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COSMOS, New York Times, Canada/USA Math Camp, Wharton, and More!

We are thrilled to announce that our 9th-11th graders have been accepted into 29 selective summer courses this year. These programs span multiple disciplines, from humanities to science and technology, offering our students incredible opportunities for academic enrichment and personal growth.

Attending a summer program offers high school students – particularly those aiming for top colleges – numerous admissions advantages:

  • Academic Enrichment: Summer programs provide advanced coursework and hands-on experience in various fields, enabling students to deepen their knowledge and skills beyond the high school curriculum. Top colleges are impressed by students who study beyond what is offered in their high school classes and demonstrate a commitment to academic excellence and intellectual curiosity.

  • Research Opportunities: Working directly with university professors in specialized summer courses demonstrates a student’s dedication and passion for their field. Elite colleges value this proactive approach, as it showcases a readiness for advanced study.

  • Networking Opportunities: Students meet peers with similar interests and ambitions, as well as professionals and academics in their field, building valuable connections that can benefit their admissions chances and future careers.

  • College Preparation: These programs often simulate college environments, helping students adjust to college-level academics and campus life, which can ease the transition from high school to university.

  • Personal Growth: Beyond academics, summer programs help students develop independence, confidence, and critical thinking skills, preparing them for the challenges of higher education and beyond.

Programs like those listed below might be considered an investment in your child’s future, ensuring they are well-prepared for the rigors of top-tier universities and the challenges of the professional world.

We are incredibly proud of our students’ achievements and look forward to seeing the remarkable contributions they will make in their respective fields. Congratulations to all who have been accepted into these impressive programs!

The Blue Stars Advantage

Our expert counselors conduct rigorous research to help students choose the exact programs that match each student’s specific interests or set of interests, help them craft winning application essays starting with brainstorming, and partner with them on submitting a perfect application.

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In addition to summer programs, Blue Stars has secured exclusive relationships with vendors offering unique internship and research opportunities. These opportunities give students unparalleled access to real-world experiences that enhance their academic and professional profiles.

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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

Canada/USA Math CampOffers a rigorous mathematical curriculum designed for talented high school students, fostering a deep understanding of mathematical concepts and problem-solving skills.
COSMOS UCLA Cluster 4: High Success: Hydrogen Is Green Headway to SUstainability, Carbon Capture, Energy-transition, and SUStainizability®Focuses on sustainable technologies and practices, including hydrogen energy, carbon capture, and energy transition, offering students a chance to engage in cutting-edge scientific research.
COSMOS UCLA Cluster 1: Brain-Inspired Computing: Learning in Biological; Artificial Neural NetworksExplores the fascinating field of brain-inspired computing, combining biological insights with artificial neural network research to advance students’ understanding of computational neuroscience.
COSMOS UC Davis Cluster 3: Introduction to Engineering MechanicsIntroduces students to the principles of engineering mechanics, providing a strong foundation in the analysis and design of mechanical systems.
Harvard Ventures-TECH Summer Program (HVTSP)Offers students a chance to work directly with venture-backed startups, learning about entrepreneurship and polishing their technical and business skills through exclusive seminars with founders, venture capitalists, and Harvard faculty.
Michigan Math and Science Scholars (MMSS)Offers talented high school students a rich and challenging environment to explore advanced topics in mathematics and science through field-specific, focused seminars, lectures, and labs led by University of Michigan faculty.
UChicago Summer Immersion Pathways in Data ScienceProvides a comprehensive introduction to data science through interactive lectures and hands-on projects. Students learn to analyze and interpret complex datasets, using tools and techniques essential for data-driven decision-making to create a final project.
UCLA Engineering Design Summer InstituteImmerses students in the field of mechanical engineering, providing hands-on experience in design, prototyping, and problem-solving.
UCSC Science Internship Program (SIP) – Research Group CSE-02: Building Intelligent Android Agents to Complete Tasks With Instruction GuidanceWork directly with UC Santa Cruz professors on cutting-edge research on artificial intelligence, focusing on developing intelligent android agents for task completion.
Wharton Data Science AcademyIntroduces students to the fundamentals of data science with a focus on business applications, combining theory with practical exercises. Students work with data sets to solve actual business problems using statistical and machine learning techniques.
Northwestern College Preparation Program Focus Seminars: Time, Space & the Future Quantum Mechanics and RelativityDelves into advanced topics in physics, including quantum mechanics and relativity, offering students a deeper understanding of these fundamental concepts.
UCSD Academic Connections: Ocean EcosystemsExplore marine biology and oceanography, gaining hands-on experience in the study of ocean ecosystems and marine life.
UCSB Research Mentorship Program (RMP)Pairs high school students with university researchers to conduct original research, providing invaluable experience in scientific inquiry and academic writing.

