Caribbean Summer Scholars Program

Spend your summer working with some of the world's smartest doctoral candidates. Learn marketable technical skills, work on doctoral level research and create great experiences! 

About the program 

The Caribbean Summer Scholars Program is the first and only program of its kind in the Caribbean, designed to match talented high school students with current doctoral students in the US, UK, or Canada. The program offers a unique opportunity for students to take courses and work on individual and group projects, learning new technical skills, becoming exposed to modern careers, and gaining insight into the frontier of research. Hybrid (online and in person), the program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive and immersive learning experience, giving them a taste of what it's like to be a researcher at a top university and equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their fields of interest. The program is open to all high school students in the Caribbean, US, UK or Canada. This is a great opportunity for students to gain valuable experience and exposure to topics and skills not covered by the typical curriculum in the English Speaking Caribbean.

Courses

Our program offers a wide range of courses to challenge and inspire high achieving students. Our courses cover a variety of subjects, from finance and biotechnology to heat transfer, literature, race, and self-design projects. We believe that a well-rounded education is essential for success, and our program reflects that philosophy. By taking our courses, students will gain a solid understanding of a subject and develop critical thinking skills, problem-solving abilities, and technical expertise through independent research, project-based learning, and mentorship. Our faculty consists of the generation of scholars and practitioners who are passionate about teaching and mentoring young minds. We encourage high achieving students to take advantage of this opportunity to learn from the best and challenge themselves in a supportive and intellectually stimulating environment. Click "Access our catalogue of courses" above for our full list of courses. 


Work on creative projects!

How does CSSP work ?

Students sign up for one or more courses that are taught by current doctoral students at some of the world's top universities (Harvard, Berkeley, UToronto, Johns Hopkins, UMiami, Drexel, Columbia etc). Students work on individual and group projects and are introduced to a foundation in technical, creative or research skills.  Some students will get the opportunity to work as research assistants on ongoing projects at the frontier of research in their respective fields. All students, after acquiring specific skills (such as coding, data analysis, writing mathematical proofs), will then work on a project that will be supervised by the lecturer. Students will acquire modern, technical and in-demand skills that will prepare them to take more advanced courses in college. 


Past students have worked on projects to improve the accessibility of financial data in Jamaica by writing python scripts to scrape the website of the Jamaica Stock Exchange. Other students have assisted with ongoing PhD-level research which centres around capturing the widely under-researched oral history of marginalized groups in Jamaica. The program is offered online and in person (in Kingston, Jamaica).  Some courses have excursions to labs, museums, landmarks. Each course spans 5 to 10 weeks. Each week, students can expect to meet with lecturers for at least one 1.5 hour session and spend anywhere between 5 and 10 hours outside of class working on their projects. Given that we recruit top students from across the Caribbean, classes are taught remotely while some excursions (museums, landmarks, research centers) and workshops are held in person on our partner campuses across Jamaica. 

Your instructors : 

Alex Ashley, PhD Chemical Engineering 

Jovante Anderson, PhD English Literature

Marissa Falcone, PhD Clinical Psychology

Jelani Williams, PhD Marine and Environmental Biology

Victoria Puglia, Rhodes Scholar (International Relations)

Calvin Wright, PhD Finance and Business Economics

Astrid Jenkins, Oxford University

Workshops, panel discussions & case studies!



We've organized a series of speaker sessions, workshops, and panel discussions to enrich the perspectives of CSSP participants. Our goal is to expose students to leading careers, and the path required to achieve them, including graduate school, internships, and building a strong college application. We're collaborating with industry experts to ensure that these sessions are informative and impactful, and we believe that attendance is mandatory for all CSSP participants. Our aim is to inspire and equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary for success in their chosen careers.

TOPICS & SPEAKERS


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Financial Aid and Costs

The CSSP 2023 program is an exceptional opportunity for high-achieving students from the Caribbean to engage in a world-class learning experience. We recognize that the cost of summer programs can be prohibitively expensive for many families, which is why we are committed to ensuring that financial need does not prevent qualified students from participating in our program.

Our admissions committee will carefully review all applications and select the most academically successful students who demonstrate financial need. By offering our program at no cost, we hope to level the playing field and provide equal access to educational opportunities for all students, regardless of their financial circumstances.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) & Why CSSP 2023 ?

Yes! In fact, if your internship is related to a course you've signed uo for, then we even recommend it. 

This depends on how many courses you sign up for. Each course meets for 1.5 hours total each week. Additionally, students attend office hours for 1 hour to get 1-1 feedback from lecturers and ask individal questions. Students can also expect to spend anywhere from 1 - 10 additional hours per week working on their individual or group project, attending workshops and seminars, completing experiments and attending excursions.  So students can expect to dedicate betweeb 2.5 to 12 hours a week for each course. This is an academically rigorous program.

Yes! This program is designed for English Speaking Caribbean students, however we welcome applicants from the US, Canada, UK, China and everywhere else in the world!

The course is idea for high school students who are currently in 4th, 5th or 6th form (grades 10, 11 and 12).  We assess the background of each student to determine if they are adequately prepaed for the rigour of our courses. We also offer our courses at both the intermediate and advanced levels to ensure that students are placed in the appropriate class.