The application cycle for the Summer STEM Institute is now closed. Applications for the 2021 Summer STEM Institute will open in November. You can view distinguished projects from the 2020 Summer STEM Institute here.

Summer STEM Institute

A virtual institute to train future scientists, leaders, and entrepreneurs

June 21st-August 1st, 2020


Making research and mentorship accessible to high school students.

The Summer STEM Institute (SSI) is a 6-week virtual summer program that will run from June 21 to August 1, 2020. SSI consists of (1) a data science and research bootcamp, (2) a Masterclass lecture series, and (3) a mentored research project.

SSI Bootcamp: learn how to design and conduct a data science research project.

Pursuing data science research in high school is hard. Many students are scientifically curious and want to explore computational research projects but often lack the right training to do so. The SSI Bootcamp was designed to empower motivated high school students with the training to conduct computational research projects.

Learn more about the Bootcamp syllabus and instructors here.

Franklyn Wang

Harvard University

Harvard Teaching Assistant,
Mentor of 2019 Science Talent Search (STS) 3rd Place Winner

Anne Lee

Stanford University

Research Science Institute (RSI) Top Project

Alex Tsun

Stanford University

Stanford Teaching Assistant,
former AI Researcher at LinkedIn

Adam Pahlavan

Stanford University

Stanford Course Assistant,
former AI Researcher at NVIDIA

Masterclass lecture series: learn from the experiences of top students and graduates.

In addition to Bootcamp, SSI will host a unique Masterclass advice seminar featuring 30+ highly accomplished young adults. Our speaker list includes Forbes 30 Under 30 inductees, International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) and Science Talent Search (STS) grand prize winners, and students who were accepted into numerous elite universities.

Learn more about the Masterclass series and a full list of speaker biographies here.

Jenny Xu


Forbes 30 Under 30,
Gaming Category

Amol Punjabi

Harvard University

1st Place in nation,
Science Talent Search
($150,000 scholarship)

Jessica Pointing

Harvard University

top 5% undergraduate GPA at Harvard, Stanford PhD student in quantum computing

Dhruvik Parikh

Stanford University

Top 3 in nation,
International Science & Engineering Fair ($50,000 scholarship)

Research Project: complete a data science research project.

SSI applicants can optionally apply to conduct a data science research project over the course of the 6-week summer program. SSI will match research project students with a mentor and topic in their scientific field of interest. SSI mentors specialize in different fields of science and have extensive experience with data science research and science fairs.

Learn more about the SSI research project process and our mentoring team here.