplines are eligible to apply. Students must be at least 16 years old to participate in this program. The program will focus on creating interest in technical disciplines and building academic and personal skills to better prepare you for the college application process.
Separate tracks will be developed for each grade level. In addition to more traditional classroom instruction, students will be involved in hands-on engineering and science projects that provide an opportunity for them to apply concepts and principles introduced in the classroom. The challenging academic environment and peer support for excellence in the classroom will build the self-confidence required to do well in high school and college. The goal of the program is to prepare students for admission to selective colleges and universities.
The Carnegie Mellon Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science - June 29 to August 9, 2013 - is designed to:
- encourage good students to become excellent students
- prepare students for standardized testing required for admission to selective colleges
- provide students with a preview of the social and academic aspects of college life
- build skills in engineering, math, science and computer science that will strengthen performance in the junior and senior years of high school, and equip students for admission to technical degree programs
- expose students to role models and careers in engineering and science
- simulate the demanding academic environment characteristic of engineering, science and computer science-related programs
- cultivate relationships between prospective students and Carnegie Mellon faculty, students and staff
The College-Bound Pipeline
The limited number of outstanding college-bound high school graduates with diverse backgrounds is often referred to as the "pipeline" problem.
Simply stated, the objective of the Summer Programs for Diversity is to expand the pipeline by enrolling high school students who will grow educationally and personally, and therefore succeed in gaining admission to selective colleges and universities. To that end, we recruit, admit and enroll good students who can become excellent students when given access to educational opportunities at Carnegie Mellon.
The goal of the program is to encourage more students to pursue engineering, science, computer science and other math-based majors and to prepare them for admission to selective colleges and universities.