Programs

  • The Artemis Project: Artemis is a five-week summer program for rising 9th grade girls focused on computer science. Participants learn computer languages such as Scratch, AppInventor, HTML, CSS, and Python.  They also are introduced to robotics, cryptography, artificial intelligence, and circuits. In addition, they learn how computer science is applied in the real world by hearing from guest speakers and going on field trips. BU undergraduate students lead the program.
  • Summer Pathways: This is a one-week, immersive, residential summer program for young women who are entering their junior or senior year in high school and are interested in math and science. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about a broad array of careers and research areas, as well as interact with women working in these fields.
  • GROW (Greater Boston Research Opportunities for Young Women) is a six-week paid internship for young women in high school who are seriously interested in STEM careers. Participants will earn a stipend of  $1500 working in a BU research lab. Students will be placed in a biology or chemistry lab and and participate in cutting edge research in a collaborative group session. Participants will also visit a local pharmaceutical or biotech company, learn about careers in STEM fields, and present their findings at a research symposium. 
  • Codebreakers is a three-week, summer program providing young women in high school with an introduction to the fundamentals of cyber security and computer science.  Students will learn how to code in Python, as well as learn about topics such as digital forensics, crytotograthy, netwrok vulnerabilities and cyber ethics, The program will include a variety of guest speakers, as well as a field trip. No background is cyber security of computer programming is required.
  • BIOBUGS — The Biology Graduate Student Association, in partnership with LERNet hosted a “Genetics of Behavior” lab for a week in December and a “Comparative Anatomy” lab for a week in May. Over 350 students participated in these two labs and the BGSA has plans to host one per semester in coming years.
  • GK12 GLACIER: NSF-funded program which partners BU graduate and undergraduate students majoring in geography, earth science, biology, mathematics, or engineering with K-12 teachers in Brookline, Cambridge, and Boston. The GK12 fellows work with teachers to develop curricula that enhance contact around the topic of Global Change. Currently we have placed 23 fellows in grade 5-8 classrooms.
  • Johns Hopkins CTY Events: Program co-hosted with Johns Hopkins’ Center for Talented Youth (CTY) for its members, gifted middle school students, and their parents. The topic changes each year — Past programs have included Exploring the Quantum World, Exploring the Mind and the Brain, Environmental Science, Biotechnology,Marine and Ocean Biology, and Nanotechnology. The theme of the 2015 program was Mathematics, and took place on Sunday, November 22, 2015.
  • SET in the City: Day long program for girls in high school which starts at BU with short talks and an information bazaar. From there participants travel by bus to one of five venues for lunch and hands-on activities. The program concludes at a third venue with a Keynote and a panel comprised of undergraduate and graduate women from STEM fields.
  • Tech Savvy: A weeklong program during the summer focusing on computing, technology and engineering for girls entering the 7th or 8th grade. Participants board a bus each day at BU and head to a different venue each day of the week for activities. In Summer 2015, participants visited Northeastern University, Harvard University, UMass Boston, and Wentworth Institute of Technology, where WGBH Design Squad also provided activities.
  • Weekday Physics Labs: During certain times of the year physics department labs are open to high school students and offer them a chance to try some of the undergraduate labs. Several are computer-based labs designed to lead students towards a new discovery in physics. For information on the labs offered  please click here. If you are interested in participating in one of the labs please contact Cynthia Brossman.
  • New England Undergraduate Computing Symposium (NEUCS): LERNET is a member of the NEUCS organizing committee that organizes this annual symposium to highlight excellence and diversity in computing. Each year approximately 100 undergraduates showcase their work in poster sessions, and attend a keyonote, career panel and career fair.
  • Cosmic Collisions@BU: Students visit BU and take a virtual field trip to the Large Hadron Collider in CERN.  Students not only skype with scientists from around the world and get a tour of the control room, they are also learn to analyze real data from the experiment.