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Summer Programs

During the summer, the University of Michigan offers a number of learning opportunities for youth.

From residential camps to day-long programs, from art to science to business, summer programs offer a variety of exciting, academic and enriching options for youth. Programs allow participants to experience the University of Michigan while enjoying an outstanding education in areas of interest.

Click on the title of each program for more details including dates, application process and fees. Note that some units are still in the process of updating their 2015 offerings. Please visit this website periodically and/or contact units directly for additional, updated information.

The Center for Educational Outreach offers a limited number of need-based scholarships to support attendance at University of Michigan summer programs.


Art/Music/Architecture

ArcStart
ArcStart is a three-week residential program sponsored by the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning that offers the opportunity for local high school students from grades 10-12 to experience the studio intensity of a bachelor of science degree in architecture. Deadline for applications for ArcStart is the end of March.

BFA Review
BFA Review, sponsored by the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design is an intensive three-week residential studio program for students in grades 9-11 that offers the opportunity to experience the studio intensity of a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree curriculum.

Drawing for Artists & Designers
Drawing for Artists & Designers, sponsored by the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, is a evening studio class that meets twice a week for a total of 12 sessions. The class is for students in grades 9-12.

MPulse Summer Performing Arts Institutes
MPulse is a 2-3 week residential program for high school students completing grades 9-12 during the 2014-2015 school year, that provides exposure to the rigorous training provided by the School of Music, Theatre & Dance in the areas of music performance, music technology, musical theatre, theater and dance. The Theatre & Drama Academy is open to students completing grades 10-11 as well. The Musical Theatre Workshop is open to 2014-2015 high school juniors (grade 11), although applications from current 10th graders of exceptional ability and experience will be considered.

Portfolio Prep
Portfolio Prep, sponsored by the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, is an intensive two-week residential studio for students in grades 9-11 that focuses on producing a first-rate admissions portfolio.

Studio: Detroit HS
Studio: Detroit HS is an integrated architectural immersion education and mentoring program designed for highly motivated high school students. It is a unique opportunity for interested Detroit area high school juniors and seniors to learn about and explore the possibilities of a career as an architect as well as be matched to mentors in the field.

Youth Theatre Fellows: A Residential Summer Theatre Camp
The University of Michigan Detroit Center in partnership with Wayne State University's Theatre Department and Dance offer a unique opportunity for youth in grades 8-12 to immerse themselves into various aspects of the stage world. The week-long residential experience includes a day-trip to Stratford Shakespeare Festival and a tour of the U-M Theatre & Drama Department.

 

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

Camp Bluestem: An ECO Girls Summer Experience
Camp Bluestem provides girls ages 10 to 13 with a full schedule of field trips and hands-on activities to foster environmental awareness and stewardship, cultural education, self-confidence, and leadership skills. The camp is a 5-day overnight camp at the U-M Ann Arbor and the U-M Biological Station near Pellston, MI.

Camp Explorations
Camp Explorations is an interactive program at the Museum of Natural History that expands children's knowledge of natural history through experiments, crafts, and activities, with plenty of fun. Sessions are available for ages 6-11 and ages 8-12.

Camp Kinomaage
Camp Kinomaage is a week long program for Native American middle school students at the University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS). While at the UMBS, students explore a number of questions about science including issues related to ecology and archeology. Students also work with U-M Native American students and learn about the culture, language, and history of the Anishinabe.

Camp for R Programming for Current 7th Graders and Above
This camp provides statistical methods in the context of disease research. The camp is for current (2014-15) 7th graders and above (young women and men) who want to learn computer programming in relation to future biomedical applications. R is a statistical tool and programming language with excellent graphic options, useful in various application areas such as medicine, public policy, and economics. After R is introduced, the students will use R to statistically analyze patients' RNA expression data.

Campus Kinomaage
Campus Kinomaage is a Brand-New 3 day program for Native American High-School students who want to learn more about the University of Michigan and about Anishinaabe culture on campus. Through generous funding from the College of Literature, Science and the Arts and the Center for Educational Outreach all participants receive a FULL scholarship and transportation is provided from several pickup locations!

Computational biology camp for high school students
This camp is for current (2014-15) high school students (young women and men) who are interested in computer, math, biology, and medicine. The camp will focus on understanding how genomics plays a role in diseases and symptoms, how medical treatments can affect gene expression, and how to use computational biology to identify genes that may be linked to certain diseases or symptoms, particularly through TCGA (The Cancer Genome Atlas) Data analysis. This camp will expose high school students to career opportunities in biomedicine through hands-on experience in computational genomics and prepare them for the emerging era of medical genomics, in which all doctors must be well-acquainted with genetic discoveries, technologies, and applications.This camp is for academically motivated students finishing 8th-10th grade.

Computational Biology Camp for Current 8th Graders and Above
This camp is for current (2014-15) 8th graders and above (young women and men). The camp will focus on understanding how genomics plays a role in diseases and symptoms, how medical treatments can affect gene expression, and how to use computational biology to identify genes that may be linked to certain diseases or symptoms. The camp covers similar material to that of the 1st week of the June 2015 camp, but we will spend more time on basic genomics to accommodate students who have not taken first year biology in high school. The camps are for young women and men, rising 9th (current 8th) - 12th grades.

Computer Science Summer Camp - "It's All About the Music"
The College of Engineering's Computer Science Summer Camps "It's All About the Music" exposes rising 11th and 12th grade students to the wonder of computer science (CS). The program focuses on exploring CS in terms of real world problems and applications through challenging, hands-on learning experiences in areas such as mobile application development, platform game development, and music-centric applications of CS.

