June 29-July 11, 2014
current 10th-12th graders
Currently, this program is full. We are no longer accepting applications.
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.
Classroom and Lab Time
Begin your day in the classrooms and labs of the School of Engineering at Washington University. Your instructor 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?"
Spend your afternoons exploring 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.
Throughout the two weeks, you will work together in teams to research, analyze, and develop a proposal for an innovative engineering project. Classroom and outside experiences will tie in with the team projects to reinforce learning, and teams will be organized based on fields of interest. Along the way, you will practice communication, organization, and strategy as you work together to come up with your projects.
Program fees vary by institute and include all academic and residential expenses. Partial scholarship assistance is available. See 2014 Institute Program Fees for more information.
To be eligible for a High School Summer Institute you should:
- Be a current 10th-12th grade high school student.
- 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
We have limited enrollment for our institutes. We have rolling admission and qualified students are admitted until spaces are filled. Consider applying early! Visit the How to Apply section of our website to download application materials.