• Science Opportunities and Scholarship Information
    This page is designed to give students information about summer science opportunities, scholarship information, science challenges, and other science opportunities throughout the school year. Please see this ever-changing list below if you are interested!
    AHEC 16th Annual Health Careers Awareness Camp
    The Southcentral Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and Mount Aloysius College are sponsoring a 16th Annual Health Careers Awareness Camp for students entering grades 9-12 for the 2018-2019 school year.  The camp will be held on the campus of Saint Francis University July 8 – July 13, 2018.  Students who have an interest in a health career or those who would like to learn more about various health careers are invited to attend. 

    The program objectives allow students from various communities to investigate the many distinguished health career fields.  Interactive workshops will be offered providing students "hands-on" experience in skills such as CPR, massage therapy, optometry lab, Forensics, suturing, and unique facial reconstruction.  Students will also have the opportunity to job shadow a medical professional of their choice for a day at a local hospital.

    The cost of the camp is $375 and will cover lodging, all meals, and course materials. Please have interested students complete the enclosed application and return it to the Southcentral PA AHEC office no later than May 5, 2018.  Additional forms may be photocopied.  Space is limited to 20 students. 

     If you have any questions, please call the Southcentral PA AHEC office at (814) 344-2222 or email cmplatt@scpa-ahec.org.

    Hillman Cancer Center Academy Internship at Pitt 
    The Hillman Cancer Center Academy is now accepting applications from students. This is a full-time eight-week research internship where students are placed with individual faculty members, postdocs, or graduate students at Pitt and receive authentic and mentored research and career development experiences. The program is free, and we provide stipends of $2400 to students that are from populations that are underrepresented in biomedical research careers. Daniel Boone will speak with students at schools about this opportunity or cancer research in general. If not the students can apply online. Information is available to be distributed to students and teachers. This is an excellent opportunity for all students interested in STEM or medicine over the age of 15 to apply, especially those from diverse backgrounds. More information is also available on FaceBook. 
    National Youth Science Camp 
    National Youth Science Camp is a phenomenal opportunity for two students from Pennsylvania. The National Youth Science Camp is a residential science education program for young STEM enthusiasts the summer after they graduate from high school. Students from around the country (two are selected to represent each state and Washington, D.C.) are challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies, and have voluntary opportunities to participate in an outdoor adventure program, gain a new and deep appreciation for the great outdoors, and establish friendships that last a lifetime. Applications are being accepted up until February 28. Dates for the camp are tentatively planned for June 27-July 21, 2018. While this is an extremely prestigious program, Pennsylvania receives very few applications from students. We encourage you to inform your students of the program.
    PA Society for Biomedical Research Poster Contest
    PSBR is announcing their annual essay context and annual poster contest. Deadline for both is April 1, 2018.
    DCNR Workshops
    DCNR has multiple workshops planned for the fall, which include: PA Songbirds, Project Learning Tree, Project WILD, GO Teach: Hiking Educator Workshop, Project WET, Wonders of Wetlands, Making the Dead Come Alive, PA Land Choices, PA Biodiversity. For information on these and other DCNR workshops, go to: http://pennsylvaniagov.enterprise.localist.com/search/events?search=teacher+workshops or contact Carisa Longo: calongo@pa.gov. 
    Harrisburg University Summer Exploration Camps 
    Are you naturally curious? Do you like to fix things, make things, or understand how things work by taking them apart? Wouldn’t it be great if you could earn college credit while having fun exploring your passion? If you’re in high school, the Summer Exploration Camps are the perfect opportunity to earn college credit and have fun. Each of the Harrisburg University Summer Exploration Camps takes a unique look at a field of science or technology, or the business of science and technology. While learning is the key goal for these day camps, you’ll be surprised how much fun you can have letting your imagination run wild with the potential inventions, technologies, or scientific issues you can explore. Plus many of these non-residential camps allow you to earn college credits.

    These camps are for incoming high school students through high school seniors. All the camps are day camps and most are scheduled to run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students should come to camp with food, snacks and drinks for the day. Registration for these camps closes 30 days prior to the start of each camp.

