The Next Scientist and Engineer

Pre-College Summer program students conducting a brain study for their scientist and engineer class.
Program Description

Natural science is the basis for many applied disciplines including engineering and material sciences. In this course, students work on real-world problems such as food insecurity, community infrastructure, and environmental health. These problems are evaluated using UN’s Sustainable Development goals and addressed through Community Engaged Learning by directly working with local businesses, organizations, and partners. Regardless of major, you will gain from the methods, practice, and culture of scientific research. This includes literature review, experimental design, and presentation skills required for success in interdisciplinary science research. In addition, you will identify potential research opportunities by meeting with professionals and researchers in your area of interest.

Program Application

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and decisions are typically dispersed between 2-3 weeks from application submission.

The official application deadline has passed. There may still be space within the program. To inquire about space, please email

Program Objectives

  • Demonstrate knowledge of evidence, ideas & models scientists use to make evaluations about the natural world. Analyze how the ideas and models of the natural sciences relate to societal issues.
  • Present a professional identity that effectively communicates evidenced-based solutions to a broad audience. Integrate knowledge of the innovation, creativity, design, and reflection process to develop a proposal to a real-world problem.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills by interacting directly with potential customers, clients, or stakeholders.
  • Utilize creativity and innovation to develop a proposal to address a real-world problem.

 Program Faculty

  • Dr. Michael Cross

Program Dates and Times

  • Monday, July 12 – Friday, August 6.
  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 2:00 – 4:45 pm.

Program Price

  • $1,199
  • A $200 deposit will be due after admission, in order to reserve a space in the program. The remaining $999 will be due by Friday, July 16.