Student Opportunities in Science

Listed below are opportunities for Lower and Upper School students in science programs outside of Winsor. Many of the programs have fees but also offer financial aid. Students should go to the web links below to learn more about the individual programs, which include:

    • Opportunities at science field stations, museums, and universities
    • Competitions that include essay writing, art work submissions, or written or oral tests
    • Programs that occur during summer vacations and the academic year

For information about Winsor's Summer Student Research Program for Upper School students, please contact *  of the Science Department.


Research Internships

These are summer programs that provide students with opportunities to conduct research with scientists. (Upper school students only) Programs that Winsor students have participated in are designated by

Simons Summer Research Fellowship at Stony Brook  January deadline  Summer hands-on research program for current juniors in science, math, or engineering at Stony Brook University.

 Research Science Institute  January deadline  Summer program for talented juniors.  The program, cosponsored by the Center for Excellence in Education and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, selects 80 of the world's most accomplished juniors to participate in cutting-edge research at MIT.

Tufts University School of Medicine Teachers and High School Student Program  January 30 deadline  Summer research internships at Tufts University School of Medicine for students from underrepresented groups who live in Greater Boston.  Stipends are provided to participants. 

Broad Summer Scholars Program  January deadline  A six-week summer research program for rising seniors.  Students work with Broad Institute scientists conducting original research in chemical biology, cancer biology, or genetics. 

Ocean Exploration Trust Honors Research Program  February deadline  Seven-week summer research program for rising seniors.  Students work with scientists at the University of Rhode Island and conduct oceanographic research.

Sea S.T.A.R. High School Internship Program  Applications accepted November 26 - January 24  Two month internship for current juniors at The Chincoteague Bay Field Station.   Students help teach environmental programs and conduct a marine research project.

 Project Success at Harvard Medical School  February deadline  Summer research internships at Harvard Medical School for juniors and seniors who live in Boston or Cambridge and especially those students from underrepresented groups.  Stipends are provided to participants. Refer to attached files for program information and application. 2015 Project Success Brochure2015 Application

 The Jackson Laboratory Student Summer Program  February deadline  A nine-week summer research internship in Maine for students who have completed their junior year and are at least sixteen years old.  Housing and stipends are provided to participants.  Areas for independent research include genetics, neurobiology, and immunology. 

The Clark Scholars Program at Texas Tech University  February deadline  A seven-week summer research program for juniors and seniors.  Stipends and room and board are provided to participants. 

The Summer Science Program  Applications accepted December 15 - February 28  A five-week summer program in astronomy at campuses in New Mexico and California for current juniors who will have completed pre-calculus or calculus.  Applicants must be at least 15 by the start of the program.  Participants complete an independent research project and take college-level classes.

High School Summer Science Research Program at Baylor University  March deadline  Students complete research with university faculty.  Open to current juniors.

Young Scholars Program  March 30 deadline  Students conduct research in engineering laboratories at Northeastern University.  A one-month summer program open to current sophomores and juniors.

 Research Internship in Science and Engineering Program at Boston University  March 31 deadline  A six-week summer research internship for current juniors.

 Project SMART at University of New Hampshire   Summer research institute in July for current sophomores and juniors.  Students choose one of three areas to study:  biotechnology and nanotechnology, space science, or marine and environmental science.


Workshops & Short Courses

These are programs that may include short courses and hands-on learning experiences that provide students with an introduction to various scientific disciplines and techniques.  Most are summer programs but a few are short term workshops during the school year.  Many programs are open to Upper School students only. Those that also accept Lower School students are indicated by "LS-US".  A few programs are for middle schools students only and are designated by "LS". Programs that Winsor students have participated in are designated by

Women's Technology Program (WTP) at MIT  January 1 deadline  A four-week summer experience for current juniors to explore engineering and computer science through hands-on classes, labs, and team-based projects.

The Perry Initiative Program  January 22 deadline  A one-day, free workshop at Harvard University on February 15 for girls in grades 10-12 who are interested in learning about careers in medicine and engineering.  Hands-on activities and speakers from medical and engineering fields.  See attached file for more information.  Perry Initiative at Harvard

Sea S.T.A.R. Internship Program  January 30 deadline  Summer internship for current juniors at The Chincoteague Bay Field Station in VA.  Students explore marine habitats, develop a research project, and work with staff to provide environmental education programs.

