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SMART Summer Program
S.M.A.R.T. 2024

(Science, Mathematics, and Research Training)

July 12-16, 2024


Applications open through May 22.

Please join us for the 2024 SMART summer outreach program! This free program is open to high school students who are interested in science and exploration. No previous experience required. The 4-day program will take place from 9:45 am to 4:00 pm on 7/12, 7/15 and 7/16, and noon to late evening on 7/13 for an off-campus visit. Field trips will depart from the University of Chicago campus and transportation will be provided. Students will need to provide their own transportation to the University of Chicago. The program is offered by faculty, staff, and students of the University of Chicago. For inquiries please contact Mrs. Maria Jimenez <> or Dr. Cheng Chin <>. Locations to be visited and content to be covered during the 2024 camp are outlined below.


Gordon Center for Integrative Science

UChicago Campus

  • Witness the magic of superconductivity and learn about the Meissner effect!
  • Explore engineering tools such as 3D printing, including designing your own 3D printed objects!
  • Join frontier quantum science and engineering research labs.  
Yerkes Observatory

Yerkes Observatory

  • Explore the “the birthplace of modern astrophysics”, and delve into the wonders of the universe!
  • Observe astro phenomena through the largest refracting telescope in the world if weather permits.
Argonne National Lab

Argonne National Lab

  • Visit the first U.S. national laboratory to explore large scale national research facilities and uncover the secrets of the particle accelerator and Advanced Photon Source.
Particle Levitation

New Scheme of Levitation

  • Witness and participate in a real-time demonstration of thermophretic levitation.
  • Investigate dynamics of particles in micro-gravity environment.
Solar Car

Solar Cars and Renewable Energy

  • Build solar cars while learning about renewable energy and electric vehicles!
  • Compete to build the most efficient solar car and win the race.
Quantum Entanglement

Quantum Science and Engineering

  • Learn about the exciting new field of quantum science, including quantum entanglement and quantum computing!
  • Participate in a hands-on quantum physics experiment!

Participants will enrich their understanding of STEM fields, explore important scientific concepts through unique demonstrations and hands-on experiments, gain exposure to diverse careers in the sciences, visit research labs and learn directly from UChicago scientists, and participate in trips to several leading scientific institutions including Argonne National Laboratory and Yerkes Observatory. Priority given to low-income or first-generation college students attending public schools on Chicago’s South Side.

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