Summer Math and Science Honors Academy

Topics in Current Science Research
Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30pm-4:00pm | June 20 to July 20, 2017

(2017 Project Leader Application)

Since 2004, the Berkeley Particle Cosmology group has partnered with the Level Playing Field Institute (LPFI) to support the Summer Math and Science Honors (SMASH) Academy at UC Berkeley, by presenting a 5-week science course for SMASH students who have just completed 9th grade.

The course Topics in Current Science Research engages a multi-disciplinary pool of science and mathematics (STEM) graduate and advanced undergraduate students as project leaders. Each project leader guides a group of 3 to 5 SMASH students through a hands-on research project intended to expose the students to authentic research experiences across STEM fields.

Become A Project Leader - Earn $800!

We are currently recruiting graduate students from STEM disciplines at Berkeley to serve as project leaders for the summer 2017 Topics course, which will run from June 20th, 2017 to July 20th, 2017 (no meeting July 4th). Project leaders will meet with their groups on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30pm-4:00pm. The project culminates in a final group presentation given by the Scholars to a Berkeley senior scientist.

Want to become a project leader? Fill out the online application form!

Want to know more? Need a co-leader to help you teach? Have other questions? Contact the 2017 TCSR coordinators, Kayleigh ( or Trevor ( Become a project leader this summer and make a difference in science and math education!

Important Dates

Orientation Meeting for Project Leaders: Thursday, June 1st, 1:30-4:00pm, Location TBA

First Meeting with SMASH Students: Tuesday, June 20th, 1:30-4:00pm, Location TBA

Recognition Event: TBA

TCSR Project from Previous Summers

2014 TCSR Project Roster | 2013 TCSR Project Roster | 2012 TCSR Project Roster

2011 TCSR Project Roster | 2010 TCSR Project Roster | 2009 TCSR Project Roster

2008 TCSR Project Roster | 2007 TCSR Project Roster

About the SMASH Program

The Level Playing Field Institute's Summer Math and Science Honors (SMASH) Academy provides high school students of color from underrepresented communities with rigorous courses that will prepare them to excel in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields with the goal of being admitted to top-tier colleges and graduate students.

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Resources for SMASH Students

Resources for Project Leaders

Below are links to resources from previous years.

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