What is SMASH: Pathways?

The Summer Math and Science Honors (SMASH) Pathways program is a free of cost, STEM engagement and exposure summer program for grade 8 students of color prior to their transition to high school. SMASH Pathways boasts a summer STEM enrichment program which provides access to hands-on activities, field trips, mentors and role models as students explore the breadth of opportunities in STEM.  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.

Launched in 2015, SMASH Pathways started on the campus of University of California at Davis with a focus on building STEM awareness for prospective SMASH Academy applicants and parents prior to applying and making the three (3) year commitment, with the most intensive period occurring over a five (5) week period during each summer of their high school experience.  

For a single summer, SMASH Pathways scholars convene at least twice a week over a six (6) to eight (8) week period for a series of STEM-focused experiential activities and workshops. Program participants are among other high-potential, underrepresented (African American, Latino/a, Native American, Southeast Asian or Pacific Islander, low-income, first-in-family to attend college) transitioning high school students.

In addition to the summer experience, SMASH Pathways scholars are also prepared and supported to apply to SMASH Academy during the academic year leading up to the opening of the program application.

2017 Pathways Dates

There are currently no SMASH: Pathways programs planned for Summer 2017. Please sign up for our newsletter to receive updates.


We are not currently accepting applications for SMASH: Pathways. 

Work for SMASH: Pathways

We are not currently hiring for SMASH: Pathways. Please consider applying for one of our SMASH Academy positions.

2016 Eligibility Requirements

1. Grade Level: Be in the 8th grade at time of application.

2.  Attend a public middle school or private middle school via scholarship.

3.  County Eligibility: Reside in Georgia in one of the following counties: Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, or Gwinnett.

There are no exceptions to these eligibility requirements.

Target Applicants

From groups traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics: African American, Chicano/Latino/a, 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 (i.e. qualifies for Free or Reduced Lunch program).