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Summer Programs

Internship Programs

Summer Internship Program at RIT’s Center for Imaging Science (CIS): The program offers a limited number of highly qualified juniors the opportunity to work side-by-side with world class scientists on a variety of imaging-related research projects, such as optics, astronomy, medical imaging, and vision science. These unpaid internships give students the chance to conduct research in a laboratory setting as contributing members of a research team. Participation in this program is free, and students are responsible for their own food, transportation, and housing.
Visit to learn more and apply. All application materials are due by March 6, 2020.

Virginia Tech Leadership Program:  Virginia Tech invites talented, high-achieving and intellectually curious rising high school juniors and rising seniors to apply to participate in a summer, residential, academic leadership program at the Virginia Tech main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia.  
Black College Institute (for rising seniors) will offer five-day sessions twice during the summer of 2020:  June 14 -June 19 and June 21- June 26.
Black College Institute (for rising juniors) will offer a three-day session for the summer of 2019: June 28 - July 1.
All programs are FREE of cost to students!
Application closes: April 1, 2020

Summer Programs

Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester Photon Camp: The Photon Camp is a free, one-week program where rising high school juniors and seniors can explore the growing field of optics and optical engineering. Students spend the week attending faculty lectures, visiting local optics industry sites, and working in the Institute of Optics laboratories.
June 22-26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP): STEP is a New York State funded program for high school students who are economically disadvantaged or from underrepresented backgrounds. The program is designed to stimulate participants' interest in career development opportunities in medicine and the health care professions. STEP students have the opportunity to work directly with physicians, technical staff, certified teachers, medical, and graduate students. Students are exposed to a variety of academic and professional skill development opportunities to enhance their problem solving, critical thinking and test taking skills with an emphasis on active or "hands-on" learning.
Summer STEP Applications deadline – April 1, 2020 at 4 pm EST
Summer STEP Program Dates – July 6, 2020 - July 31, 2020

For more information and application see website:

University of Rochester Pre-College Experience in Physics:  The PREP program offers a unique exploration of the world of science.  PREP is designed for 9th and 10th graders with no prior experience in physics.  Through lectures and hands-on experiences, participants explore subjects such as mechnics, electricity and magnetism, optics, thermodynamics, superconductivity, quantum mechanics and astronomy.
July 13 - July 24   9 am - 4 pm
There is no fee for the program.  The application is due April 30th. Application:  prep_application_form.pdf
For more information
see website:

MCC Summer Humanities Seminar: MCC will provide an opportunity for up to thirty regional high school sophomores and juniors to participate in a free, high quality educational experience facilitated by accomplished MCC humanities professionals. This unique educational opportunity will allow students to explore critical ideas and complex problems facing our world and collective humanity through a humanistic lens – in a college learning environment comprised of their peers.

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