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The University of Maryland Physics Department is pleased to offer our Physics Summer Outreach Program. This is a free program open to all upcoming 9th, 11th and 12th graders. While the 9th grade program focuses on classical physics, the advanced program jumps into the world of modern physics. 

Summer Girls - 9th Grade Workshop

Applications coming in February 2018

Slinky Group

Summer Girls - Advanced (10th-12th Grade)

Applications coming in February 2018

SG SpaceTime

The program will run daily. Participants will learn about topics ranging from relativity, to antimatter, quantum mechanics, physical uncertainty, quantum computing and more. The afternoons will be filled with hands-on lab activities, visits to cutting-edge research labs, discussions with professors who currently specialize in modern physics and a project to make the discussions of modern topics tangible. Students will be introduced to topics that they will likely not be offered in their high school classes, from the thought experiments of Einstein to current applications in code breaking.


July 31-August 11, 2017

*Program runs Monday-Friday.


University of Maryland (commuter camp)


Free - application required. The Department of Physics and the Physics Frontier Center at the Joint Quantum Institute supports the Summer Girls program.


Registration for 2018 will open in February.


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Program History

Since its inception, over 1,000 rising ninth graders have attended this program. Past participants have gone on to become engineers, doctors, computer specialist and, of course, physicists. Summer Girls have come not only from Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC but also from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and all over the world.