SMASH is a free, STEM-intensive, fully residential, college preparatory program for underrepresented high students of color. SMASH boasts a 5-week, 3-year summer STEM enrichment program which provides access to both rigorous coursework and supportive mentors, role models, and students of color support networks. SMASH scholars remain engaged during the school year through monthly STEM activities and workshops. The program not only reinforces our scholars STEM academic identities, but also focuses on developing their critical thinking, civic awareness, leadership, and sense of social responsibility.
SMASH is currently hosted on the campuses of UC Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA, UC Davis and will launch at Morehouse College in Summer 2017.
SMASH Academy has experienced measurable success in the lives of its scholars:
100% of SMASH scholars graduate from high school and attend college
74% of SMASH alumni declare STEM majors as college freshmen
83% of SMASH alumni who declared STEM major as freshmen persist in STEM majors through senior year
SMASH is looking for high achieving, low income African American, Latinx, Native American, Southeast Asian (e.g. Cambodian, Laotian, Hmong, or Vietnamese) and/or Pacific Islander and Filipino students who are currently in 9th grade. The SMASH application deadline is March 1, 2017. To learn more visit www.lpfi.org/smash, see this flyer, or watch this video.