Academic Programs

Conflict Resolution: Conflict Resolution Youth Summit

Contact: Denise Crlenjak, Conflict Resolution Youth Summit,, 703-993-4165

Delve into today’s toughest problems at the Conflict Resolution Youth Summit (CRYS). The CRYS is a summer program for high schoolers in the D.C. Metropolitan area that explores social and political action, global conflict, social justice, and leadership. Participants will learn through simulation labs, field trips, workshops, and by engaging with experts in the field. Students will develop skills in leadership, problem-solving, effective communication, and cross-cultural awareness. The program is offered by the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, a preeminent leader in innovative teaching, cutting-edge research and engaged practice. (Fairfax Campus)

Conservation: Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation Summer Programs

Contact: Robert Barrett, Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation,, 540-635-0460 Website:

Spend the week at the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, housed at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia. Learn about a range of endangered mammals, birds, and amphibians. Get one-on-one instruction from Mason’s award-winning faculty and Smithsonian researchers. Gain an understanding of the complex nature of present-day conservation that you can apply to future internships. Earn up to two college credits in our immersive, field-based, week-long residential program. Open to rising high school juniors, seniors, and rising college freshmen.
(Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Front Royal)

Debate: George Mason Debate Institute

Contact: Jackie Poapst, George Mason Debate Team, 267-393-1604,

The George Mason Debate Institute strives to offer the most individual attention of any debate camp. Low student-to-faculty ratios and an extremely active faculty allow us to meet the individual needs of every debater. We are proud of our ability to tailor our instruction to the needs of individual participants once assessments are done; tailored instruction is indeed a unique institute approach. The camp has a focus on debate as an educational and communicative activity, which offers a one-of-a-kind learning experience. As part of our unique educational approach, participants will get to hear from topic experts on important public policy issues. Our guest speaker series is certainly the most unique feature of our camp.
(Fairfax Campus)

Engineering and Technology: PreCollege STEM Program

Contact: Kammy Sanghera, George Mason University, Volgenau School of Engineering,, 703-362-2474 Website:

The Volgenau School of Engineering’s Pre-College STEM Program is happy to offer a variety of summer classes, ranging from topics of Web Development and Physics, to Cybersecurity and Engineering. Classes cover ages middle school and up.
(Fairfax Campus)

Environmental Science/Conservation: Washington Youth Summit on the Environment

Contact: George Mason University, Office of Admissions,, 703-993-5010

George Mason University, along with distinguished partners the National Geographic Society and the National Zoo, is proud to host the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment (WYSE). The WYSE welcomes 250 High School National Youth Delegates from all over the country. National Youth Delegates join the Mason community, which includes students and faculty from all over the world. The summit is a hands-on, interactive program that provides America’s highest achieving high school students with an interest in the environment, conservation and sustainability, and with the desire to explore careers in the fields of environmental science, conservation, policy, law and engineering, with a remarkable opportunity.
(Fairfax Campus)

Forensics: George Mason Institute of Forensics (GMIF)

Contact: George Mason Forensics Team,, 703-993-5887

With the phenomenal success of the George Mason Institute of Forensics (GMIF) over the past 13 years, we are pleased to announce the fourteenth annual George Mason Institute of Forensics for summer 2018. George Mason University and the George Mason Forensics Team invite you to Washington D.C. to participate, where you will learn from some of the great minds in Forensics.
(Fairfax Campus)

Game Design, Programming, and Technology: Mason Game & Technology Academy (MGTA)

Contact: Virginia Serious Game Institute and the George Mason Computer Game Design Program, Vera Lichtenberg ( or Nerissa Hart (, 703-993-7101

MGTA is the Community Outreach Program for Mason¹s Virginia Serious Game Institute (VSGI) and the Mason Computer Game Design Program. MGTA offers age-appropriate classes for students ages 9–18.

Classes include: 3D, 2D, and VR game development; machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI); mobile and augmented reality app development; digital art and AI; simulation, modeling, and animation; programming (C#, Java, Python); Roblox game development; introduction to programming through Minecraft; intro to hardware design; music and sound for games; and more!

Additionally, high school students will be able to register to earn one credit per week of classes. The MGTA Honors Program is administered in partnership with Envision.
(Fairfax Campus, SciTech Campus, Loudoun Site and a Virtual live-streaming Academy)

Journalism: Washington Journalism and Media Conference

Contact: George Mason University, Office of Admissions,, 703-993-5010

George Mason University is the host of the Washington Journalism and Media Conference (WJMC), and each summer welcomes high school student leaders from all over the country as National Youth Correspondents. Faculty members have developed the WJMC curriculum to suit the needs and potential of the nation’s most talented future leaders in the field. The conference curriculum includes hands-on learning with industry leaders from the Mason faculty as well as international media outlets and Washington insiders. National Youth Correspondents will experience an integrated and forward-thinking approach to journalism and media, while acquiring valuable “in-the-trenches” knowledge.
(Fairfax Campus)

Mason Kids Club: Time Traveler Summer Camp

Contact: George Mason University Child Development Center,

From the dinosaur age to the digital age! During this exciting summer camp, children will journey through a different era each week. The Mason Kids Club is hosted at the George Mason University Child Development Center (CDC). Camps are open to rising 1st through 4th graders. Summer 2018 sessions will be held from June 18 to August 10, and from August 13–27.
(Fairfax Campus)

Math and Technology: Mathematics and Technology for Talented Youth

Contact: Dr. J. E. Lin, George Mason University, Department of Mathematical Sciences,, 703-973-6889

This program offers non-credit enrichment courses in mathematics and computer science for students entering the 7th through 12th grades. The courses are designed to provide an accelerated learning environment in a college atmosphere for high-potential students. Eligibility: Participants must have at least a B average in their most recent mathematics course.
(Fairfax Campus)

Nursing Camp: The Evolving Role of the Nurse in Today’s Healthcare Delivery

Contact: George Mason University School of Nursing,

George Mason University’s School of Nursing will be conducting a nursing camp for high school students. The camp will provide small group projects and hands-on simulation to introduce core concepts of nursing in health and healthcare delivery. Come and learn about the variety of careers and roles that nurses play in the healthcare field today. For additional information, including how to apply, visit the website.
(Fairfax Campus)

Radio: WGMU Summer Radio Camp

Contact: Rodger Smith, WGMU Radio,, 703-993-2874
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WGMU’s Summer Radio Camp will provide students hands-on training in a professional radio environment. Students will get a chance to be a deejay and play music over WGMU, broadcast around the world from our website. Students will also learn how to write and produce commercials and newscasts. A field trip to an area radio station will give students a “behind the scenes” look at radio.
(Fairfax Campus)

Writing: Northern Virginia Writing Project

Contact: Northern Virginia Writing Project,

The Northern Virginia Writing Project (NVWP) Student Summer Institute (SSI) and Early Writers Camps are enrichment programs for students to write and share their work with other writers. We run two-week institutes for young writers, rising grades 5–12 (Fairfax and Arlington), and one-week camps for early writers, rising grades 1–4 (Arlington only). The NVWP offers time for students to grow as writers and to help other writers grow. This enrichment program is designed for students who enjoy writing poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and other genres, have a serious interest in it, and are willing to help others with their writing.
(Fairfax Campus, Arlington Campus)