Ventures Scholars Member Institution Enrichment Programs

Smith College
Northampton, MA

Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP)
"Smith's Summer Science and Engineering Program has a mission: To encourage teenage girls with a bent for science to shine." The SSEP Program is a month-long enrichment program for talented high school girls with interests in science, engineering, and medicine. For eight decades, Smith College has ranked in the top 3% of 519 private colleges in graduates who go on to earn science Ph.Ds. In 1999, Smith became the first women's college to establish an undergraduate engineering program. The SSEP extends these strong traditions to girls still in high school. Central to the SSEP is a community that is rich in role models, cooperative, hands-on, investigative and challenging - where girls get all of the faculty's attention, all of the opportunities, and all of the encouragement to achieve their best. Open to students entering grades 9 - 12, the SSEP offers intensive research courses taught by Smith College faculty in astronomy, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, engineering, environmental science, women's health and writing.

Visit for more information. This is a residential program.

Prerequisites/Application Process:
This is a program for high school girls and students must be entering either 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. Application form, essay, current transcript, teacher recommendation, $50 fee (nonrefundable if accepted), and financial aid application. The application deadline is May 15, 2005.


Partial to full financial aid based on a student's demonstrated need. Complete the SSEP Financial Aid Application. The application can be found on the Web site.

Application Deadline:
May 15, 2005

Program Dates:
July 3, 2005 - July 30, 2005

Gail Scordilis, Ph.D.
Director of Educational Outreach
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063
Phone: 413-585-3060
Fax: 413-585-3068

*last updated 12/20/2004


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