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Summer Programs

Throughout the year, various organizations mail or email summer program information to our Counseling Suite. Please look below to find a program just right for you! 

In-State Summer Programs :

UAB School of Engineering Summer Camps

Please check out the link to the UAB Summer Camps in Engineering: UAB Engineering Camp brochure

Auburn University
Choose from over 100 summer programs designed to educate and inspire youth in a variety of academic, athletic and extracurricular endeavors. Participants have the opportunity to further their education and skills while making new friends and experiencing life at Auburn University!

National Youth Science Program
This program is for graduating seniors. Click here for the brochure. 

McWane Science Center
Deadline:  Some time after Saturday, April 1 (check their website listed below)
CJ Maher, Manager of Volunteer Services at the McWane Science Center, is looking for high school students to volunteer this summer.  To apply, students must submit an online application, a resume, a character reference letter and an educational/professional letter of recommendation.  The application deadline is currently April 1st, but since the information arrived the week before Spring Break, the deadline will be extended.  For more information and an application:  

McWhorter School of Pharmacy at Samford University is offering a one week Pharmacy Camp this summer for high school students that are interested in investigating a career as a Pharmacist.  We would like to invite your students to participate in this McWhorter School of Pharmacy Camp.  During the week of pharmacy camp they will experience hands-on learning about health careers in pharmacy, participate in tours of local health care facilities and local pharmacies, participate in compounding activities and hands on demonstrations in the McWhorter School of Pharmacy science laboratory.   Students who attend the camp will have the unique opportunity to spend time on the Samford campus and experience campus life with us, spend time with pharmacy professors, and have a lot of time to interact with other students also interested in careers in pharmacy. 

CLICK HERE for a flyer that will provide you with all the important information regarding this exciting opportunity.  

Information about the camp and the camp application can be found at

Space is limited so please encourage students to apply early.  The application deadline is February 1, 2018.  If you have any questions, please have call 205-726-2008 or email  

Speed Reading (Birmingham-Southern College; Jefferson State Community College, Shelby Campus; Samford University)
If you want to become a better reader, this summer program is for you.  Topics will include Comprehension, Textbook Skills and Speed Reading.  
Program for Entering 9th-11th Graders - In these effective and enjoyable summer programs, you will improve comprehension in both fiction and non-fiction and learn to read twice as fast.  Students learn the best way to read and study textbooks and take notes. Students will learn how to complete homework more quickly and easily and enjoy reading more. 
Program for Entering 12th Graders and College Students - In the speed reading program, students learn to read twice as fast in materials ranging from novels to non-fiction. The comprehension, concentration and retention techniques will enable students to get more and retain more.  
Click here to learn how to register and to see the dates/times/locations of each workshop.  

The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Summer Science Institute
Summer Science Institute is a multi-summer research experience for high school students interested in learning what it is like to do “real” science. During the first summer in Fundamentals of Cellular and Molecular Biology (formerly Student BioTeach), students are offered a “smorgasbord” of short, 2-3 day, introductory molecular biology experiments. The following summer in Advanced Principles of Biology and Neurobiology (formerly ChemTeach) these same students are invited back to participate in extended, 5-6 day, more focused biochemical investigations on different aspects of a specific, biologically important protein. Finally, during the last summer as Student Research Interns, students are placed in a research laboratory to work on their own original project under the supervision of premier UAB faculty and staff.
For more information, please visit the website UAB Summer Science Institute Website.

Birmingham Southern Entrepreneurship Camp
Birmingham-Southern's Entrepreneurship Summer Camp immerses aspiring entrepreneurs in their junior or senior year of high school into a highly collaborative week-long, residential business program. Over six days, campers will work in teams to construct their own unique business plans with the opportunity to win a $4,000 Stump Entrepreneurship Scholarship to BSC. Teen entrepreneurs will engage in a curriculum based on sound business principles to enhance their entrepreneurial mindset and skills. Campers will experience real-world business activities through case studies, role-playing, and sessions with local entrepreneurship experts and business leaders.
To learn more, visit their website Birmingham Southern College (BSC) Entrepreneurship Camp.

Out-of-State Summer Programs
Duke University Summer Sessions

  • Summer College at Duke (four-week academic credit program for US students currently in grades 10 or 11 and international students currently in grades 10 – 12)
  • Summer Academy – Traditional (three-week academic enrichment program for students currently in grades 9 – 12)
  • Intensive STEM Academy (one-week academic enrichment program for students currently in grades 9 – 12)
  • Click here for more information

Seaworld - Explore Animal Careers 
Explore your interest in working with animals by taking part in a career camp at SeaWorld Orlando.  Work alongside experienced staff and learn about amazing animal careers.  Swim with a dolphin, snorkel with sharks, prepare a penguin-sized lunch, touch a stingray and make friendships that will last a lifetime.  Visit to learn more.  

Stanford University, Stanford, CA 
Stanford University welcomes top high school students from around the world to participate in engaging academic programs designed just for them.  This opportunity gives students a chance to investigate topics not typically taught in secondary schools.  Students engage in small classes taught by instructors who are experts in their fields and passionate about teaching.  In this setting, students hone their academic skills and form new friendships with intellectual peers.  Students in their residential programs get a taste of college life on the beautiful Stanford campus.  Past students have described their Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies experience as life-changing.  
Stanford Sports Business Academy - This program gives high school students an overview of careers in the sports and entertainment industries, with a focus on management, law, negotiation, marketing and leadership.  Students will experience what it is like to work in the business of sports and entertainment and will meet leaders and athletes in professional sports. 
Summer Humanities Institute - Students explore the big questions at the heart of the humanities in seminars led by distinguished Stanford professors.  Students spend the first two weeks intensively studying and researching a topic in history, philosophy, or literature, attending daily lectures by the faculty members, and participating in group discussions. During their third week, students work closely with their professors, graduate students and writing mentors to produce original research projects. 
Summer Arts Institute - Students participate in a three-week intensive program offering academically engaging interdisciplinary courses in photography, product design, music and architecture.  The Summer Arts Institute's six courses emphasize the essential connections between the arts and other areas of study, including cognitive science, psychology and engineering. 
Artificial Intelligence Laboratory's Outreach Summer Program - The goal of this program is to increase diversity in the field of Artificial Intelligence.  Current ninth grade girls are encouraged to apply.  Students will learn about Artificial Intelligence through a combination of lectures, hands-on research projects, field trips and mentoring activities during this two-week residential program.  
To learn more information or to apply: