K-12 Summer Academic Opportunities

The University of Michigan offers many summer academic opportunities for youth. The opportunities below are not operated by CEO, but by U-M’s various schools, colleges and units. For the most comprehensive information about an opportunity, please visit an opportunity’s website or reach out to the contact listed.


Watson A. Young Scholarship

A need-based scholarship, the Watson A. Young scholarship program supports middle and high school students’ participation in University of Michigan academic summer opportunities. More
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Art/Architecture/Music
Health Professions
Language and Culture
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)


Art/Architecture/Music

ArcStart
Sponsoring Unit: Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning
Description: ArcStart is a three-week long residential program for high school students that 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.
Eligibility: Current 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students; Financial aid available for qualified applicants
Location(s): 
U-M Campus (Ann Arbor); Residential opportunity
Application Deadline: 3/15/2017
Contact: Katy Rapson | arcstartprogram@umich.edu  | 734-764-1649

Living Arts Summer Residential Lab (LASRL)
Sponsoring Unit: Living Arts, College of Engineering
Description: 
The Living Arts Summer Residential Lab (LASRL) is a 2-week interdisciplinary summer program for rising sophomore, junior and senior high school students. Explore the connections between disciplines and find out how each can compliment the other. LASRL participants will work on themed projects in interdisciplinary teams, with access to 3D printers, music studios and editing labs, photography and filmmaking equipment, museum tours and guest presenters in the visual and performing arts. Regardless of area of interest, students are sure to find the skills obtained in this summer program useful to their future endeavors.
Eligibility: 
Current 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students; Open to international students; Financial aid available for qualified applicants
Location(s):
U-M Campus (Ann Arbor); Residential opportunity
Application Deadline: 
4/28/2017
Contact:
Ruth Marsh | livingarts@umich.edu | 734-615-0046

MPulse Performing Arts Institutes
Sponsoring Unit: Youth & Adult Community Programs, School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Description:
MPulse Summer Performing Arts Institutes on the Ann Arbor campus, inspire high school students to exciting new levels of excellence in music performance, music technology, musical theatre, theatre, and dance. Sessions are designed for students who are considering studying these areas in college. Participants work with distinguished University of Michigan faculty and alumni while experiencing campus life in Ann Arbor. MPulse provides an opportunity for approximately 250 young musicians and performing artists to gain exposure to the rigorous training provided by the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD).
Eligibility: Current 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students; Open to international students; Financial aid available for qualified applicants
Locations: U-M Campus (Ann Arbor); Residential opportunity; Multiple sessions; See opportunity website for complete information.
Application Deadline: 1/17/2017
Contact: Robin Myrick | smtd-youthandadult@umich.edu | 734-936-2660

BFA Preview
Sponsoring Unit: Stamps School of Art & Design
Description: BFA Preview is a three-week residential studio for current high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Our students live on the historic U-M campus, make work in their own studio, and have access to state-of-the-art facilities. Under the guidance of Stamps faculty and staff, you’ll immerse yourself in studio work exploring both traditional and experimental media to produce a variety of projects. Students enhance what they are learning in the studio through field trips to the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, and the Detroit Institute of Art.
Eligibility: Current 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students; Open to international students; Financial aid available for qualified applicants
Locations(s): U-M Campus (Ann Arbor); Residential opportunity
Application Deadline: 4/1/2017
Contact: Michael Neville | nevimich@umich.edu | 734-764-0397

Portfolio Prep
Sponsoring Unit: Stamps School of Art & Design
Description: Portfolio Prep is a two-week residential studio for current high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Through integrative studio classes, students will gain firsthand knowledge about the college admission process and learn about the advantages of earning an art and design degree at a world-class university. Under the guidance of Stamps faculty and staff, students will focus on curating a competitive portfolio for their college application.
Eligibility: Current 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students; Open to international students; Financial aid available for qualified applicants
Locations(s): U-M Campus (Ann Arbor); Residential opportunity
Application Deadline: 4/1/2017
Contact: Michael Neville | nevimich@umich.edu | 734-764-0397

