Mission Statement

To provide high school students from traditionally underrepresented minority backgrounds the opportunity to develop a better understanding and appreciation of science by exposing them to an educational environment that is conducive to learning, motivating, challenging, and fun.

Core Beliefs

  • Science is all around us and a vital part of our lives.
  • All students are able to learn sophisticated principles of science and should be encouraged to enroll in science courses in high school.
  • Science knowledge is achievable for students from underrepresented minority backgrounds (African Americans, Hispanic, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders).
  • Students who are female are capable of and should be encouraged to enroll in science courses and pursue careers requiring a background in science and technology.
  • With many other career options available, the number of African American and Hispanic American males in science related fields is dwindling. Male students from these backgrounds should be encouraged to pursue careers in science and technology.
  • It is OK to be smart and be a high achiever, especially in the science, math, and technology areas.


Fees, Forms, and Deadlines

Registration will open for the 2023 Academy in January.

Students registering for the Summer Science Academy Program must submit a $300 deposit to secure a space. Program Fees are as follows:

  • Registration Fee is $1,300
  • $300 deposit and $25 application fee, for a total of $325, is due at the time of registration.
  • You may also choose to pay in full at the time of registration.
  • The remaining registration fee balance must be paid in full by May 10, 2023
  • Students from same household receive $100 discount. Once you have registered the first child online, please email us to receive a separate registration form for the second child.
  • Deposits will be applied towards the balance of the registration fee.
  • There is a fee of $50 if cancellation is made on or before May 3, 2023.
  • Cancellations made after May 5th will be assessed a $200 cancellation fee.

Forms:

  • A Release of Liability form is required.
  • A Media Release form is required.
  • Attendees and Parents/Guardians will receive a link to the forms to sign electronically after successfully registering online.

Testimonials

"This was an incredibly well-run camp! The learning modules, experiential sessions, mentoring, and faculty all made the girls (my daughter and niece) so excited each day. Thank you so much for this opportunity."

"The staff was very friendly and did a great job engaging our child and making her feel comfortable asking questions. Overall a great experience for our child."

"It was excellently coordinated. My student is now more than ever ready to go into sciences and is all thanks to the academy!"

For over 25 years, Summer Science Academy has been bringing Atlanta-area high school students from underrepresented backgrounds in medicine onto campus to open their eyes to the wonders of science. Now, a former participant from the 2011 group named Daeja Hamm is a second-year medical student at Emory.

FAQs

 

What are the hours of the Academy?

9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday (the Academy will not meet in observation of Independence Day on Tuesday, July 4, 2023)

How many students are in each session?

20-25

Do students stay on campus for the duration of the Academy?

No, Summer Science Academy does not have a residential component. It is a commuter-based program. Students must be dropped off and picked up each day.

Is the Academy open to students in the 9-12 grades?

Summer Science Academy is only open to students who will be an incoming 9th or 10th grade student. We do not accept incoming 11th or 12th grade students.

Can I switch my child from one session to another?

We prefer not to make changes if they can be avoided. However, we understand changes do arise. If space is available, we will make the proper accommodations.

Are refunds available?

Yes, refunds are available through May 6 - $50 cancellation fee applies. If refund desired after May 10, there will be a $200 cancellation fee.

Who will be teaching my student?

Qualified 1st and 2nd year medical students and/or teachers who have agreed to spend their summer cultivating the next generation of medical and health professionals.

Are students responsible for their own supplies?

We supply all of the materials, supplies, and fun for participants!

What are COVID-19 protocals for participation?

We strongly encourage that all students be fully vaccinated. Though not a requirement, full vaccination helps reduce the transmission of the virus among fellow students. Students will be required to wear a mask throughout the duration of the program.

Special Thanks to our 2021 Partner

Avantor Foundation