What is SMASH?

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, fully residential STEM enrichment program which provides access to STEM coursework and access to mentors, role models, and support networks of students of color. Each summer, SMASH scholars spend five weeks on a college campus immersed in STEM and 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 remain engaged during the school year through monthly STEM workshops and academic programming. This includes SAT prep, college counseling, financial aid workshops, and other activities to ensure continued academic success.

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.

Download the SMASH 2016 Scholar data sheet

Where is SMASH?

SMASH Academy was founded at the University of California, Berkeley in 2004. Since then, it has expanded across the Bay Area to Stanford University and into Southern California at UCLA. Our newest California location opened 2016 at the University of California, Davis. In 2017, SMASH will be offered at our first out-of-state university site, Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Coming 2017 

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Eligibility Requirements

1. Grade Level: Be in the 9th grade at time of application.

2.  Math Skills: Have strong mathematics skills appropriate for your grade level, as determined by the SMASH math assessment (administered to all SMASH applicants in March).

3.  Attend a public high school or private high school via scholarship.

4.  County Eligibility:

Reside in California in one of the following counties:

  • SMASH Berkeley or SMASH Stanford: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, or Solano
  • SMASH UCLA: Los Angeles
  • SMASH Davis: Sacramento, Solano, or Yolo

Or in Georgia in one of the following counties:

  • SMASH: Morehouse College: Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett

5. Applicants to SMASH: Morehouse College must identify as male.

Target Applicants

From groups traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics: African American, Chicano/Latinx, Native American, Filipino, Pacific Islander, Southeast Asian (i.e. Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, Vietnamese) or mixed race/multiracial groups with at least one parent from the above ethnicities.

First-generation college students This means that neither one of your parents received a bachelor’s or 4-year degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university in the United States. If you have a sibling in college you are still first generation. If your parents took some courses, but did not complete a degree you are still considered first generation; and

From a low-income family (e.g. qualifies for Free or Reduced Lunch program).

2017 Academy Dates

SMASH Berkeley: June 17 – July 22, 2017

SMASH Davis: June 24 – July 29, 2017

SMASH Morehouse: June 10 – July 15, 2017

SMASH Stanford: July 1 – August 5, 2017

SMASH UCLA: June 24 – July 29, 2017

SMASH 2018 dates will be posted by November 1. Please use the above dates as a reference until then.


The application for SMASH 2018 will open on November 1, 2017 and will close on March 1, 2018. Please check back then for application information or sign up for our newsletter for updates.

Work for SMASH

The Programs Team at LPFI will be seeking passionate educators, facilitators, mentors and high-energy professionals to join our instructional and residential teams at SMASH Academy. Positions will be posted beginning in the fall.