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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, and we receive applications from a diverse group of young females* with one thing in common--- the desire to learn more about physics. No prior physics knowledge is necessary but applicants are required to write a statement explaining why they would like to attend this program.

*Open to both males and females.


Summer Girls - 9th Grade

Slinky Group

In the mornings, activities include demonstrations, complete hands-on laboratory experiments, and documenting progress in journals. The afternoons are devoted to an ongoing two-week project that teaches participants trial and error and the principles of the scientific method. At the end of the two-week program, parents, teachers and siblings are invited to a closing ceremony where Summer Girls present their favorite demonstrations.

Dates:

July 24-August 4, 2017

*Program runs daily 9:00am-4:00pm

Location:

University of Maryland (commuter camp)

Cost:

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

Application:

 
For rising 9th grade females and males

Contact:

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SG SpaceTime

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

While the 9th grade program focuses on classical physics, the advanced program will jump into the world of modern physics. The program will run daily from 9am – 3pm. 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.

Dates:

July 31-August 11, 2017

*Program runs daily 9:00am-3:00pm

Location:

University of Maryland (commuter camp)

Cost:

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

Application:

Apply now! (waitlist only)
 
For rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade females and males
 
Due to a high volume of applicants, applicants will be notified of acceptance by Tuesday, May 23rd.

Contact:

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Program History

In 1990, two faculty members discussed that there was nothing available to interest girls in physics. They applied to the National Science Foundation for funding and from there, the Physics Department Summer Girls Outreach Program was created. The program started with one, two-week program session and has grown to two, two-week, sessions. After increased popularity and demand for the Summer Outreach Program for rising 9th grade girls, the program was extended to rising 11th grade girls.

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.