The application period for the Summer Math and Science Honors (SMASH) 2011 closes on February 27, 2011.

Each year LPFI selects high-potential, low-income high school students of color to participate in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) focused SMASH Academy.

SMASH Academy is

  • A one to three-year 5-week summer math and science enrichment program;
  • For high achieving, low-income high-school students of color;
  • Focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM);
  • Successful in preparing scholars for college and achievement in higher education;
  • Free of cost.

SMASH scholars spend five weeks each summer at a SMASH site on a college campus (currently at UC Berkeley or Stanford) immersed in rigorous STEM classes.

SMASH scholars also receive year-round academic support including SAT prep, college counseling, financial aid workshops and other activities to ensure continued academic success.

Goals of SMASH

  • Prepare students from underrepresented communities to be competitive in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) related studies  at competitive universities.
  • Educate students about graduate school opportunities and encourage them to eventually attend in order to further pursue professional, STEM-related studies or careers.
  • Encourage a sense of social responsibility through promotion of critical thinking, civic awareness and leadership.

Applications and information can be found at For questions or concerns, please email


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