Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH)

Summer Math and Science Honors Academy Launched in 2004 by Level Playing Field Institute, SMASH started on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley with a focus on giving students who were disproportionately underrepresented in STEM the skills they needed to pursue a degree and a career in the field. The programming provided these students with access to the coursework and the science labs that were often unavailable in their school. Since 2004, SMASH has expanded across the Bay Area to Stanford University and into Southern California at UCLA. The newest California location opened 2016 at the University of California, Davis. In 2017, SMASH opened its first out-of-state university site, Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2018 the program will expand to the Wharton at the Univerity of Pennsylvania and to Way State University in Michigan.

The Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH) is a free of cost, STEM-intensive, college preparatory program for underrepresented high school students of color. SMASH boasts a rigorous 5-week, 3-year summer STEM enrichment program which provides access to rigorous coursework and access to mentors, role models, and support networks of students of color. SMASH scholars remain engaged during the school year through monthly STEM activities and workshops. The program not only reinforces the students' STEM academic identities, but also focuses on developing their critical thinking, civic awareness, leadership and sense of social responsibility.

Each summer, SMASH scholars spend five weeks on a college campus immersed in rigorous STEM classes. SMASH scholars live among other high-potential, underrepresented (African American, Latino/a, Native American, Southeast Asian or Pacific Islander, low-income, first-in-family to attend college) high school students.

In addition to their summer courses, SMASH scholars also participate in year-round academic programming, including SAT prep, college counseling, financial aid workshops, and other activities to ensure continued academic success.

You can find Find out more about SMASH and the other programs Level Playing Field Institute offers here.