COVID-19 updates

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, UW-Madison is canceling all in-person summer youth programs sponsored by the university for summer 2020.

For questions about Badger Summer Scholars and Badger Precollege, please contact info@precollege.wisc.edu.

High School (Grades 9-12)


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  • STEM

High School Students (Grades 9-12)
  • Residential (Overnight Program)

Badger Dairy Camp is an annual camp held July 30 – August 1, 2020 and is open to youth between the ages of 14 and 17. This camp, held on the beautiful University of Wisconsin Madison campus, provides an excellent opportunity for youth to get hands-on experience learning how to fit and show animals. Youth also learn about the purebred cattle industry and attend workshops including “Roaming Through the Rumen”. Instructors for the camp include dairy industry leaders, graduate students, and UW professors.

  • College Preparation

  • STEM

High School Students (Grades 9-12)
  • Residential (Overnight Program)

Spend your summer with UW–Madison, exploring a college-level course, living and learning with a community of peers. Badger Summer Scholars is a transformative learning opportunity for high school students across several academic areas of interest. Applicants should be ready to take the next step in their academic journey and to engage in a lively college program with peers from all over the country.

Learn more about Badger Summer Scholars.

Technology
  • STEM

High School Students (Grades 9-12)
  • Residential (Overnight Program)

Interact with PhD students from the Wisconsin Applied Computing Center to help each side gain a better understanding of research topics in the field of Computational Dynamics.

Science
  • STEM

Grade School Students (Grades K-5), Middle School Students (Grades 6-8)
  • Commuter (Day Program)

Camp activities include outdoor discovery hikes and observations, hands-on science exploration, and nature games and activities. Returning campers will find new and exciting experiences every year. Children are encouraged to ask questions, play, and share, create, discover, construct, and cooperate.

Engineering
  • STEM

High School Students (Grades 9-12)
  • Residential (Overnight Program)

Engineering Summer Program (ESP) is a fully funded, six-week residential program for students who will be high school juniors or seniors in the upcoming school year. The ESP course curriculum includes math, physics, chemistry, engineering, and technical communications. Other structured programming such as industry site visits, field trips, guest lectures, workshops, and faculty mentoring will help students gain a better understanding of the field of engineering and its applications.

  • STEM

  • College Preparation

High School Students (Grades 9-12)
  • Residential (Overnight Program)

  • Commuter (Day Program)

ITA programs serve students in the communities of Lac du Flambeau, Madison, and Oneida. Through ITA, high school students build technology knowledge and skills with hands-on training, and receive academic support, leadership development, community service, and internship opportunities. ITA is designed to increase the enrollment and success of diverse students at UW–Madison.

  • STEM

High School Students (Grades 9-12)
  • Residential (Overnight Program)

The LEAP Forward Internship Program is a 6 week paid internship for current sophomore high-school students. As a LEAP Forward Intern, you will not only gain key practical experiences within the field of Health Sciences, but will also gain exposure to the opportunities which exist for you beyond High School, whether at UW-Madison or elsewhere.

Science
  • STEM

High School Students (Grades 9-12)
  • Residential (Overnight Program)

Four-day summer program for underrepresented groups in the health science fields. Program includes hands-on demonstrations, tours of campus and different pharmacies, attendance at faculty and student panels, and more.

  • STEM

  • College Preparation

High School Students (Grades 9-12)
  • Commuter (Day Program)

Posse identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Posse extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, diverse teams—Posses—of 10 students. Posse partner colleges and universities award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships.

Technology
  • STEM

High School Students (Grades 9-12)
  • Residential (Overnight Program)

This free six-day residential program on the campus of the University of Wisconsin–Madison promotes a multidisciplinary Computational Science Initiative. Organized by the members of the Simulation-Based Engineering Lab, in collaboration with the Wisconsin Applied Computing Center, ProCSI introduces high-school students to the Computational Science discipline. Participants will be shown how the fundamental building blocks they are currently learning in high-school math, physics, and science classes are connected to advanced concepts in computer science and engineering that they may encounter at the University as a student or in the everyday world around them.

