June 11-30 or July 16-August 4, 2017
Engineering is one of the fastest growing career fields in the world. Discover the exciting and diverse fields of engineering and learn how to apply scientific, economic, and social knowledge to solve problems, create new systems, or design a structure. We offer the Pre-Engineering Institute in both June and July.
Institutes combine traditional undergraduate class and lab curriculum with organized field trips, guest lectures, and hands-on activities in order for students to gain valuable academic and career experience. Institutes are divided into morning and afternoon sessions that include assigned readings, daily assignments, and a final project.
Morning Session: Experience Engineering
Morning sessions consist of field trips, lectures, and small-group activities. Students explore St. Louis through the eyes of an engineer as they experience space travel at the James S. McDonnell Prologue Room at Boeing, discover advances in engineering and technology at The Cortex Innovation Community, and learn about biotechnology at Monsanto. Lectures and small-group activties give students introductions to the various fields of engineering and explore concepts such as innovation, entrepreneurship, and biomedical ethics. This broad classroom experience is designed to prepare students for what it will be like to major in engineering, and answer questions such as "What field of engineering do I want to study?" and "What career opportunities are there in engineering?"
Afternoon Session: Lab Time
Students spend afternoons in the School of Engineering BioMedical Teaching Lab participating in a variety of labs focused on electrical, computer, biomedical, and systems engineering. Additional labs in chemical and environmental engineering are also included. Students design their own CAD/Arduino project that is then 3-D printed and they present on the final day of lab.
Research Symposium Project
Working in teams, students create a research symposium project on a topic of their choice that is relevant to the current engineering community. The project must demonstrate both critical-thinking and undergraduate-level research skills. Projects are presented to WashU faculty and staff on the final day of the program.
The 2017 program fee is $5,585 and includes all academic and residential expenses. Scholarship assistance is available to students who demonstrate financial need. See 2017 Institute Program Fees for more information on fees and scholarship assistance.
To be eligible for a High School Summer Institute students should:
- Be a current freshman, sophomore, or junior in high school.
- Have an academic average of B+ or better.
- As an international student, provide documentation of your ability to complete coursework in English (equivalent of a TOEFL score of 90).
How to Apply
In order to apply to a High School Summer Institute, students must complete an online application, including three short essays, and submit the following supplemental information:
- Teacher Recommendation
- International applicants must send proof of English ability
We review applications on a rolling basis. Once we receive all of the required supplemental information to complete an application, students are notified by mail of the admission decision within 10-12 business days. Qualified applicants are admitted until all spaces in the program are filled.
Please note that many of our programs fill before the April 1 application deadline, so we strongly encourage you to apply early.