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There are a variety of summer programs in Oregon and across the country that will engage students, build leadership skills, and explore careers. Many programs are no or low-cost and/or offer scholarships, but deadlines are fast approaching. Here's a sampling:

Opportunities in Oregon

Camp Odyssey

An innovative diversity training and leadership development program for Oregon youth.
Dates TBA Location TBA Ages 14-18 No cost  

4-H International Summer Camps

Helps Latino youth improve academic skills, develop leadership skills, and participate in healthy physical activities.
July 9-12, August 4-8 and 11-15 Salem Grades 3-8 $75-$100; scholarships available Application Due: July 24

Summer Institute

Earn college credit as a high school student studying a variety of subjects.
Dates TBA La Grande Grades 10-12 $40/credit hour, $545 room and board. (2014 rates)  


A week-long exploration of health care careers.
June 15-19 La Grande Grades 9-12 $550; scholarships available. Application Due: April 15

Summer Experience in Science and Engineering for Youth (SESEY)

Spend a week with a research group at Oregon State University.
July 12-17 Corvallis Grades 9-12 $200; scholarships available Applications Due: May 18

OSU Summer Veterinary Experience

A hands-on learning experience for academically talented, low-income and minority high school students interested in veterinary medicine.
August 16-21 Corvallis Grades 9-12 $650; full scholarships available Registration Opens: March


Students work in art, design, music, and theater labs, attend evening presentations by guest lecturers and artists, and participate in multi-disciplined events.
July 6-17  Corvallis Ages 15-18 Varies; scholarships available Application Due: May 1

Oregon Sea Grant Programs @ Hatfield Marine Science Center

An opportunity to interact with researchers and learn about the marine environment through hands-on programs and field trips.
July and August Newport Grades 2-12 Varies  

STEM Academy

Week-long programs in science, technology, engineering and math subjects like LEGO Robotics, game design, and creative computing.
June-August Corvallis Grades 3-12 Varies, scholarships available to all who qualify. Registration Opens: March

SEA Camp of Oregon

Explore the wonders of the marine and estuarine environments by hiking, observing marine mammals, tide pooling, and taking classes in marine biology.
August 18-21 or August 23-26 Coos Bay Ages 10-13 $525 tuition; scholarships available  


A broad range of classes, workshops, and recreational activities for talented and highly able students.
June 21-27  Ashland Grades 5-8 $750; scholarships available Tuition Assistance Due: May 15

Summer Enrichment Program

Challenging academic enrichment with fun events and new friends.
July 19-August 1; August 9-August 22 Eugene Ages 10-17 $1595 plus $50 application fee Applications Due: June 26

Art Adventures

Week-long, in-depth art workshops at the Oregon College of Art & Craft.
June-August Portland Grades 6-8 $350/week  

Paleontology Research Team

Explore the fossil beds of eastern Oregon. Presented by OMSI.
June 22-July 1 Fossil Grades 9-12 $725-$775  

Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering

Summer internships with professional engineers and scientists. Includes a $1,000 stipend.
June-August Various Grades 9-11 $275, scholarships available Applications Due: March 9

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Opportunities Across the U.S.

National Youth Science Camp

A month-long program for budding scientists.
June 17-July 11 Washington D.C. Seniors No cost Applications Due: March 1

INSPIRE Pre-College Program

Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian high school students spend 3-weeks on the George Washington University campus to learn about intergovernmental relations between tribal governments and the federal government.
July 5-25 Washington D.C. Grades 10-11 No cost Applications Due: March 1

Google Computer Science Summer Institute

An intensive, interactive, hands-on and fun program that seeks to inspire the tech leaders and innovators of tomorrow by supporting the study of computer science.
July, August Boston, Bay Area, New York, Seattle, Chicago Seniors No cost Applications Due: March 5

Carleton Liberal Arts Experience Summer Program

A one-week summer program for the country's best and brightest at Carleton College.
July 5-11 Northfield, MN Sophomores No cost Applications Due: April 1

Carnegie Mellon University Summer Programs for Diversity

Six weeks of intensive study of engineeering, science, architecture, music, art, or drama.
June 27-August 8 Pittsburgh, PA Grades 10-11 No cost Application Due: April 1