The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Summer opportunities for high school students

SENGI (Summer ENGineering Institute)

SENGI is a 2-week pre-college summer learning institute that allows young students to explore how engineers envision creative, practical solutions that benefit the everyday lives of people and the communities where they live. The students are exposed to numerous and varied topics and the application of science and engineering principles in chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, and mechanical engineering. These disciplines were examined through faculty presentations, guided discovery, and hands-on design activities.


For one week each summer, 20 rising 10th graders from surrounding states are invited to the UMass Amherst campus to attend the Massenberg Summer STEM Institute. As a collaboration between the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS), the College of Engineering, the College of Natural Sciences, and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, this program offers low-income students and students of color the chance to explore various areas in STEM with college students and professors who are also from backgrounds that are underrepresented in STEM—while living on campus and getting the feel for college life.

Engineering the Cell

Engineering the Cell is a summer program in the Peyton lab, exclusively for high school womxn. If accepted into the program, you will spend five weeks in the lab, learning about how engineers can make a difference in cancer research, working directly with Dr. Peyton and graduate students, and learning how to do cutting edge science. There is no cost to you to participate in the program—in fact you will receive a small stipend as part of your participation. Lunch is provided every day of the program as well, in addition to your stipend.