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Summer Girls Program

2013 session--Do not reproduce without permission. Credit and Permissions contact Physics Department, UMD.

The Physics Frontier Center at the Joint Quantum Institute supports Summer Girls, an intensive, hands-on program that brings 9th- and 11th-grade girls to the University of Maryland's Department of Physics for two weeks of instruction, exploration and experiment. This is a free program open to all upcoming 9th, 11th and 12th graders, and we receive applications from a diverse group of young females* with one thing in common--- the desire to learn more about physics. No prior physics knowledge is necessary but applicants are required to write a statement explaining why they would like to attend this program.

9th Grade Program

The program will run daily from 8:30am – 4pm. In the mornings, activities include demonstrations, complete hands-on laboratory experiments, listening to lectures, and documenting their progress in journals. The afternoons are devoted to an ongoing two-week project that teaches participants trial and error and the principles of the scientific method. At the end of the two-week program, parents, teachers and siblings are invited to a closing ceremony where Summer Girls present their favorite demonstrations. 

Advanced Program

While the 9th grade program focuses on classical physics, the advanced program will jump into the world of modern physics. The program will run daily from 9am – 3pm. Participants will learn about topics ranging from relativity, to antimatter, quantum mechanics, physical uncertainty, quantum computing and more. The afternoons will be filled with hands-on lab activities, visits to cutting-edge research labs, discussions with professors who currently specialize in modern physics and a project to make the discussions of modern topics tangible. Students will be introduced to topics that they will likely not be offered in their high school classes, from the thought experiments of Einstein to current applications in code breaking.

More Information and Applications

* Program is open to all qualified applicants, both females and males.