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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.

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


ArcStart is a three-week long residential program for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors as well as rising college freshman. The program offers students the opportunity to explore the built environment firsthand through an introduction to architectural design. Participants will experience the rewarding intensity of an engaging college architecture studio, partake in skill-building workshops that reinforce analytical and conceptual problem solving skills, and visit architecturally significant projects in Ann Arbor and the immediate region.

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.

Living Arts Summer Residential Lab
The Living Arts Summer Residential Lab is a 2-week interdisciplinary summer program for rising sophomore, junior and senior high school students who have an interest in engineering, architecture, visual and performing arts, or filmmaking, as well as other making disciplines. Students will learn various approaches to creative process in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment and explore the connections between these disciplines, discovering how each can compliment the other. Creative process skills are critical in addressing the challenges of the 21st century. Moreover, creativity and innovation currently rate among the top five skills sought by U.S. employers

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.


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 FEBRUARY 29, 2016. Applicants should be:s

  • Middle or High School Students in grades 8-11 (in the 2016-2017 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 undeserved 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.

Profile for Success Pre Dental Program
The Profile for Success (PFS) Program is a four-week residential program held from May 24th to June 19th, 2015. PFS prepares college juniors, seniors, recent graduates, or individuals who are making a career transition and are on track to enter dental school the academic year following their participation. Preparation for the DAT is the main focus of this program. Participants will spend the majority of their time in preparatory classes or facilitated study groups. In addition to exam preparation, students will participate in admission workshops, simulated clinical and lab experiences, panel discussions on health disparities and lectures about various careers in dentistry and related health careers. Each participant is assigned a dental student mentor, and there are formal and informal opportunities for participants to interact with faculty and staff.


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.


Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

Biotechnology Camp for High School Students
This camp combines UNIX usage, wet-lab experiments, and thermodynamics calculation of nucleotide hybridization to teach current nucleotide biotechnology (qRT-PCR, microarray, next-generation sequencing). Wet-lab experiments will include PCR and gel-electrophoresis. As part of the camp, students will be encouraged to make a plan using new technology or improve technology, design it, and pitch the idea. No prior knowledge besides of DNA and RNA is necessary except for students' motivation.

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 8th Graders and Above
This camp provides statistical methods in the context of disease research. It is for current (2015-16) high school and exceptional 8th grade students (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 assess current biomedical problems and identify useful tools for research. Students will be encouraged to write a program to aid in biological research and to share the program online as authors such as through GitHub.

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 academically motivated current (2015-16) high school and 8th grade students (young women and men) interested in computer, math, science, and medicine. The camp will focus on the role of genomics in diseases and symptoms and guide students to perform computational biology research using patient RNA expression data to identify genes related to certain diseases. There will be a separate basic genomics session to accommodate students who have not taken first year high school biology. This year, students will have a chance to experience wet-lab experiments.

Data Science Summer Camp
Fourier series representations are one of the most important tools in mathematical analysis. In this camp, we'll use Fourier series to create art, diagnose disease, and play detective. Students will learn the basic mathematics behind Fourier series and use them to tackle data science problems by starting with simple building blocks and scaling up the complexity. Any high school student can apply, with a special focus on Juniors and Seniors. Interest in mathematics and art is strongly encouraged; experience with trigonometry recommended. The camp will be full day, and attendance is expected all five days. There is no fee to attend and lunch is provided

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 Tech Camp consists of three individual week-long commuter summer programs for high school students. The camp is run by Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at University of Michigan, and covers topics in sustainable energy, nano fabrication and wireless sensors. Camp participants will be introduced to college-level topics at an introductory level with no prior experience required. All programs are taught by ECE faculty and graduate students, and include daily meals, recreational activities and campus tours. ECE@Michigan is pleased to offer the following programs: Power Up, Nano-Size It, and Sense It. 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 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)
SEP is a two week commuter camp for current 7th and 8th graders. It 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. There will be 1 session of SEP at the Ford Resource and Engagement Center (FREC) in SW Detroit. Centered on the theory of photosynthesis, respiration, energy capture, storage and transfer, the students will be taken through a curriculum that starts on day one with identifying and understanding the structure of plants and finishes with researching the cutting edge technology currently being developed that both mimics and utilizes photosynthesis in alternative energy capture, storage and transfer. The program will include a visit to an engineering campus for workshops by the college's students, staff and faculty that focuses on what engineers do.

Xplore Engineering Program
Xplore Engineering is designed for alumni and the children in their life entering the 4th through 7th grade. Through a series of experiential workshops, participants get hands-on experience in a variety of engineering disciplines. Workshops range from nanotechnology to rockets, and include 16 topics to choose from. Find out if your child is a budding engineering.