Portfolio Intensive: Drawing for Artists & Designers
Sponsoring Unit: Stamps School of Art & Design
Description: The ability to draw is essential for all practicing artists and designers. In Portfolio Intensive: Drawing for Artists & Designers, students will learn drawing concepts fundamental to contemporary art and design practice. Our participants will gain knowledge and experience in a variety of approaches, ranging from observational to experimental drawing. Each class session is structured as studio-drawing time, giving students ample opportunity to build their drawing skills and apply new concepts. Lectures, demonstrations, handouts, and slides will enhance covered material.
Eligibility: Current 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students; Financial aid available for qualified applicants
Locations(s): U-M Campus (Ann Arbor); Commuter opportunity
Application Deadline: 4/1/2017
Contact: Michael Neville | nevimich@umich.edu | 734-764-0397

Portfolio Intensive: Sculpture/3D Design
Sponsoring Unit: Stamps School of Art & Design
Description: Looking to stand out from the crowd? Adding 3D work to your portfolio can help! Students in Portfolio Intensive: Sculpture/3D Design will explore the fundamentals of form and space. Students will gain hands-on experience experimenting with materials, creating objects, and designing spaces. The majority of each class session is structured as studio time, giving students ample time to build their 3D skills and apply new concepts. Lectures, demonstrations, handouts, and slides will enhance covered material.
Eligibility: Current 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students; Financial aid available for qualified applicants
Locations(s): U-M Campus (Ann Arbor); Commuter opportunity
Application Deadline: 4/1/2017
Contact: Michael Neville | nevimich@umich.edu | 734-764-0397

Health Professions

Michigan Summer Sciences Pre-College Exposure Academy (MHSPEA)
Sponsoring Unit: Office of Health Equity and Inclusion
Description:
The Pre-College Exposure Academy program sponsored by the University of Michigan Health System’s Office for Health Equity and Inclusion brings together highly motivated rising 10th and 11th grade high school students to gain exposure to the University of Michigan and University of Michigan Medical School. Participants will take courses that help prepare them for successful college admissions and a career in health sciences.
Eligibility: Current 9th and 10th grade students; Free to all selected participants; Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale; Open to all students with an interest medicine and health disparities
Locations: U-M Campus (Ann Arbor); Residential opportunity
Application Deadline: 3/1/2017
Contact: Brandon Lucas | OHEIprecollegeprograms@umich.edu | 734-764-8185

Language and Culture

Telluride Association Sophomore Seminar (TASS)
Sponsoring Unit: College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Description: This summer, 28 intellectually curious high school sophomores (“rising juniors”) will participate in one of two challenging six-week college-level seminars on topics related to critical Black and ethnic studies at the University of Michigan. Telluride works with university faculty to create exciting courses designed to inspire young people to explore the histories, politics and cultural experiences of people of African descent and a variety of other topics. Because we believe that students should have the opportunity to pursue their ideals, we cover all the program costs, including tuition, books, room and board, field trips, and facilities fees.
Eligibility: Current 10th grade students; Open to international students; Financial aid available for qualified applicants
Location(s): Ann Arbor; Residential opportunity
Application Deadline: 1/10/2017
Contact: Michele Wogaman | mpd@tellurideassociation.org | 734-668-6039

Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP)
Sponsoring Unit: College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Description: Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP) is a free six-week experience for high school juniors designed to bring together young people from around the world who share a passion for learning. Students attend a seminar led by university faculty and participate in many other educational and social activities outside the classroom. Students attend TASPs because they want a personal and intellectual challenge, engaging with students from all kinds of educational backgrounds demonstrating intellectual curiosity and motivation, rather than prior knowledge of the seminar’s subject matter. TASPers participate solely for the pleasure and rewards of learning, not for grades or credit.
Eligibility: Current 11th grade students; Open to international students; Financial aid available for qualified applicants
Location(s): U-M Campus (Ann Arbor); Residential opportunity
Application Deadline: 1/24/2017
Contact: Michele Wogaman | mpd@tellurideassociation.org | 734-668-6039

