Summer Math and Science Honors Academy
What is SMASH? ¿Qué es SMASH?
- A three-year 5-week summer math and science enrichment program.
- For high achieving, low-income high school students of color.
- Focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
- Successful in preparing scholars for college and achievement in higher education.
- Free of cost.
SMASH scholars spend five weeks each summer at a SMASH site on a college campus (currently located at UC Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA and USC) immersed in rigorous STEM classes. SMASH Scholars live on campus for five weeks each summer (after their 9th, 10th and 11th grade years) with other high potential Black, Latino/a, Native American, Southeast Asian or Pacific Islander high school students.
SMASH scholars also receive year-round academic support including access to SAT prep online materials, college counseling, financial aid workshops and other activities to ensure continued academic success. SMASH is expanding to additional college campuses nationwide in the future.
- To encourage a sense of social responsibility through promotion of critical thinking, civic awareness and leadership.
- To prepare students of color from groups that are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to be competitive in STEM related studies at top universities.
- To educate students about graduate school opportunities and encourage them to eventually attend in order to further pursue professional, STEM-related studies or careers.