    There is a website that provides more details and contact information. See: http://harrisburgu.edu/summer-camps-2/


    McDaniel College $100K Educator's Legacy Scholarship

    This year, we are celebrating our commitment to educators and our K-12 legacy by rewarding elementary and secondary school employees for their good work in preparing the next generation.  The Educator’s Legacy Scholarship welcomes the sons and daughters of K-12 school employees to McDaniel with a $100,000 scholarship. Four years of service in any school district by a parent equals $25,000 per year for their child. For more information or to fill out the eligibility form visit: www.mcdaniel.edu/EduLegacyScholarship 
    Simpson College (Iowa) STEM Scholarship
     "We recently received a NSF grant that will provide 15 incoming students with financial assistance ($33,600 over four years), mentorship, and research opportunities as they pursue a degree in a STEM field. For this reason, I’m recruiting talented high school seniors to come to Simpson as undergraduates." - Professor Aaron Santos
    About Simpson College: Simpson College is a nationally ranked liberal arts college located in Indianola, IA.  Founded in 1860, Simpson has been fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  The college offers 80 majors, minors, and programs with a 13-1 student-faculty ratio. Both Peterson’s Competitive Colleges and U.S. News and World Report have recognized Simpson for its quality programs and value. Simpson is also the summer home to the internationally recognized Des Moines Metro Opera. If interested in learning more about Simpson College and this opportunity contact Professor Aaron Santos at aaron.santos@simpson.edu.
    Federal Science Internships and Fellowships Opportunities
     See a complete list at www.science.gov/internships/k-12.html.
    Academic Competitions and Challenges
    Girls Who Code Clubs: The Verizon Foundation Women in STEM Programs
    These clubs offer computer science education and tech industry exposure to 6th–12th grade girls nationally throughout the academic year. Clubs are taught by Verizon Foundation volunteer instructors who are trained and supported by Girls Who Code staff. Girls Who Code Clubs represent a scalable approach to computer science education and includes forty curriculum hours paired with project based, group learning. Clubs have launched nationally in over 20 States and have helped hundreds of girls gain exposure to computer science education. To start a club, go to the Girls Who Code website. Any girl under the age of 13 interested in starting a club must have a parent apply on her behalf.


    STEM Mentors

    Cisco has launched Girls Power Tech, a global mentoring initiative to support and complement the United Nations' 'Girls in ICT Day'. 'Girls Power Tech' is focused on encouraging girls and young women in more than 50 countries, and 80 Cisco offices, to discover opportunities opened by careers in information and communication technology (ICT). Girls ages 13-18 are invited to participate in Girls Power Tech mentoring opportunities with Cisco employees, allowing girls to make informed career choices about working in STEM.


    Camp Invention

    Created by the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Camp Invention is a nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention. They partner with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Collegiate Inventors Competition, and everything we do is inspired by the world's smartest inventors. Go to the website to look for programs in your area and for programs for your school.



    To fuel the maker in you—this site is filled with project ideas, contests, news, and videos. Find out about a new Maker reality show!


    NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES For the Next Generation of Cancer Researchers!
    REMIND your students to submit their entries to win a mentorship with a research scientist! PBS LearningMedia and Stand Up To Cancer are looking for the next generation of cancer researchers and urge you to work with your qualified students to apply for the Emperor Science Award program - a unique mentoring program that pairs university-level research scientists with high school students, presenting them with an exciting opportunity to explore the world of science, grow their skills, build confidence and conduct rewarding research.


    This website is designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women. The site was launched in 2001 with input from a specially selected Girls Advisory Board—bright, energetic girls from all over the United States and Canada. In 2012 a new Girls Advisory Board was instituted in order to re-design the site for a modern audience. The website is a service of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and grew out of the work of the NAE Committee on the Diversity of the Engineering Workforce.


    This is a great website to find science competitions, fairs, info on careers, activities, science project support, etc.

    Cool Science Careers

    This is a great website for students to explore careers, imagine themselves in different paths, read interviews with scientists, and ask them questions!

Last Modified on February 21, 2018