Camp Explorations
Sponsoring Unit: Museum of Natural History, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Description: 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 4-12.
Eligibility: Children ages 4 to 12
Location(s): U-M Campus (Ann Arbor); Commuter opportunity
Application Deadline: 6/1/2017
Contact: Brittany Burgess | brchunn@umich.edu | 734-647-6421

University of Michigan Debate Camps
Sponsoring Unit:
 Dean of Students, Student Life
Description: We offer a debate camp for high school students from around the country and world. The camp focuses on public speaking, research, and critical thinking skills. Students stay in air-conditioned University residence halls, eat in University dining halls, and spend time throughout the day in University classrooms and the Shapiro Undergraduate Library. Each summer, approximately 300-400 students from 35 states and countries participate.
Eligibility: Current 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students; Open to international students; Financial aid available for qualified applicants
Location(s):
U-M Campus (Ann Arbor); Residential opportunity
Application Deadline: 6/1/2017
Contact: Aaron Kall | akall@umich.edu | 734-239-3996

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)

Michigan Math and Science Scholars (MMSS)
Sponsoring Unit: Department of Mathematics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Description: The MMSS program is a stepping stone for today’s high school student to become tomorrow’s university student. Students are able to use the first-class labs and technology at the University of Michigan while learning from their faculty, graduate students and advanced undergraduates. Students are given the opportunity to learn about exciting research in math and science with real-time information! Students will spend time in research and computer laboratories, as well as doing field work with their professors. They will catch glimpses of the amazing career possibilities in math and science that are open to anyone with a thirst to learn.
Eligibility: Current 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students; Open to international students; Financial aid available for qualified applicants
Location(s): U-M Campus (Ann Arbor); Residential opportunity
Application Deadline: 5/1/2017
Contact: Doreen Fussman | mmss@umich.edu | 734-647-4466

Summer Engineering Academy (SEA)
Sponsoring Unit:
 Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach, College of Engineering
Description: The Summer Engineering Academy is a collection of summertime programs for middle and high school students that introduce them to engineering disciplines through exciting real-world challenges.
Eligibility: Current 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th grade students; Financial aid available for qualified applicants
Location(s): Multiple sessions and locations. Commuter and residential opportunities. See opportunity website for complete information.
Application Deadline: 3/4/2017
Contact:  Hans Sowder | hsowder@umich.edu  | 734-647-7124

Electrify Tech Camp
Sponsoring Unit: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering
Description: Electrify Tech Camp is a series of three week-long commuter summer programs for high school students focusing on various aspects of electrical and computer engineering.  Camp participants will be taught by ECE faculty and students, and have the opportunity to work in U-M’s world-class lab facilities.  Each week includes all lab work, recreational activities, tours and lunch in a university dining hall.
Eligibility: Current 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students; Open to international students; Financial aid available for qualified applicants.
Location(s): Multiple sessions and locations. Commuter opportunity. See opportunity website for complete information.
Application Deadline: N/A
Contact: Ann Stals | amriggs@umich.edu | 734-764-9245

U-M Data Science Summer Camp
Sponsoring Unit: University of Michigan Institute for Data Science, University of Michigan Advanced Research Computing
Description: The University of Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) is hosting a Data Science Summer Camp for Detroit High School students;  August 7-11, 2017. The camp will be held at the U-M Detroit Center for an entire week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; attendance for all five days is expected. Students will learn the basic mathematics behind data science and experience real life applications. An interest is mathematics and art is encouraged and experience with trigonometry is recommended. There is no fee to attend and lunch is provided.  
Eligibility: 
Current 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students; Open to international students; No cost to participate
Location(s):
Detroit; Commuter opportunity
Application Deadline: 
4/18/2017
Contact:
Moira DowlingMIDAS-Camp@umich.edu  | 734-615-8945

MiBytes Computer Camps
Sponsoring Unit: Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science – Computer  Science and Engineering Division, College of Engineering
Description: MiBytes is a computer summer camp for high school students sponsored and run by the U-M Computer Science and Engineering Division. The program content is developed and taught by  U-M faculty and undergraduate students, and it is a great way for students to get an introduction to computer science in a fun and engaging way. There are 3 camps available: Tinkering with Mobile Apps, Game Design and Development, and Hacking in a Digital World.
Eligibility: Current 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students; Open to international students; Financial aid available for qualified applicants
Location(s): U-M Campus (Ann Arbor); Commuter opportunity; Multiple sessions. See opportunity website for complete information.
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted camp capacity allows.
Contact: Danielle Hicks | hickdani@umich.edu  | 734-764-2951

Center for Photonic and Multiscale Nanomaterials High School Research Program (C-PHOM HSRP)
Sponsoring Unit: Center for Photonic and Multiscale Nanomaterials, College of Engineering
Description: The C-PHOM High School Research Program begins in June with orientation, training, and matching of lab groups within the Center for Photonic and Multiscale Nanomaterials (C-PHOM) at the University of Michigan. The 8-week residential component on the U-M campus begins mid-June. The research is experimental, theoretical, and/or computational in the fields of nanophotonics, nanomaterials, and/or nanophysics. Students are strongly encouraged to use their research project as a springboard for various science fairs. Participants are provided with an intense and rewarding educational experience while earning a total of $2,800 over the course of the program.
Eligibility: Current 10th and 11th grade students
Location(s): U-M Campus (Ann Arbor); Residential opportunity
Application Deadline: 3/1/2017
Contact: Akesha Moore | akeshacw@umich.edu | 734-764-2284

Xplore Engineering
Sponsoring Unit: College of Engineering
Description: 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. Choose from 18 workshops ranging from nanotechnology to rockets.
Eligibility: Current 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students; Open to international students
Location(s): U-M Campus (Ann Arbor); Commuter opportunity
Application Deadline: 6/16/2017
Contact: Sandra Hines | hinesone@umich.edu | 734-647-5381

Computational Biology Camp for High School Students (CB Camp)
Sponsoring Unit: Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)
Description: This camp is for academically motivated current high school and 8th grade students 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.
Eligibility: Current 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. Open to international students; Financial aid available for qualified applicants
Location(s): U-M Campus (Ann Arbor); Commuter opportunity; Multiple sessions. See opportunity website for complete information.
Application Deadline: N/A
Contact: Jeehan Lee | JH1440@mircore.org | 734-657-4218

Biotechnology Camp for High School Students (BT Camp)
Sponsoring Unit: Women in Science and Engineering (WISE); Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery & Engineering (MICDE)
Description: 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.
Eligibility: Current 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. Open to international students; Financial aid available for qualified applicants
Location(s): U-M Campus (Ann Arbor); Commuter opportunity
Application Deadline: N/A
Contact: Jeehan Lee | JH1440@mircore.org | 734-657-4218

R Programming Camp for High School Students (R Camp)
Sponsoring Unit: Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)
Description: This camp provides statistical methods in the context of disease research. It is for current high school and exceptional 8th grade students 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.
Eligibility: Current 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. Open to international students; Financial aid available for qualified applicants
Location(s): U-M Campus (Ann Arbor); Commuter opportunity
Application Deadline: N/A
Contact: Jeehan Lee | JH1440@mircore.org | 734-657-4218

