About Summer Scholars

Yale Pathways Summer Scholars is a free two-week summer science program for rising tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade Pathways students. Each summer, Pathways Summer Scholars have the opportunity to select from a variety of STEM workshops collaboratively designed and taught by Yale faculty and graduate students. Summer 2020 offers many topics and workshops, including but not limited to The Microbes Around Me, Measuring the Color & Weight of Molcules, Jump into Coding in Python, and Hacking the Brain’s Chemicals. Current Yale undergraduates and graduate students serve a key role as teaching assistants and mentors in the program.

Rising seniors are also eligible to apply to a residential program, living in the Yale student dormitories and taking part in college preparatory programming in addition to attending workshops during the day.

Summer 2020 Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 11, 11:59pm
Summer 2020 Program Dates: July 12-24

Pathways to Science students currently in 9th through 11th grade will receive applications in the mail by mid-January 2020. 

The strength of the Summer Scholars curriculum lies in broad-based support from the Yale community. In summer 2019, 142 Yale community members were involved in the program—supporting the program by teaching classes, serving as residential advisors, welcoming students into Yale research laboratories, and supporting the planning and preparation for the program.

Hands-on laboratory courses form the cornerstone of the Pathways Scholars curriculum, exposing students to college-level science courses and sparking their curiosity about new scientific fields. Last summer, students selected from 21 STEM workshops. Workshop topics included the Physics of Atmospheres, Sensory Physiology, Using Computers for Simulations & Modeling, Evolution and Medicine, and more. During the program, students could be found manipulating single molecules with chemistry professor Ziad Ganim; dissecting worms and crayfish with medical school research scientists;  building string instruments in Yale’s Center for Engineering, Innovation & Design; extracting iron from breakfast cereal; or using their new DIY microscopes at the Yale Farm. 
Rising high school seniors also completed a personal college essay in an intensive two-week writing workshop and engaged in sociological discussions during Doing College seminars. These sessions explored the broader social issues that influence the successful completion of a college degree, including topics related to transitioning to college life, understanding inequality in the higher education system, and finding the right college. Moreover, by living in Yale student dormitories, rising seniors experienced what life is like outside of daily laboratory workshops, students participated in a variety of enrichment activities that provided opportunities to interact with Yale scientists, learn about cutting-edge research, and tour Yale laboratories and research collections. 

Sample Day Program Schedule:

9:00 – 9:30          Group Meeting

9:30 – 11:00        Morning Workshop: Consciousness

11:15 – 12:15      Enrichment Lecture: Cosmic Archaeology: A Trip Back in Time

12:30 – 1:30        Lunch in Yale Dining Halls

1:45 – 3:15          Afternoon Workshop: College Essay Writing (Seniors Only)

3:30 – 4:00          Feedback, Dismissal and Pick-Ups

Sample Residential Program Schedule:

8:30 – 9:15        Breakfast in Yale Dining Halls

9:30 – 11:00       Morning Workshop: Bugs and Us

11:15 – 12:15     Enrichment Lecture: Drosophila and their Natural Enemies

12:30 – 1:30       Lunch in Yale Dining Halls

1:45 – 3:15         Afternoon Workshop: College Essay

3:30 – 5:00        “Doing College Right” College Prep

5:30 – 6:30         Dinner in Yale Dining Halls

7:00 – 10:00       Activity Time in the Yale Residential Colleges

11:00pm             Lights Out/Sleep