Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH)

Topics in Current Science Research
(Application for Summer 2017)
A 5-week summer course for SMASH Scholars | Become a Project Leader and Earn $800
Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30pm-4:00pm | June 20 to July 20, 2017

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. The project culminates in a final group presentation.

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 to July 20th.

Want to become a project leader? Want to know more? Need a co-leader to help you teach? Fill out the online application form! Have other questions? Contact us at 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

Resources for Project Leaders


Resources for SMASH Students

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. For more information visit

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