Girls on Ice Expeditions  January 31 deadline  Outdoor program for girls at least 15 years of age.  Students learn about mountain glaciers and alpine ecology through scientific investigations. 

Internship Opportunities at the New England Aquarium January 31 deadline for summer internships Paid and unpaid internships for high school age students during the school year and in the summer.  

Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) at MIT  February 4 deadline  A six-week summer program for current juniors interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering especially those from minority backgrounds and other underrepresented segments of the population.  Students take courses and learn about careers in engineering and the sciences. 

Green Across the Pacific  February 1 start of application review  A summer field environmental and cultural exchange program at the University of Vermont for high school students from North America and China to improve environmental and cultural awareness and cooperation.

LS-US Boston University U-Design Online registration begins February 7 Summer, week long workshops in engineering for students currently in grades 6-9.

Marine Biologist in Training February 18 deadline  For students 13-17 at the New England Aquarium to learn about marine science and to build skills in leadership, problem solving, and environmental stewardship.  Program meets on Sundays in March and April.

SEA Science on the Cape  Rolling admissions  A 3-week summer program in Woods Hole.  High school students reside on campus and study the marine environment from scientific, historical, literary, and nautical perspectives.  Course includes laboratory and field work. 

Operation Catapult  Rolling admissions  A summer hands-on engineering program for current juniors at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana.  Students work with research faculty. 

 Cornell University Engineering Summer Programs for High School Students  March 1 deadlines Two summer programs for Upper school students:

  • CATALYST Academy  A week long summer program for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors from backgrounds (African American, Latino/a, or Native American)  typically underrepresented in science, engineering, and math
  •  Curie Academy  A week long summer program for rising sophomore, junior, and senior girls who excel in science and math.

Paper 2 Plastics at Boston College  An eight-week summer program for high school girls and underrepresented minorities in scientific research.  Students meet twice a week with professors and undergraduates to learn biological and chemical techniques related to processing recycled paper into  biodegradable plastics.  Paper to Plastics Application.pdf

 July Experience at Davidson College  March deadline  Summer enrichment residential program for current sophomores and juniors.  Students take laboratory courses on various topics in biology and chemistry. 

Ecological Project International: Research Expedition in Costa Rica March 20 deadline A two and half week summer program in Costa Rica for high school students. Learn about sea turtle conservation and the biodiversity of a Costa Rican rainforest. 

Marine Science and Nautical Training Academy (MANTA) March 1 deadline  A two-week summer coral reef biology course in the British Virgin Islands for rising juniors and seniors. 

Lincoln Lab Radar Introduction for Student Engineers (LLRISE) March 31 deadline  A two-week summer program at MIT's Lincoln Labs in Lexington, MA for current juniors.  Students engage in problem solving to build small radar systems.  

LEAD Summer Engineering & Computer Science Institutes April deadline A three-week summer program for sophomores and juniors from diverse backgrounds at Villanova University for engineering and Stanford, Caltech, or University of Virginia for computer science.  

  Harvard Medical School Medscience Program April 1 deadline  Students currently in grades 9-11 and who live in the Greater Boston area are eligible to apply to this week long summer program that teaches students about the human body and emergency medicine.

LS-US  Summer Educational Experience at Kent (SEEK) April 1 deadline  One - two week summer programs at the Kent School in Connecticut for students currently in grades 8-11.  Students use engineering to solve problems.

Advanced Biotechnology Institute at The Roxbury Latin School  Rolling admissions begin in April Summer laboratory-based curriculum in biotechnology for students in grades 9-12. 

Explore Engineering  April deadline  A one-week engineering program for current sophomores and juniors at the University of Connecticut in late June.  Students explore careers in engineering by working in small groups with faculty and graduate students. 

Summer Complexity and Modeling Program  Rolling admissions - Apply no later than April 21  Two-week science program at the Groton School in partnership with the Santa Fe Institute for current high school students.  Students analyze ecological data, use computer simulations, and conduct research.

Molecular Biology of Cancer and Neuroscience Workshops  Rolling admissions - Apply no later than April 25  Two-week summer programs for high school students 14-18 years of age at The Rosetta Institute of Biomedical Research at the University of California in Berkeley.  Students take classes and learn associated laboratory techniques. 

Frontiers April 30 deadline  A two-week residential summer program for girls currently in grades 10-11 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  Girls learn current laboratory techniques and explore unsolved problems related to engineering, math, science, and robotics.

