STEAMM Inventor's Studio

Open to rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Facilities
July 22-August 2, 2019 | Duration: 2 Weeks
Commuters: $1300.00 Residential: $3270.00
Application Information: 

Prerequisites: Students looking to explore a career in engineering, science, technology, and especially their crosscutting, innovative disciplines are encouraged to apply for this program. Applications will be selected based on GPA, science/tech/engineering/math related activities, student response questions, and teacher reference forms.

Please note: Online applications must be submitted before supplemental information can be received. Supplemental information including recommendation letters, transcripts, etc. can be copies, we do not need originals.

Questions?: If you have any questions regarding submitting your application, please contact a Summer@Rensselaer staff member at (518) 276-6809 or email


Students will explore cutting-edge interdisciplinary topics and career paths that integrate disciplines in science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics, and medicine. This is an inventor's studio, project-based program that combines hands-on discovery with classroom learning. 

What You Will Learn: 

The program facilitates students to think outside the box, to invent, and go beyond a single discipline, realizing their potential as interdisciplinary engineers and scientists. Over the course of two weeks, participants will learn about a variety of undergraduate majors and career paths from a team of Rensselaer faculty working across departments. Students will also work on small-group projects and present their research and findings at the conclusion of the program. A strong focus will be placed on developing effective written technical communication and presentation skills. 

For additional details regarding the Rensselaer undergraduate experience, in a place where students and faculty collaborate to find solutions to the most pressing technological challenges we face today in energy, biotechnology, materials, information technology and management, and complex systems, visit The Office of Admissions at Rensselaer.

Faculty Profile: 

Dr. Li (Emily) Liu is an Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Professor Liu's research interests include: use of Neutron, X-ray, and Dynamic Light Scattering in nanotechnology and polymer science, such as soft colloidal systems; Molecular Dynamics to Phase-Field simulations of nuclear fuel and cladding materials; radiation damage; experimental validations of nanoscale to mesoscale simulations; energy policy and energy related economic issues; and the measurements and calculations of inelastic neutron cross sections.

Dr. Asish Ghosh is a Professor of Practice in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering. His research focus includes technology and product innovation, product/process design and analysis, and mechanical properties of materials. He leads the undergraduate Inventor's Studio course series at Rensselaer.

Jasmine Yang, Sr. Institutional Research Analyst


Program Cost and Accommodations: 

Commuter Cost is $1300.00. There is a $425.00 non-refundable deposit required in order to reserve your spot in the program, once the student is academically accepted. This cost includes tuition, field trips, and program materials only. Commuters must furnish their own transportation to and from campus. Check-in will be on Monday morning and Check-out will be on Friday, after a final presentation.

Residential Cost is $3270.00. There is a $425.00 non-refundable deposit required in order to reserve your spot in the program, once the student is academically accepted. This cost includes tuition, program materials, field trips, room and board, and all residential activities. Check-in will be on Sunday afternoon prior to the start of the program and Check-out will be on Friday, after a final presentation.

Accepted students will receive inormation regarding accommodations, arrival/departure times, and full program details upon registration. Please note that all students will be required to submit health and medical information (including immunization records) before arrival on campus. All residential students must possess medical insurance.

Important Dates: 

January 7 – Application opens
March 31 – Application deadline 
April 30 – Students are notified of their acceptance
May 15 - Registration deadline for accepted students
June 1 – Final day to submit health forms
June 1- Final payment is due for accepted/registered students

Registration Information:  Accepted students should register as soon as possible after admission. A link will be provided to you upon your acceptance.

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