List of STEM Programs of Interest

As NHSJS is a science journal for high school students, we have compiled a list of prestigious STEM programs that could potentially lead to research opportunities. STEM school year programs are often regional in nature, as they may require a weekly commute. STEM Summer programs are often available to students from outside the region, but may require nearby housing if not provided through the program.

Potential programs include lectures during the school year, summer research opportunities usually offered through universities, summer STEM camps, science fairs, math competitions, and robotics competitions.

See the links below for more details.


School Year Science Programs

Columbia University Science Honors Program (NY, NJ area)

Saturday lecture courses at Columbia University covering college level material in courses such as Relativity and Quantum Mechanics and Physiology. 


Summer STEM Programs

The Rockefeller University Summer Science Research Program

7 week biomedical research program at The Rockefeller University where students are paired with a research mentor.


National Institute of Health Summer Internship Program

Biomedical summer research at the NIH campuses in Maryland.


MIT Research Science Institute

Summer research program at MIT, selecting only 80 students internationally.


Governor’s School

Depends on state availability. Summer STEM programs for rising seniors in each state. Students participate in lectures, hands-on labs and projects, and interact with guest speakers.


Summer Science Program

Two 39 day camps held on New Mexico Tech and University of Colorado Boulder campuses. Scholars participate in astrophysics hands-on research, lectures, and colloquia.


AwesomeMath Camp

Paid summer math camp at University of Texas Dallas, Cornell University, and University of Puget Sound. Students engage in math education as well as recreational activities. Students often participate in the American Mathematics Competitions.


Science Fairs

Regeneron STS

Regeneron Science Talent Search (formerly Intel STS) is a world-wide science fair/competition for high school aged students.



Intel Science & Engineering Fair is a world-wide science fair/competition for high school aged students.



Siemens Competition is a world-wide STEM fair/competition for high school aged students.


Google Science Fair

Google Science Fair is a world-wide science fair/competition for high school aged students.



Junior Science and Humanities Symposia is a prestigious scholarship program to engage students in science and research.


Maker Faire & Make Magazine

The concept behind the Maker Movement is to get people into STEM by promoting the concept of DIY and individual creation.


STEM Competitions

Science Olympiad

Team-based regional, state, and national competitions in various events such as Robot Arm, Forensics, and Invasive Species.


American Mathematics Competitions (AMC/AIME/USAMO)

National series of math exams culminating in the International Math Olympiad.


U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad

National series of chemistry exams.


U.S.A. Biology Olympiad

National series of biology exams.


U.S.A. Physics Olympiad

National series of physics exams.


U.S.A Computing Olympiad

National series of computer science exams.




Hackathon at University of Pennsylvania



Hackathon at Rutgers University




With a goal to spread STEM education MIT OCW provides real courses from real professors prominent in the areas of study.



Spreading knowledge and learning opportunity, Coursera provides courses from professors and respected institutions such as Stanford, MIT, Ivy League Colleges, and more.


Robotics & Technology

FIRST Robotics

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. FIRST Robotics is an organization devoted to bringing STEM education to all ages of students. FIRST Lego League (FLL) caters to elementary school students, FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is geared towards middle school students, and FIRST Robotics Competition brings STEM education to high schoolers around the world. FIRST is the world’s most prestigious robotics competition with teams from around the world meeting in Saint Louis, Louisiana every year for the World Championships. It's student engineering, at its best.


VEX Robotics

Compete on the world stage with VEX robotics. For middle school to high school aged students the VEX robotics competition offers a simpler alternative to FIRST, yet still expands STEM education and promotes the future of technology.



Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or DARPA is the US government home of advanced robotics and technology. DRC or the DARPA Robotics Challenge is the world’s most prestigious search & rescue competition. Teams from numerous respected research institutions such as MIT, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory develop the world’s most advanced robots to compete in the DRC.


NASA Robotics

The command center of robotics NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory support a wide range of robotics programs across the country.


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