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Added on: July 14, 2016
Last updated: December 11, 2018

SMASH UC Davis – Summer Mathematics and Science Honors Academy

Program Overview / Impact

The Summer Mathematics and Science Honors Academy is a program hosted collaboratively with Level Playing Field Institute and UC Davis. SMASH UC Davis is a free, three-year summer residential college preparatory program for high school students from low-income or historically underrepresented backgrounds, or who will be the first in their family to attend college. This rigorous academy inspires and prepares students from the surrounding region to be college competitive in science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

***The SMASH program provides an outstanding broader impacts opportunity for STEM grants. 



How to Get Involved

Students in California apply to SMASH campuses at Stanford, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, or UC Los Angeles. Applicants from the greater Sacramento Region will be reviewed by the SMASH UC Davis Campus. Each campus accommodates a new cohort of thirty 9th graders each summer and previous returning 10th and 11th graders. The application process opens every fall online by December 15th and closes by March 1st.  Applications are reviewed based on:

  • Grades, especially in math and science courses in the 9th grade
  • Math/science teacher recommendations
  • Participation in math/science activities
  • Community Involvement and Student Leadership
  • Student Interviews

More Information

Applications are available on the Level Playing Field Institute website: lpfi.org/smash


Please contact the SMASH UC Davis office at smash@ucdavis.edu or call (530)752-2195.




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