Join us from July 21–27, 2019

Think analytically and look beyond the obvious while deepening your understanding of astronomy, physics, math and team-building psychology.

You'll work on a variety of practical and interactive activities throughout the week. Building the brain muscle is challenging. Working individually and in teams with other like-minded students makes the learning fun.

During this weeklong, residential experience, you'll practice and improve your problem-solving skills and meet other students who share your interests. Susquehanna University faculty from various academic disciplines will introduce you to their areas of expertise, including:

  • Star gazing and building a Rover with Dr. Pirbhai (astronomy and physics)
  • Digital electronics with Minecraft with Dr. Faust (physics)
  • Building and battling bots with Dr. Zain (physics)
  • Dr. Brakke's soap bubble research (mathematics)

High school students entering grades 10-12 are invited to register.

Highlights of the week

  • Participate in interactive, college-level workshops and group work
  • Take a day trip to Columbia University, Susquehanna's 3:2 affiliate engineering school
  • Experience the planetarium, star-gazing and telescope-making
  • Build a mini Mars Rover and discuss building a community on Mars
  • Get creative with digital electronics playing Minecraft
  • Build your best car robots; accept-and win-the BattleBots challenge 
  • Crack codes, discover clues and solve Escape Room mysteries

Comprehensive fees include room, meals and all program materials.

  • After May 8: $1,025


Scholarships are available based on financial need and academic performance. No full-tuition scholarships are available.

A letter from your guidance counselor, indicating your eligibility for free/reduced lunch or other measure(s) of financial need, is required for scholarship consideration.


All registrations must be submitted no later than July 6.

A non-refundable $250 deposit is due at registration. Balance is due 14 days prior to starting camp.

All supporting documentation must be received prior to your arrival on campus.

Susquehanna University faculty members will challenge you with cutting-edge teaching techniques and help you to apply your newfound knowledge with real-life applications.

Samya Zain | Institute Director
Dr. Samya Zain is an associate professor and head of the Department of Physics. She also serves as the faculty advisor to the 3:2 engineering program with Columbia University. She earned her Ph.D. in experimental particle physics at SUNY-Albany and is very interested in physics education research and curriculum development.

Kenneth Brakke
Dr. Kenneth Brakke is professor of mathematical sciences. He earned his Ph.D. in mathematics at Princeton University in the field of geometric measure theory, which is the mathematics of ideal soap films and soap bubbles. His research interests are soap films and bubbles and related liquid shapes, centered around his software Surface Evolver, which is a program for modelling liquid surfaces by minimizing surface energy subject to constraints such as volume and walls.

Carl Faust
Dr. Carl Faust is an assistant professor of physics who earned his Ph.D. at Lehigh University. His research focus is in atomic and molecular spectroscopy. He is most passionate about teaching physics at all levels. He enjoys finding connections to physics in a variety of media including videogames, movies and comics.

Massooma Pribhai
Dr. Massooma Pirbhai, assistant professor of physics, earned her Ph.D. in biophysics at Lehigh University. While she is most intrigued by how nanomaterials affect biosystems, she teaches astronomy at Susquehanna University.

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