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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. Deadlines for financial aid and scholarship consideration may be earlier than listed here. 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

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.


Simons Summer Research Fellowship at Stony Brook January 18 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 23 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.


CURE Program February deadline A summer cancer research program sponsored by the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. Eligible applicants must be at least 16 years old at the start of the program and either be from a racial/ethnic group that is underrepresented in the sciences OR be from an economically disadvantaged home.


Basic Science Partnership High School Fellowship Program February deadline An eight-week summer internship in a research laboratory at Harvard Medical School for junior and senior-level students.


Sea S.T.A.R. High School Internship Program 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. Project Success 2017 Application

The Jackson Laboratory Student Summer Program February deadline A nine-week summer research internship in Bar Harbor, ME for students interested in genetics and have completed their junior year. Housing and stipends are provided to participants who must be at least 16 years old.


The Clark Scholars Program at Texas Tech University February deadline A seven-week summer research program for students who will be at least 17 years old at the start of the program in June. Stipends and room and board are provided to participants.


Research Internship in Science and Engineering Program at Boston University February 28 deadline A six-week summer research internship for current juniors.


Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Summer Program March deadline An interdisciplinary five-week summer research program in biology, computer science, and math at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Current sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply to this program.


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

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

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

Teen Genes Video Contest November 13 deadline Students 14 - 18 years old are eligible to submit a 3-5 minute video related to any current genetics application. Submissions can be from individual students or groups of students. The event is sponsored by the American Society of Human Genetics, however, the topic of your video does not need to be limited to human genetics.


Keep the Sea Free of Debris Art Contest November 30 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 December 02 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.


Youth Making Ripples Film Festival December 05 deadline Students of all ages are encourage to submit a film less than 5 minutes on a topic related to the marine environment. Winners earn a chance to participate in shark-tagging research.


Nautilus Patch Design and Essay Contest January 31 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 Regional Brain Bee Register now for this contest in February. Open to all students in grades 9-12. Questions for the bee come from the Brain Facts book available on the contest website. After the exam there is a keynote lecture by a neuroscientist. The winner and their chaperone will receive a 3-day trip to Baltimore to participate in the National Brain Bee. Competitions at Tufts University and University of MA Medical School in Worcester.

Cassini Scientist for a Day February 24 deadline An essay contest for students in grades 5-12
related to data collected by the Cassini spacecraft. Winners participate in a live webcast with NASA scientists. Sponsored by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.


Project CTCS Girls Competition February deadline Girls in grades 6-8 are eligible to compete. Described as a hackathon for girls, 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 April 15.

US World of 7 Billion Video Contest February 23 deadline Open to students in grades 6-12. Submit a short video to illustrate the effects of population growth on global environmental challenges.

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 10 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.


MA Water Resources Authority Poster, Writing, and Video Contests March deadline Lower School 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 1 - May 15 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 18 deadline Upper School students are eligible to submit a 1-3 minute video on a theme related to the ocean or freshwater.


Genes in Space April 20 deadline Students in grades 7-12 can work individually or as a team to design an experiment to be conducted in space. Winning contestants will attend Space Biology Camp, be assigned a mentor for their project from Harvard or MIT, and have their experiment conducted aboard the International Space Station.


US 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 24 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 April 28 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. 2017 Marine Art Contest Brochure

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.


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.

Workshops and 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.

Girls on Ice Expeditions late January deadline Outdoor program for girls at least 16 years of age. Students learn about mountain glaciers and alpine ecology through scientific investigations.

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

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program Apply early for this seven-week summer computer science program for girls currently in grades 10 or 11.


Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) at MIT February 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 early February Summer, week long workshops in engineering for students currently in grades 7-10.

Marine Biologist in Training February 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.

Beaver Works Summer Institute A rigorous hands-on summer STEM program at MIT for current juniors.


SEA Science on the Cape Rolling admissions A three-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 April 15 deadline 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

Several summer programs for Upper School students:

  • CURIE Academy March deadline A week long summer engineering program for current sophomore or junior girls who excel in science and math.
  • CATALYST Academy March deadline A week long summer program in science, engineering, and math for current sophomores or juniors from diverse racial, socioeconomic, or geographic backgrounds.
  • Cornell Engineering Experience May deadline A six-week summer program in engineering that includes coursework and laboratory exploration for current sophomores and juniors.
  • Fabricating the Future: Robotics and Artificial Intelligence April deadline A two-week summer program for current sophomores, juniors, or seniors to explore the technologies related to robotics, gaming, and artificial intelligence.