  LS-US Smith College Summer Science and Engineering  Rolling admissions until May 1  A four-week program in July for girls with interests in science, engineering, and medicine who will be in grades 9-12 next fall.

Summer Sustainability Program at Colorado State University  Register April 15 - May 31  Week long summer programs for students interested in environmental issues.  Students work with professors and graduate students on research projects and visit several area national parks.

LS-US Field Studies for Sustainable Futures at Smith College  May deadline  A two-week interdisciplinary field course in July for students interested in environmental and sustainability issues.  Girls who will be in grades 9-12 next fall can apply. 

Boston University Summer Pathways in Science & Engineering for Girls  May 1 deadline  A summer week long program in July that explores science and engineering opportunities for rising sophomores and juniors.

LS The Artemis Project  May 1 deadline, 2014 applications available in late February  A 5-week summer computer science program at Boston University for girls currently in eighth grade. 

Biomedical Research Institute May 31 deadline A two-day summer work shop at Emmanuel College for current sophomores and juniors. Students will learn about biomedical disciplines and techniques associated with research projects in neuroscience, transplant surgeries, nanotechnology, and immunology.  See attached flyer for additional information.    Biomedical Research Institute Summer 2014  Check back for 2015 updates

LS Tech Savvy for Middle School Girls  June 1 deadline  A week long summer program (July 22-26) for girls currently in sixth or seventh grade. Hands-on activities in engineering, technology, and computer science.  Several Boston area universities host this program.

LS-US Acadia Institute of Oceanography  Summer marine science programs in Maine for students in grades 5-12.

 SEA Semester High School Summer Programs  Two 3-week summer marine science programs for sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  Students study marine and nautical sciences in classrooms and at sea aboard sailing vessels.

Shoals Marine Lab Summer High School Courses  Courses in marine environmental science and oceanography of the Gulf of Maine for high school students who have completed at least two years of high school level science courses.  The courses at the Shoals Marine Lab include classroom, lab, and field experiences.

 CityLab's Summer Biotechnology Program at Boston University  A week long hands-on workshop for students currently in high school to learn basic techniques and concepts related to DNA science.

 LS SPARK - Summer Science for Middle School at Brown University  One and two-week sessions for current 7th and 8th grade students that explores topics in science through experimentation and inquiry.

 Volunteer Positions at the New England Aquarium  Students must be at least 16 years old.  Year-round opportunities in many departments.

   S.E.T. in the City Science, Engineering & Technology  A one day event in April for girls currently in high school sponsored by Boston University.  Students participate in hands-on activities and have lunch with women scientists.  Participants visit several area universities, Biogen, and the Museum of Science.  A maximum of ten students per school will be admitted.   

Summer Institute in Leadership and Sustainability  A two-week summer program for 15-18 year old students interested in environmental issues at the Commonwealth Honors College of the University of Massachusetts.  Students participate in workshops and field trips, and design their own projects.

  LS-US John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY)  Summer programs for students in grades 5-12.  Courses offered that explore topics in science, engineering, and mathematics at John Hopkins University and several other universities, including some in Massachusetts.

LS Jr. Tech Making STEM Education and Careers Come Alive  One - four day workshops related to topics in marine biology, engineering, and computer science for students in grades 5-8.  All programs are located at facilities on Cape Cod.  Workshops offered on weekends during the school year and in the summer months.  Workshops include:

    • LEGO Mindstorms NXT System: students build and program robots
    • Rockin' Rockets: students build and test model rockets
    • Computer Game Developer: students design computer games
    • Model Boat and Nautical Navigation:  students use engineering-design techniques to build model boats
    • Animation Creation: students learn to create and animate characters, art, and objects.  Great background for creating your own movies, Apps, or computer games.

Ecology Project International  An international travel program for Upper Schools students with opportunities during the summer and academic year.  Programs include studying wildlife in Yellowstone National Park, observing whales in Baja, or investigating the ecology of sea turtles in Costa Rica.

The Creativity Lab Exp loring the Relationship Between Science and Art  A week long summer program in July for high school students at MIT.  Students must be at least 16 years old to participate.  Creativity and sources of inspiration will be explored with hands-on experiences in both science and art labs.  Register early, only 12 students will be accepted to this program.

