LPFI’s SMASH Academy to Double its Impact on STEM Students of Color

February 1, 2012

Level Playing Field Institute’s flagship Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH) is expanding to the campuses of UCLA and USC this summer.  SMASH, a free, rigorous STEM-focused summer program has been closing the opportunity gap for high achieving, low-income high school students of color in CA since 2004.

 “Our new partnerships with Center for Excellence in Engineering and Diversity (CEED) at UCLA and with the Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI) at USC, will change lives and create a greater pipeline of students of color who are poised to persist and graduate from college with a STEM degree, ” said LPFI’s Executive Director Robert Schwartz.  “After eight years of proven success on the UC Berkeley Campus and a year at Stanford University, I’m very pleased to be bringing the benefits of the unique SMASH model to students in Southern California.”  LPFI is planning to expand SMASH nationwide beginning in 2013.

LPFI is currently accepting applications from 9th graders of color in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles – registration closes February 23rd, 2012. Please apply here.

LPFI is also hiring instructors (mainly high school math & science teachers) and RAs for SMASH this summer at UC Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA and USC.  Please apply here.  

Watch a video “How SMASH Has Impacted Me.”

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