Student Learning and Achievement Aerospace and Mechanical (SLAAM) Engineering Summer Academy

The Student Learning and Achievement Aerospace and Mechanical (SLAAM) Engineering Summer Academy is a non-residential summer program aimed at academically talented and motivated high school students. SLAAM provides opportunities for students to pursue their intellectual curiosity and meet others who share their engineering interests, talents and abilities. SLAAM is a selective and competitive program for high-achieving high school students who wish to engage in meaningful science and engineering research and professional development at Rutgers Busch Campus. Students may attend one or multiple summer sessions. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and priority will be given to applications received prior to April 15, 2020.

SLAAM Application Portal is now OPEN.

In light of the COVID-19 crisis, the SLAAM program will most likely be canceled for the 2020 summer.  A decision regarding the program is expected in May 2020.


The cost for participation in the two-week program is $975 + $150 lab fee. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. As programs fill quickly each year, prospective scholars are encouraged to apply for admission as early as possible to ensure first choice of session dates and offerings. If accepted, an admissions counselor and or SLAAM staff member will contact you with the decision via email, wherein information pertaining to program expectations will be provided via email correspondence. Applicants who are not accepted, or who are wait listed will be notified through email. Tuition must be paid within 20 days of acceptance into the program in order for an applicant's spot to be held. Please note that when communicating with our office via email, you include the student's full name as it appears on the application in the subject line. Please direct your questions to MAE program office

For SLAAM Financial Aid Scholarship, please fill out this application

I. Session Availability

II. Project Descriptions and Preferences

Select project areas that match your interests.

III. Student Information

IV. Parent/Guardian Information

V. Applicant Academic Information

Select the grade you will enter in September 2019
Do you have experience working in a laboratory environment?
Please provide a typed essay (250 word maximum) that describes why you are interested in mechanical and/or aerospace engineering.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png txt pdf doc docx.
Describe a previous science fair project, science experiment, and/or engineering-based project that you enjoyed. Explain what you learned and why you enjoyed the project. (300 words maximum)
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: txt pdf doc docx.
Provide a transcript or report card.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
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VI. Recommendation Letters

Please provide the contact information for two teachers who will be writing letters of recommendation on your behalf for the SLAAM program. The teachers who provide the letters must teach classes in engineering, science, math and/or technology.
Teachers mail recommendation letters to the address provided below. The letters must be written on the school letterhead, signed by the teacher and mailed in a sealed envelope.

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey - MAE Department
Attention: SLAAM Program
98 Brett Road, Room B224
School of Engineering
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8058

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