Academic Programs

Conflict Resolution: Conflict Resolution Youth Summit

Contact: Sarah Kincaid, Conflict Resolution Youth Summit,, 703-993-9803 Website: 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 Program

Contact: Lisa Des Jardins, Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation,, 703-993-5336 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 one college credit 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, Website:

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 Summer Camps

Contact: Kammy Sanghera, 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. For additional information and a list of available programs, visit the website.
(Fairfax Campus)

Environmental Science/Conservation: Washington Youth Summit on the Environment

Contact: George Mason University, Office of Admissions,, 703-993-5010 Website: 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 Website: With the phenomenal success of the George Mason Institute of Forensics (GMIF) over the past 12 years, we are pleased to announce the 13th Annual George Mason Institute of Forensics for summer 2017. 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: Vera Lichtenberg, Mason Game & Technology Academy,, 703-993-7101 Website: MGTA offers courses in introductory, intermediate, and advanced programming and Cybersecurity (ages vary), Game Design courses for ages 9-12, and Virtual Reality Minecraft Modding with Java. 

The MGTA Honors Program offers an advanced Game Design curriculum for middle and high school students. Courses include: 3D Game Design, Mobile/Augmented Reality App Development, Art and Animation, Virtual Reality Game Development, Digital Art for Games, and more. There is a commuter option and a residential option. 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, Loudoun Site)

Journalism: Washington Journalism and Media Conference

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

Mathematics and Technology for Talented Youth

Contact: Dr. J. E. Lin, George Mason University, Department of Mathematical Sciences,, 703-973-6889 Website: The purpose of this program is to offer non-credit enrichment courses in mathematics and computer science for students who are entering the 7th grade through 12th grade. 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, Website: George Mason University’s School of Nursing will conduct a nursing camp for rising high school sophomores and juniors. 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. 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 Website: 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, Website: The Northern Virginia Writing Project (NVWP) Student Summer Institute (SSI) is an enrichment program 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)