June 7-June 26, 2015 or July 12-July 31, 2015
current 10th-11th graders
Engineering is one of the fastest growing career fields in the world. Discover the exciting and diverse fields of biomedical, environmental, mechanical, computer, and electrical engineering. 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. See Pre-Engineering Sample Schedule.
Classroom and Lab Time
Your instructors will lead lectures, group discussions, labs, and other hands-on activities that give you an introduction to the various fields of engineering. This broad classroom experience is designed to prepare you 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?"
Explore St. Louis through the eyes of an engineer. Visit the iconic St. Louis Arch, discover space travel at Boeing, visit a local biomedical engineering firm, and learn about biotechnology at Monsanto. In addition, Washington University faculty from the various School of Engineering departments and the Physics department will discuss their current research. You will even consider the physics of rollercoasters at Six Flags and the science behind a curveball.
In groups of three, you will research a topic of your choice that is relevant to the current engineering community and present this topic in a "science fair" style format to Washington University faculty and staff.
Program fees vary by institute and include all academic and residential expenses. Partial scholarship assistance is available. See 2015 Institute Program Fees for more information.
To be eligible for a High School Summer Institute you should:
- Be a current sophomore or junior in high school.
- Have an academic average of B+ or better.
- As an international applicant, have an internet-based TOEFL score of at least 90, or an IELTS score of at least 7.
How to Apply
Application deadline for High School Summer Institutes is April 1, 2015. We have limited enrollment for our institutes. We have rolling admission and qualified students are admitted until spaces are filled. Consider applying early!