Santa Clara University


Summer Engineering Seminar (SES)

2015 program information and application materials will be available by Monday, December 8.

A Special Summer Program for High School Students

The School of Engineering at Santa Clara University is pleased to announce it's 25th annual Summer Engineering Seminar (SES) program. This special summer experience is for high school juniors who are curious about engineering. The program is designed to acquaint participants with the engineering profession, the academic expectations of college, and the nature of life at a university. Two sessions will be held during the summer of 2014:

Session 1: July 27-31, 2014
Session 2: August 3-7, 2014


The Program

The SES program is designed to motivate young people to pursue science and engineering majors in college so they can ultimately participate in the scientific and technical work force. It provides participants with a chance to explore possibilities of engineering as a career while living in University residence halls staffed by program counselors. Participants eat their meals in University dining facilities, attend special workshops and complete their own engineering projects. Participants experience the outside-of-class aspects of Santa Clara University through afternoon and evening recreational activities. Feel free to browse the 2013 SES Schedule to take a look at the variety of program activities offered (2014's schedule is subject to change).

During their stay on campus, students attend introductory level workshops spanning several disciplines of engineering taught by our engineering faculty. Topics will include: Bio, Civil, Computer Science, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. Participants attend all core workshops for a broad exposure to the various disciplines and careers within the field of engineering. SES workshops will be held in the School of Engineering, the focal point for engineering education at Santa Clara University.

Who is Eligible?

Students who will have completed their junior year of high school by July 1, 2014, and who are interested in exploring the field of engineering and its various disciplines are eligible to apply. Because of the introductory nature of this program, students who have little to no exposure to engineering are preferred. Women and other underrepresented groups in the field of engineering are highly encouraged to apply.

Please note that students will only be able to participate in one of our high school engineering programs (SEEDs or SES), as the academic content of both programs is very similar. Information on the Spring Engineering Education Days (SEEDs) Program can be found here.


All on-site fees for the SES Program are paid by the School of Engineering along with gifts from Flextronics and The Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Foundation, resulting in no costs for participants who are accepted into the program. This covers room fees, all meals and supplies. Participants are responsible, however, for their own transportation to and from campus.


To be considered for this program, applicants must submit the following application materials: 

  1. A completed online application, which is now closed.
  2. An 200-300 word application submitted on the online application addressing the following: Why are you an ideal candidate for the SES program? How do you think you could benefit from the program?
  3. An SES instructor recommendation form completed by a high school math, science, computer or technology teacher, which is available here. Filling out the form on a web browser will not allow you to save changes; therefore it is recommended that you save the file to your computer first, before filling it out. Instructors can submit this form by scanning and emailing the signed form to (recommended) or by mailing the completed form, postmarked by the application deadline in a sealed and signed envelope to:

Shane Wibeto – SES Program
School of Engineering
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

All application materials must be received no later than 5:00 pm on Thursday, March 13th, 2014. We will be unable to accept any late applications.


Each year the SES program receives hundreds of applications from across the country for a limited number of spots making acceptance to the program very competitive. For program consideration, applications will be evaluated based on academic performance (particularly in math and science), strength of instructor recommendation, and alignment of applicant with program goals. Applicants will be informed of their status via email by the evening of Thursday, April 24th.

For more information or questions, write or call:


The School of Engineering provides an outstanding theoretical and practical experience for both undergraduate and graduate students in the heart of Silicon Valley. Distinguished faculty, academic excellence, personal attention and a culture of social responsibility are hallmarks of our program.

Disciplines in the School of Engineering include applied mathematics, bioengineering, civil, computer, electrical and mechanical engineering, and engineering management and leadership. More information can be found here.

If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation, please call 408-554-4728 or California Relay at 800-735-2929 (TTY) two weeks prior to the event.

2014 SES Brochure

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Sample SES Schedule

The 2013 schedule is available as a sample program schedule.

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2014 SES Sponsors

The SES Program is made possible by the School of Engineering along with gifts from Flextronics and The Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Foundation.


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