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Summer Programs for High School Students

Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences currently offers three programs for rising high school juniors and seniors. There are two environmental science summer programs offered through the Drexel Environmental Science Leadership Academy (DESLA), along with the Physics IceCube Immersive Summer Program.

Drexel Environmental Science Leadership Academy

Desla 2015 Students in their waders

Drexel's Environmental Science Leadership Academy (DESLA) is one part adventure travel, one part leadership training, and two parts environmental science field experience. Students habitat-hop from seaside, to salt marsh, to maritime forest, all along the New Jersey coastline, or in the lush forests and lake ecosystems of the Poconos. Whether on the shore or in the mountains, students gain hands-on experience in a range of research areas, including beach, marsh and Pine Barren ecology, botany and paleontology.

The "tour guides" on these adventures are all-star Drexel professors and expert scientists from the nation’s oldest natural history museum, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

Students gain a broad understanding of what it means to be an environmental scientist and what it takes to be a leader in the field. Through a combination of theory-based courses and a lot of hands-on experience—the heart of a Drexel education—students will bond together through a research-rich summer adventure that will open the door to a future in environmental science and related fields.

Learn more about Drexel's Environmental Science Leadership Academy (DESLA)

Physics IceCube Immersive Summer Program

Aurora over the IceCube Project at the South Pole

Learn about the IceCube experiment at the South Pole through this free program. Students will work alongside particle physics researchers, tour university labs and gain skills in professional communication and computer programming.

Learn more about the Physics IceCube Immersive Summer Program