SMASH: The Summer Math and Science Honors Academy




Launched in 2004, SMASH started on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley with a focus on giving students who were disproportionately underrepresented in STEM the skills they needed to pursue a degree and a career in the field. The programming provided these students with access to the coursework and the science labs that were often unavailable in their school. Since 2004, SMASH has expanded to serve hundreds of students in Northern and Southern California.

The Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH) is a free of cost, STEM-intensive, college preparatory program for underrepresented high school students of color. SMASH boasts a rigorous 5-week, 3-year summer STEM enrichment program which provides access to rigorous coursework and access to mentors, role models, and support networks of students of color. SMASH scholars remain engaged during the school year through monthly STEM activities and workshops. The program not only reinforces the students' STEM academic identities, but also focuses on developing their critical thinking, civic awareness, leadership and sense of social responsibility.

Each summer, SMASH scholars spend five weeks on a college campus immersed in rigorous STEM classes. SMASH scholars live among other high-potential, underrepresented (African American, Latino/a, Native American, Southeast Asian or Pacific Islander, low-income, first-in-family to attend college) high school students.

In addition to their summer courses, SMASH scholars also participate in year-round academic programming, including SAT prep, college counseling, financial aid workshops, and other activities to ensure continued academic success.

Registration will begin again in the fall. Find out more about SMASH and the other programs Level Playing Field Institute offers here.


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