4-H Great Lakes & Natural Resources Camp
Sponsoring Unit: Michigan Sea Grant
Description: The 4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resource camp offers great outdoor hands-on learning experiences for students 13-15 years old. The annual camp runs for one week, held in late July or early August on the northern shores of Lake Huron in Presque Isle, Michigan.
Eligibility: Current 8th, 9th, and 10th grade students; Open to international students; Financial aid available for qualified applicants
Location(s): Presque Isle, MI; Residential opportunity
Application Deadline: N/A
Contact: Laura Potter-Niesen | potterla@msu.edu | 517-432-2963

Summer Discovery Cruises
Sponsoring Unit: Michigan Sea Grant
Description: Summer Discovery Cruises offer anyone interested in exploring Lake Erie, the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair the opportunity to get out on the water for an educational experience. Cruisers can learn about many aspects of the lakes, from lighthouses, shipwrecks, bootleggers and history and culture of the region to fish, ecology, restoration and wind, waves and water—and much more, depending on the cruise theme.
Eligibility: Current K-12th grade students
Location(s): Detroit; Commuter opportunity
Application Deadline: N/A
Contact: Steve Stewart | stew@msu.edu | 586-463-4332

Summer Engineering Exploration Camp (SEE Camp)
Sponsoring Unit: Society of Women Engineers; Office of Student Affairs, College of Engineering
Description: The Summer Engineering Exploration (SEE) Camp is a one week, residential camp for high school students interested in engineering. Hosted by the Society of Women Engineers at the University of Michigan, SEE Camp provides opportunities for the campers to discover the possibilities of engineering through engineering design challenges, departmental tours, and presentations from corporate speakers, student organizations, and admissions representatives. The program is a great way for students to explore different engineering disciples, enhance teamwork skills, meet UM students and faculty, gain insight into the professional aspects of engineering, and experience the diversity of life in Ann Arbor.
Eligibility: Current 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students; Open to international students; Financial aid available for qualified applicants
Locations: U-M Campus (Ann Arbor); Residential opportunity
Application Deadline: 2/23/2017
Contact: Shwetha Rajaram | swe.seecamp@umich.edu | 734-763-5027

Girls in Science and Engineering (GISE)
Sponsoring Unit: Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program
Description: The U-M WISE Girls in Science and Engineering (GISE) Camp is a summer day camp for students finishing grades 7 and 8 in June of 2017. Campers engage in exciting hands-on science and engineering activities throughout the week.
Eligibility: Current 7th and 8th grade students; Open to international students; Financial aid available for qualified applicants
Locations: U-M Campus (Ann Arbor); Commuter opportunity
Application Deadline: 4/7/2017
Contact: Jamie Saville | jsaville@umich.edu | 734-615-4455

Girls Code Camp
Sponsoring Unit: Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program
Description: The U-M WISE Girls Code Camp is a summer day camp for students finishing grades 8 through 12. The Girls Code camp introduces students to programming and programming concepts in a fun and supportive environment. The number of campers is limited to 30.
Eligibility: Current 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students; Open to international students; Financial aid available for qualified applicants
Locations: U-M Campus (Ann Arbor); Commuter opportunity; Multiple sessions; See opportunity website for complete information.
Application Deadline: 4/7/2017
Contact: Jamie Saville | jsaville@umich.edu | 734-615-4455

Seth Bonder Summer Camp in Computational and Data Science (CDS Camp)
Sponsoring Unit: Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering, College of Engineering
Description: The Seth Bonder Summer Camp in Computational and Data Science for Engineering is intended for high school students interested in engineering who have no or minimal background in data science and computer programming. The camp only requires that participants are able to use a browser and have the desire to learn computational and data science through meaningful and exciting applications, in machine learning, optimization, computational social science, and genomics.
Eligibility: Current 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students; Open to international students; Financial aid available for qualified applicants
Locations: U-M Campus (Ann Arbor); Commuter opportunity
Application Deadline: 5/15/2017
Contact: Tina Picano Sroka | tblay@umich.edu | 734-764-9407