Science Competitions

   These competitions include submission of essays or artwork, as well as oral and written tests focused on specific areas of science.  Several of the competitions are open to both Lower and Upper school students.  Those directed toward Upper School students only are indicated "US". Programs that Winsor students have participated in are designated by

US MIT Society of Women Engineers Essay Contest   November 13 deadline  A science essay contest for students in grades 9-12.  Students submit essays in response to a prompt related to science and/or engineering in a changing world.  Please refer to the web link for this year's essay question. 

Keep the Sea Free of Debris Art Contest  November 17 deadline  All lower school students (grades 5-8) are eligible to submit their artwork related to the theme, keep the sea free of debris, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Cool Science Visual Art Contest on Climate Change  November 21 deadline  Students in all grades are invited to submit artwork that addresses one of three questions related to climate change sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

The Dupont Challenge Science Essay Competition  January 31 deadline    A science essay competition for students in grades 7-12. 

Nautilus Patch Design and Essay Contest  January 30 deadline Students age 6-14 years old are eligible to submit their original art work as a design for the patch that Dr. Bob Ballard and his crew will wear on their uniforms during their summer-fall expeditions to explore the ocean.  

US Boston Regional Brain Bee  February Contest  A multiple choice test taken at MIT open to all students in grades 9-12.  All questions come from the Brain Facts book available on the contest website.  After the exam there is a keynote lecture by a MIT neuroscientist and lunch with scientists.  Qualifying students are eligible to participate in the National Brain Bee. 

Project CTCS Girls Competition February deadline  Girls in grades 6-8 are eligible to compete. The challenge is to build something using computer science and technology that can help solve an important social problem related to one of the following themes: global health, a safer world, or intelligent technology. Projects must be submitted by March 15.

US World of 7 Billion Video Contest   February 19 deadline  Submit a short video to illustrate the connection between population growth and one of the following global challenges: climate change, global poverty, or water sustainability.  All Upper school students are eligible.

Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest March 1 deadline  Students in grades 5-12 submit original art work related to endangered species in the United States.  Talk to your teacher if you plan to compete so they can register you for this competition.

US DNA Day Essay Contest  March 6 deadline  Students in grades 9-12 can submit an essay in response to a question related to genetics.  Please see the web link for this year's question.  Your teacher will submit your essay.  Sponsored by the American Society of Human Genetics.  

US USA Biology Olympiad (USABO)  Exam competition that tests knowledge in biology.  Please see Ms. Lima, Science Department, for more information.

 Young Naturalist Award  March deadline  A research-based science competition for students in grades 7-12.  Students plan and conduct their own scientific investigations that involve field work and submit an essay based on their work.

 MA Water Resources Authority Poster, Writing, and Video Contests  March deadline  Students can create a poster, video, or write an essay on a topic related to water resources.

US High School Physics Photo Contest  Submit entries March 7 - May 20  Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to submit photos that will be judged on the quality of the photo and the accuracy of the physics in the explanation that accompanies the photo.  Only 15 entries per school permitted.

US Living on the Ocean Planet Video Contest  March 20 deadline  Upper School students are eligible to submit a 1-3 minute video on a theme related to the ocean or freshwater. 

Cassini Scientist for a Day  April 17 deadline  An essay contest for students in grades 5-12. Winners participate in a live webcast with NASA scientists. Sponsored by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

  Beaver Dash  Register soon for April 26 event  High school students compete in a fast-paced design challenge to learn engineering principles.  Sponsored by the MIT Society of Women Engineers.  The event is for both boys and girls that work together in teams of 4-5.  Students do not have to enter the competition as a team.

Science Without Borders Challenge April 27 deadline  Students 11-19 years old are eligible to submit their original artwork designed to promote public awareness of the need to preserve, protect, and restore the world's oceans.

Marine Art/Poster Contest May deadline  An annual competition open to students in grades 5-12 that celebrates the resources of the National Marine Sanctuary located off our coastline, Stellwagen Bank.  Students submit original illustrations or computer graphics related to the contest theme.  Sponsored by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and MA Marine Educators.  Marine Art Contest 2015.pdf

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies Earth Day Photo & Essay Contest May deadline Students in grades 5-8 are eligible to submit a photo and essay for this contest. To enter students must take a photograph that depicts environmental change in their local environment anytime between April 14-25 and write an essay about the change documented in the photograph. Earth Day is April 22. 

US Thacher Environmental Research Contest May deadline Students in grades 9-12 can submit a research proposal that uses satellite remote sensing to investigate climate change and the changing planet. Sponsored by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies. 

