SIP is open to all high-school students

Did you know that girls outnumber boys by a ratio of 3:2 in SIP?
Roughly 60% of the high-school students who have participated in the program are female. This is especially noteworthy considering that most SIP projects are computational in nature and/or in the physical sciences (e.g., astrophysics, computer science, engineering, physics), areas of STEM in which women continue to be severely underrepresented.

Did you know that students from 155 different high schools have participated in SIP?
SIP may have started with three students from a private school in San Jose (Harker) in 2009, but in the decade since its inception, the program has included students from 123 different California high schools, 17 high schools in other states, and 15 international schools. See the full list of high schools below.

Did you know that the fraction of SIP interns from public schools has increased steadily over the years?
The percentage has gone from 0% in year 1 of SIP (2009) and 13% in year 2 to 40% in 2014. Of the 155 high schools that have been represented in SIP so far, approximately two thirds are public schools. The program is actively seeking to increase the fraction/number of public school participants (see below).

Did you know that SIP offers scholarships?
A total of 53 full scholarships and 2 partial scholarships were offered in 2019 on the basis of need, and this corresponded to about a third of the pool of 180 interns that summer. The full scholarships covered all tuition, shuttle, and room and board costs.

Click here for a one-pager about diversity in SIP in 2015 and plans for 2016

Read more about SIP’s ongoing efforts to increase diversity …

Partnerships with public schools
SIP has built strong partnerships with several local Title 1 and charter high schools in order to actively recruit underserved students. SIP’s local partner schools include Alisal HS (Salinas), Downtown College Prep (El Primero and Alum Rock campuses, San Jose), Eastside College Prep (East Palo Alto), Gonzales HS (Gonzales), North Monterey County HS (Salinas), Santa Cruz HS (Santa Cruz), Soquel HS (Soquel), Watsonville HS, and Yerba Buena HS (San Jose).
Partnerships with after school organizations and other summer programs
In an effort to increase/maintain the diversity of its applicant and intern pools and to specifically reach out to disadvantaged students, SIP has built built partnerships with several after-school and summer programs that focus on underserved high school students. SIP’s Bay Area partner organizations include College Track (East Palo Alto, Oakland, Sacramento, and San Francisco), Digital Nest (Watsonville), Minds Matter of San Francisco, and Peninsula Bridge (Palo Alto). The SIP program continues to have close ties with the COSMOS (California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science), MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) Schools Program, and GIE (Girls in Engineering) programs in UC Santa Cruz’s Educational Partnership Center (EPC) in order to ensure that there is a steady flow of students from these programs to SIP.
Financial assistance for students who cannot afford the cost of attending SIP
In the past, SIP has offered limited financial assistance to students/families who could not afford the cost of housing. Now that SIP is charging for the academic program, we are offering a number of need-based full and partial scholarships to offset the academic program, campus housing (room and board), and transportation fees for students from low-income families. About a third of all SIP interns in any given year are on full scholarships.
List of high schools whose students have participated in SIP (out of date)
Name of high school Type Location
Abraham Lincoln High School Public San Jose, CA
Adrian C. Wilcox High School Public Santa Clara, CA
Alsion Montessori Early College High School Private Fremont, CA
Amador Valley High School Public Pleasanton, CA
The Anglo-American School of Moscow Private Moscow, Russia
Aptos High School Public Aptos, CA
Aragon High School Public San Mateo, CA
Archbishop Mitty High School Private San Jose, CA
Ardenwood High School Homeschool Newark, CA
Balboa High School Public San Francisco, CA
Bellarmine College Preparatory Private San Jose, CA
Boise High School Public Boise, ID
Carlmont High School Public Belmont, CA
Carmel High School Public Carmel, CA
Carondelet High School Private Concord, CA
Castilleja School Private Palo Alto, CA
Castro Valley High School Public Castro Valley, CA
Clovis North High School Public Clovis, CA
The College Preparatory School Private Oakland, CA
Crystal Springs Uplands School Private Hillsborough, CA
Cupertino High School Public Cupertino, CA
Dougherty Valley High School Public San Ramon, CA
Downtown College Prep El Primero High School Public San Jose, CA
Evergreen Valley High School Public San Jose, CA
Francis Parker School Private San Diego, CA
Georgiana Bruce Kirby Prep School Private Santa Cruz, CA
Harbor High School Public Santa Cruz, CA
The Harker School Private San Jose, CA
Henry M. Gunn High School Public Palo Alto, CA
Homestead High School Public Cupertino, CA
Irvington High School Public Fremont, CA
Kehillah Jewish High School Private Palo Alto, CA
The Latymer School Private London, UK
Lawrenceville School Private Lawrence Township, NJ
Leigh High School Public San Jose, CA
Leland High School Public San Jose, CA
Los Altos High School Public Los Altos, CA
Los Gatos High School Public Los Gatos, CA
Lowell High School Public San Francisco, CA
Lynbrook High School Public San Jose, CA
Menlo School Private Menlo Park, CA
Mentoring Academy Private Oakland, CA
Miramonte High School Public Orinda, CA
Mission San Jose High School Public San Jose, CA
Monta Vista High School Public Cupertino, CA
Mountain View High School Public Mountain View, CA
Multinational School Private Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Notre Dame High School Private Belmont, CA
The Nueva School Private San Mateo, CA
Pacific Collegiate School Public Santa Cruz, CA
Palo Alto High School Public Palo Alto, CA
Park Tudor School Private Indianapolis, IN
Phillips Academy Private Andover, MA
Pinewood Academy Private Los Altos Hills, CA
Presentation High School Private San Jose, CA
Redwood High School Public Larkspur, CA
Saint Francis High School Private Mountain View, CA
San Mateo High School Public San Mateo, CA
Santa Cruz High School Public Santa Cruz, CA
Saratoga High School Public Saratoga, CA
Scappoose High School Public Scappoose, OR
Scotts Valley High School Public Scotts Valley, CA
Sentinel Secondary School Public West Vancouver, BC, Canada
Shanghai American School Private Shanghai, China
South Gate High School Public South Gate, CA
Soquel High School Public Soquel, CA
Stanford Online High School Private Stanford, CA
Valley Christian High School Private San Jose, CA
Watsonville High School Public Watsonville, CA
Willow Glen High School Public San Jose, CA
Yerba Buena High School Public San Jose, CA
York High School Private Monterey, CA