Business and Economics

Berkeley Business Academy for Youth (BBAY)Introduces high school students to the fundamentals of business, including finance, marketing, and entrepreneurship, through creating a business plan and pitching it to a panel of judges.
Wharton Leadership in the Business WorldPrepares students for leadership roles in business, focusing on developing essential skills such as strategic thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork through lectures, workshops, and hands-on projects.
Wharton SF-Based Innovation and Start-UpsImmerses students in the start-up culture, teaching them about innovation, product development, and entrepreneurial strategies through creating a business plan for an original business.

Medicine and Health Sciences

BU AIM: Introduction to Experimental Psychology Offers a deep dive into experimental psychology, providing hands-on research experience and exposure to advanced concepts in psychology.
Springboard Emergency Medicine ProgramProvides students with an introduction to emergency medicine, including clinical skills, patient care, and medical simulations.
Stanford SASI Foundations and Clinical Skills ProgramsThrough two separate programs, the Stanford Anesthesia Summer Institute (SASI) provides students with hands-on experience in clinical skills, foundational medical knowledge, and design thinking, offering insights into the field of medicine.
Summer@Brown Medicine in Action: A View Into the Life of a Medical StudentProvides an inside look at medical school, offering students hands-on experience in medical simulations, patient care, and clinical skills.
UChicago Summer Immersion – Developmental PsychologyExplores developmental psychology, offering students hands-on research experience and exposure to advanced concepts in the field.
UCSD School of Medicine Research Scholars: Sports Medicine Summer AcademyFocuses on sports medicine, offering students practical experience in injury prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation.

Humanities and Social Sciences

The Concord Review History CampSupports high-achieving students in learning the skills to produce outstanding original research papers.
Democracy SummerEngages students in political and civic education and direct campaign experience, promoting active citizenship.
Northwestern College Preparation Program Focus Seminars: Abnormal Psychology – Analyzing Life with Mental IllnessOffers high school students a deep dive into abnormal psychology, focusing on understanding mental illnesses and their impacts on daily life. Participants study psychological disorders, their diagnoses and treatments, using case studies and current research.
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) Early College Program Summer InstituteEnables high school students to take college-level fine arts, design, and creative writing courses at one of the nation’s leading art schools.
School of the New York Times Summer CampLearn about reporting, writing, and multimedia storytelling through workshops and real-world exploration under the guidance of reporters and editors from The New York Times.
UChicago Summer Immersion Economics from an Experimental PerspectiveOffers students an opportunity to delve into economics through experimental methods. Participants engage in hands-on activities and experiments to understand economic theories, behavioral economics, and the impact of decision-making processes on economic outcomes.
Yale Young Global Scholars: Literature, Philosophy, and Culture TrackA unique opportunity to explore the intersections of literature, philosophy, and cultural studies through a diverse curriculum and interactive discussions.

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About the Author: Amy Morgenstern

Dr. Amy Morgenstern, affectionately known as Dr. M, is the founder and CEO of Blue Stars Admissions Consulting. She holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and an MFA in contemporary art. A former professor of philosophy, honors program associate director, and assistant to the director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, Dr. M brings a wealth of academic and multicultural experience to her practice.

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