Medicine | Science
  • STEM

High School Students (Grades 9-12)
  • Commuter (Day Program)

A premed pipeline program to select and nurture students who show an interest in practicing medicine in rural and urban underserved areas of Wisconsin. RUSCH has been developed by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in partnership with three UW System campuses (UW–Milwaukee, UW–Platteville, and UW–Parkside), Spelman College in Atlanta, and Wisconsin’s Native American college students enrolled in any campus.

  • STEM

  • Communications & Writing

Grade School Students (Grades K-5), High School Students (Grades 9-12)
  • Commuter (Day Program)

Each summer, the Social Media and Adolescent Health Research Team (SMAHRT) hosts the Summer Research Scholars program. This week-long program provides 9th – 12th grade students with the opportunity to conduct their own research project. These research projects are centered on teen health and social media. Scholars will learn different types of research methods, discover a variety of career paths in research and health-related fields and practice their public speaking and presentation skills. The Summer Research Scholars program aims to engage students who may not have other opportunities to engage with topics in research and health-related fields.

  • Arts

  • Languages & Culture

  • STEM

  • College Preparation

  • Business

  • Communications & Writing

High School Students (Grades 9-12)
  • Residential (Overnight Program)

  • Commuter (Day Program)

The Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY) Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) gives gifted students finishing ninth through twelfth grades the chance to learn and live alongside each other on the beautiful UW–Madison campus. ALP is an intense, three-week summer camp designed to push students to the next academic level while housing them in an intimate learning environment. Students enroll in a single course for an in-depth experience not possible in crowded high school schedules. Students gain insight from instructors who are experts in their fields. ALP participants experience a truly unique learning environment where gifted students can interact, learn, and grow with each other. Course options include engineering, physics, biology, neuroscience, theater, psychology, political science, philosophy, sociology and economics, and computer science.

  • STEM

High School Students (Grades 9-12)
  • Residential (Overnight Program)

Our Health Careers Camps are five day programs held around the state of Wisconsin. These camps allow the students to experience first hand the challenges, opportunities and rewards of health professions. This unique experience is a collaboration of the Wisconsin AHEC regional offices, local colleges, technical schools colleges and area healthcare practitioners.

Science
  • STEM

High School Students (Grades 9-12)
  • Residential (Overnight Program)

  • Commuter (Day Program)

The Biocore Outreach Ambassadors have partnered with UW professors, graduate students from the Biology Outreach Club, and public school teachers since June 2007 to develop a week-long, inquiry-based day camp for fourth through twelfth grade students in the Wisconsin Heights district. Students work in small groups to investigate original questions centered on Prairies, Streams, Human Anatomy, Microbiology, Nematoad Worms, and Forest Ecology.

Science
  • STEM

Grade School Students (Grades K-5), Middle School Students (Grades 6-8), High School Students (Grades 9-12)
  • Field Trip (Chaperoned)

The Town Center at the Discovery Building is an exceptional destination for scientific exploration. Several field trip workshops are offered for students in elementary, middle, and high school.

The financial support you gave us based on the free/reduced lunch program allowed us to go on this trip. Thank you. Many of our students did not have a vision of what a scientist looks while working in a lab or even a college campus. They might find it difficult to imagine themselves becoming a scientist or a Madison student if they are not able to generate a supporting mental image.
Teacher from field trip (Spring 2016)

Science
  • STEM

High School Students (Grades 9-12)
  • Residential (Overnight Program)

Top scientists as well as graduate and undergraduate students from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Morgridge Center volunteer teaching and leading experiments as part of the program. Students conduct experiments and hear talks on gene transfer, cardiac cell differentiation, drug discovery, tissue engineering, and other topics. The week culminates with poster sessions given to employees in the Discovery Building, 330 North Orchard Street.

Being able to attend the Summer Science Camp is a wonderful opportunity that we can get nowhere else. The closest college campus for us is two hours away. Summer Science Camp is the only place where my students could do experiments right alongside graduate students, ask them questions about their chosen field, and learn about stem cell research. It also is a great way for them to sample college life while living on campus. They also got to receive college advising as sophomore students, which gives them insight into the college admissions process. All of this gives them real goals to aim for as they continue through high school. Without doubt, it meets our high school mission statement of providing college and career readiness for our students.
High School Teacher from a rural Wisconsin community


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