Summer Math and Science Honors (SMASH) Academy

Topics in Current Science Research
A 5-week summer course for SMASH Scholars | Become a Project Leader and Earn $800
Tues/Thurs from 1:00pm-3:30pm | July 1st to July 31st, 2014

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 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 research paper and group presentation.

Become A Project Leader - Earn $800!

We are currently recruiting graduate students from STEM disciplines to serve as project leaders between July 1st and July 31st, 2014. Project leaders meet with their group on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00pm-3:30pm.

Want to become a project leader? Want to know more? Need a co-leader to help you teach? Contact us at smash@cosmology.berkeley.edu and make a difference in science and math education!

Important Dates

  • Orientation Meeting for Project Leaders: Tues June 17, 2:30-5:00pm, 324 LeConte Hall
  • First Meeting with SMASH Students: Tues July 1, 1:00pm
  • Recognition Event: Sat August 2nd (Attendance encouraged, but not required)

Resources for Project Leaders

Resources for Students

  • Coming soon!

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 http://www.lpfi.org/smash

Resources from Previous Years


For 2012 Project Leaders



For 2011 Project Leaders


For 2010 Project Leaders


For 2009 Project Leaders