Scientific Discovery Program

Program Information

Purpose: This is a special program for high ability, high potential 9th and 10th grade students who demonstrate a strong interest in science and/or mathematics. Students of color and female students are encouraged to apply.

Program Activities: Participants will experience biological, chemical, computer sciences, mathematical, social and statistical sciences through laboratories, special demonstrations, presentations, field trips and lectures related to water quality and solid waste management. Participants will use the knowledge and skills they develop to conduct research on topics that have social and environmental significance in their communities. University and practicing scientists will work closely with the student in identifying, designing, developing and implementing the research project.

Eligibility: Students currently in 9th and 10th grade.All eligible students are encouraged to apply.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Priority given to members of groups underrepresented in science fields 
  2. Willingness to learn and cooperate
  3. Students in 9th and 10th grades as of September 2014
  4. The program will seek ethnic, gender, regional, and social diversity among participants. 
  5. Timeliness of application
  6. Teacher Recommendation

Please note that not all applicants may be accepted because of a limited number of positions.

Program Dates: July 5, 2015 - July 31, 2015

Cost: All students applying to this program must pay a $10.00 non-refundable application fee. All expenses related to tuition, academic fees, books and campus room and board will be provided. However , normal out-of-pocket living expenses for notebooks, calculators, snacks, laundry, recreation and other incidents should be anticipated. Limited financial aid to cover these living expenses is available to students in need. Students accepted to this program are fully subsidized by the program's sponsors and some students may qualify for Minnesota summer scholarships as well. A copy of tax return (From 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return 2014) , which shows the adjusted gross income figure, must be submitted for income verification. International students may be charged up to but not more than $1,000. The actual cost per student for this program is $4,000.00.

Sponsored by: Office of Pre-College Programs at St. Cloud State University with funding provided by  St. Cloud State University.

Application Deadline: Application forms are due by April 24, 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Acceptance Notice: Students will be notified of acceptance by May 15, 2015, or shortly after submission of application materials. Acceptance letters will provide additional information on time of arrival and departure, clothing, housing, activities, and fee payment. It is difficult to answer questions about status of applications prior to the selection process. Please await notice. Persons applying online may be able to ascertain their status through the Internet. Applications that are received after April 24, 2015 may be placed on a waiting list.


Students participating in Pipeline camps who rank in or near the top 30% of their high school graduating class who enroll with SCSU upon graduation from high school will be eligible for a minimum $1,000 SCSU scholarship. Participants will also be considered for all SCSU Admissions merit-based scholarships for which they meet the minimum criteria, providing opportunities for additional scholarship funds. In order to be eligible for scholarship benefits, participants must be admitted to SCSU no later than December 15th of their high school senior year. All participants will receive the benefit of an application fee waiver upon application to SCSU and submission of this certificate.


Summer Academic Enrichment Program
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