Earth Camp
The one-week Earth Camp for rising 10th grade students takes place at the University of Michigan and on field trips in Michigan and Ohio. While staying on campus, students will work in college science laboratories, learn from top University of Michigan professors, and find out more about science careers.

Electrify
Electrify Tech Camp consists of three individual week-long non-residential summer camps for high school students. The camp is run by Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at University of Michigan, and covers topics in sustainable energy, wearable electronics, and electronic devices that rely on light and lasers. Camp participants will be introduced to college-level topics at an introductory level suitable for any high school student with a strong interest in math and science. All program content will be taught by ECE faculty and graduate students, and will be combined with fun daily recreational activities. Interested students can visit Interested students can visit www.ece.umich.edu/electrify for dates and program information.

Girls in Science and Engineering (GISE)
GISE is a program that brings students finishing 7th and 8th grades to campus for one week during the summer. The students participate in hands-on projects in engineering, the human genome project, chemistry, physics, and space science as well as sessions on computers, careers, and ethics in science.

MiBytes
MiBytes computer camp is a commuter camp offered by the Computer Science and Engineering for rising 9-12th grader, or recent high school graduate. Students will dig into a variety of topics for 5 to 10 days depending on the program through engaging, hands-on projects that they will present at an Expo. Topics include app development, robotics, microcontrollers and cybersecurity. Students will also be immersed into the college experience through campus tours and field trips to local tech companies among other recreational activities. Programs include:

  • Tinkering with Mobile Apps
  • Game Design & Development
  • Hacking in a Digital World

Michigan Introduction to Technology and Engineering (MITE)
MITE is a residential program for current 9th and 10th graders. Participants will study mathematics, engineering concepts, communication skills, and academic study skills in regularly scheduled classes.

Michigan Math and Science Scholars (MMSS)
The Michigan Math and Science Scholars (MMSS), offered by the College of Literature, Science & the Arts, is an on-campus summer program that exposes students in grades 9th-12th to current developments and research in the sciences and encourages the next generation of researchers and discoverers to develop and retain a love of mathematics and science.

RobotC for Girls
RobotC is a one-week day program for students finishing 8th-12th grades. The camp introduces students to computer programming in a fun and supportive environment. Campers program Lego Mindstorm robots using C programming language.

Summer College Engineering Exposure Program (SCEEP)
Summer College Engineering Exposure Program (SCEEP) is a residential program for current 11th graders who will be high school seniors in the upcoming school year. It provides exposure to the University of Michigan, with a special emphasis on the College of Engineering experience.

Summer Engineering Exploration (SEE)
The Summer Engineering Exploration (SEE) Camp is a one week, residential camp for rising 9th- 11th graders interested in engineering. Students will spend the week applying engineering concepts to solve a variety of design challenges, as well as learn about numerous engineering disciplines. Hosted by the Society of Women Engineers and the College of Engineering at University of Michigan, SEE camp provides opportunities for the campers to discover the endless opportunities engineering has to offer.

SEP (Summer Enrichment Program) @ the MEZ (Michigan Engineering Zone)
The SEP @ the MEZ program is a two week commuter camp for current 7th and 8th graders held at the Michigan Engineering Zone (the MEZ) at the end of June for 50 students. This program is designed to take middle school concepts delivered in Science, Math and English classes in school and develop them in the minds of the students, so that they begin to identify the connections between their class curricula and the real world, its technology and its engineering.

Xplore Engineering program
Xplore Engineering is designed for alumni and their children or grandchildren entering the 4th through 7th grade. Through a series of experiential workshops, participants get hands-on experience in the field of engineering.

 

Health Professions

Genesis Project-EnACT Summer Program
Genesis Project-EnACT is a two-week residential experience sponsored by the School of Nursing. The purpose of the program is to expose rising 8th-11th graders to the field of nursing. Deadline to apply for this program is March 16. Applicants should be:

  • Middle or High School Students in grades 8-11 (in the 2015-2016 school year).
  • Particularly interested in a career in nursing.
  • Considered underrepresented in professional nursing including persons from specific racial and ethnic backgrounds, first generation college, rural areas, urban areas, educationally and economically low resourced communities, men, medically underserved communities, health professional shortage areas, etc.
  • Information & Application

For more information, please e-mail: TheGENESISProject@umich.edu

MI Health Sciences Academy
The Michigan Health Sciences Academy is a two-week residential experience that brings together rising 10th and 11th grade high school students throughout Michigan to experience campus and medical school life.

 

Language and Culture

Michigan Debate Institutes
Students at the Michigan Debate Institutes are instructed by the nation's most accomplished and experienced workshop faculty. The faculty is comprised of national champion high school and college coaches and outstanding intercollegiate debaters.

Camp Kinomaage
Camp Kinomaage is a week long program for Native American middle school students at the University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS). While at the UMBS, students explore a number of questions about science including issues related to ecology and archeology. Students also work with U-M Native American students and learn about the culture, language, and history of the Anishinabe.

Telluride Association Sophomore Seminar (TASS)
TASS offers 10th graders or rising 11th graders an opportunity to participate in one of two challenging six-week college-level courses in African American Studies and other fields.

Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP)
TASP offers 11th graders an opportunity to participate in one of four challenging six-week college-level humanities or social sciences courses at the University of Michigan or Cornell University.

 

Business

LEAD
The Leadership Education and Development Program in Business (LEAD) offers 11th graders a three week exposure to business concepts and careers through a variety of classroom activities and corporate visits.

Summer Discovery at Michigan
Summer Discovery offers 2, 3 or 5 week residential programs for high school students in academic areas such as Business, Community Service, Sport Management, Law, Writing, Music, and more! Open to students completing grades 9,10,11 & 12.