Summer Math and Science Honors (SMASH) Academy

Topics in Current Science Research
Application Coming for Summer 2017
A 5-week summer course for SMASH Scholars | Become a Project Leader and Earn $800
Times TBA | June 18 to July 22, 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 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 will be recruiting graduate students from STEM disciplines to serve as project leaders between June 18 and July 22, 2017.

Want to become a project leader? Want to know more? Need a co-leader to help you teach? Have other questions? Contact us at and make a difference in science and math education!

Important Dates

  • Orientation Meeting for Project Leaders: TBA
  • First Meeting with SMASH Students: 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

Resources from Previous Years

For 2012 Project Leaders

For 2011 Project Leaders

For 2010 Project Leaders

For 2009 Project Leaders