Paper 2 Plastics at Boston College An eight-week summer program for highs school girls and minorities underrepresented 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.

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.

Molecular Biology of Cancer and Neuroscience Workshops Rolling admissions - March deadline for scholarship consideration Two-week summer programs for high school students 14-18 years of age at The Rosetta Institute of Biomedical Research at the Universities of California in Berkeley and San Diego. Students take classes and learn associated laboratory techniques.

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.


LS-US Summer Marine Lab Experience March 05 deadline A one-week, free (including travel expenses) summer program at the University of Southern California Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island for students currently in grades 8 - 10. Students work with marine scientists and conduct independent research projects. Preference given to students who will be first in their family to attend college.

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.


LS-US LEAD Summer Engineering & Computer Science Institutes March deadline One-three week long summer programs for students from diverse backgrounds to engage with topics in engineering at Villanova University and computer science at Stanford University or the University of Virginia. Programs available for students currently in grades 8-11.

LS You GO Girl! A four-day summer engineering workshop sponsored by the Edgerton Center at MIT for girls currently in 8th grade.


Cambridge SciSearch Summer School Programme at the University of Cambridge, UK for students 16-19 years old interested in the sciences, mathematics, or computer science. Students take courses and participate in research activities during this two-week summer program. Applicants are encouraged to apply by March 01.


LS-US Girls STEM Summit Register early for this event in April Girls currently in grades 8-12 can attend this event to learn about STEM-related careers by engaging in hands-on activities and meeting with women who work in STEM-related fields. The one-day summit will be held at Regis College in Weston, MA.


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.


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


LS CampBio April registration A week long summer program sponsored by The Whitehead Institute at MIT for students currently in sixth and seventh grade. Students will learn how methods in ecology, genetics, and chemistry are utilized to answer important questions with hands-on learning experiences.


Engineering Design Workshop at Dartmouth College A two-week summer hands-on program for students currently in grades 10 and 11.

LS-US Smith College Summer Science and Engineering May deadline (March 1 deadline for financial aid consideration) A four-week program in July for girls with interests in science, engineering, and medicine who are currently in grades 8-11 .

LS-US Field Studies for Sustainable Futures at Smith College May deadline (March 1 deadline for financial aid consideration) A two-week interdisciplinary field course in July for students interested in environmental and sustainability issues. Girls who are currently in grades 8-11 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 girls currently in 10th or 11th grade.

LS The Artemis Project May 1 deadline A five-week summer computer science program at Boston University for girls currently in eighth grade.


Sustainable Ocean Studies May 1 deadline Three-week summer program in Portland, ME for students currently in 9th-11th grade. Students complete work in the lab and in the field to investigate topics related to the ecological, cultural, and economic stability of the Gulf of Maine.


LS-US Engineering Design Workshop Applications available in May A four-week summer engineering workshop sponsored by the Edgerton Center at MIT for students currently in grades 8-11 and who also live in Cambridge or Boston.


LS-US Coastal Ocean Science Academy May deadline Summer programs in marine biology at Northeastern University's marine lab in Nahant. For students currently in grades 6-11. Scholarships available.


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.


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 explore topics in science through experimentation and inquiry.


LS-US STEM II at Brown University Two-week summer courses in STEM-related fields for current 8th and 9th grade students.


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.

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 in the U.S. and in Hong Kong.

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.

Summer Pre-College Programs at UMass Amherst Residential summer program for high school students interested in the sciences including astronomy, neuroscience, forensic chemistry, engineering, biotech, and forestry.

The Creativity Lab Exploring 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.


LS-US Adventures in Veterinary Medicine Programs for middle and high school students interested in veterinary medicine at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Grafton, MA. One-week programs for 7th and 8th graders and two-week courses for high school students.


Boston Leadership Institute One and three-week summer research programs in biology, psychology, chemistry, physics and engineering.

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.


Acadia Institute of Oceanography Summer Camp One-two week long programs for students in both Lower and Upper School grades to explore topics in marine biology with hands-on learning in the field and in the laboratory on Mount Desert Island in Maine.


CampBio April registration A week-long summer program sponsored by The Whitehead Institute at MIT for students currently in sixth and seventh grade. Through hands-on learning students will learn how methods in ecology, genetics, and chemistry are utilized to answer important questions.


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 week-long summer camp for students 9-14 years old at the Dexter-Southfield School.


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.

Cosmosphere Space Camps 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 One or two week-long summer camps with activities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at Wheelock College in July for students currently in 7th and 8th grade.


Museum of Science Summer Week-long summer programs for students currently in class 1-3.


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.

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.

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