Structural View of HIV/Aids: A Video Challenge for H.S. Students  May 31 deadline  Individual or teams of high school students submit a short video (<2 minutes) related to HIV/AIDS.  The video must include material related to the molecular mechanisms of HIV/AIDS.  All submissions require a faculty advisor.  Sponsored by the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics.

From the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Contest  June deadline  A contest related to ocean awareness and stewardship for students in grades 6-12.  Submit original art work, poetry, an essay, or a video related to the topic of plastic pollution in the ocean.  Students can compete as individuals or in groups.  Go to the website to learn about this year's theme.

Science Summer Camps

These day and overnight summer camps focus on engaging students in hands-on science.  Most are directed towards Lower School students. Programs that Winsor students have participated in are designated by

 Massachusetts Audubon Summer Camps  Overnight and day camps for students in both Lower and Upper School grades to explore the natural world.

Green Power & Farm and Forest Summer Programs  Two programs for children in both Lower and Upper School grades at the Land's Sake Farm in Weston.  Students engage in activities related to sustainability and farming.

Advanced Robotics Camp  Registration begins in February  An week long residential camp in July for students currently in grades 5-7 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  Some prior experience with robotics is expected.  

Earth Camp March deadline  Students currently in grades 6-8 explore the interdependence of living things by exploring issues related to water resources and sustainability in Arizona.

Camp Reach  April 15 deadline  A two-week residential camp for girls currently in grade 6 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  Girls will learn and use principles of engineering design to solve on a "real problem".

 Harbor Discoveries Camps at the New England Aquarium  Summer programs that explore the natural world for students currently in grades 5-9.

iD Tech Camps  Various programs for students in both Lower and Upper School grades interested in computer programming, app development, robotics, and gaming.  The camps include day programs as well as overnight experiences ranging from one-three weeks long.  These summer programs are offered locally on the campuses of MIT and Harvard University.

 Whale Camp at the Fundy Marine Science Institute  For students 10-17 years old.  One - three week long programs where students learn about marine mammals and marine ecology.

Ocean Adventures Residential Camp  Various summer experiences that explore topics in marine biology for students in grades 5-12 at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station of the Marine Science Consortium in VA.

EXPLO Two-three week summer programs for students in grades 5-12 at Wellesley College, Wheaton College, and Yale University.  Various programs including computer programming, engineering,  medicine, biology, chemistry, and physics.  

Sci-Tech Camp  Science, technology, engineering, and math-focused summer camp for students entering grades 5-10 at the Dexter-Southfield School.  Several week long programs offered.

Girl's Adventures in Mathematics, Science, and Engineering (G.A.M.E.S.)  Applications accepted until April 15.  A week long program to explore science and engineering for academically-talented girls currently in grades 8-11 on the University of Illinois campus at Urbana-Champaign.

Camp KAOS  Three-six day space camps for students currently in grades 5-8.  Students explore robotics, rocket science, and astronomy at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center.

Bernard Harris Science Summer Camp Two-week, no-cost camp for students currently in grades 5-7.  Camps are located at various college campuses around the country.  Hands-on experiences for students focusing on science, technology, engineering and math.

National Flight Academy Ambition Program  Six-day program in Pensacola, FL.  Students in grades 7-12 work to complete a mission using science, technology, engineering and math skills.

STEM in the City Summer Camp  A week-long summer camp with activities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at Wheelock College in July for students currently in 7th and 8th grade.

 i2 Camp  A summer day camp for Lower School students with week long programs that focus on topics in science, technology, and engineering at The Roxbury Latin School and St. Mark's.

 Near Peers - Upper School Camp Assistants  Students who will be at least 16 years old at the start of camp and are interested in teaching S.T.E.M curriculum to middle school age children at the summer i2 Camps at The Roxbury Latin School or St. Mark's are encouraged to apply.  Near Peers will work with teachers to teach the curriculum at the camp.  The training in NY is not required for student Near Peers. 

Boston Leadership Institute Summer science programs for students currently in grades 7-12.  Students register for day programs that explore topics in biology, chemistry, physics, psychology or engineering.  The one week and three week programs are held at the Dana Hall School in Wellesley.

Contact Information

Students should talk to their science teachers for further information on science opportunities.

For comments about this page, please contact:
Gail Lima
The Winsor School
Science Department