Summer 2020 Online Program
Please note that the details below are specific to our residential program, which has been transitioned to an online-only format due to COVID-19. For more information about this summer’s program, please visit the Online Program page.
An Interactive Experience
Housing & Dining
Rooms are assigned by gender, with male and female participants on separate floors, and typically on separate floors. SUMaC is committed to providing an inclusive, supportive, and comfortable residential environment for all participants, and gender-inclusive housing assignments can be provided.
SUMaC has many traditions such as thematic dress-up days, ultimate Frisbee, bughouse, and the SUMaC Olympics. Evening and weekend activities include a talent show, informal musical concerts, a weekend carnival, a campfire night, a dance, and other special evening events organized by the residential staff.
Past field trips include: the Exploratorium, the California Academy of Sciences, sightseeing in San Francisco, the beach in Capitola, and hiking on Angel Island or other scenic locations.
|8:00 am–9:00 am||Breakfast|
|9:00 am–11:30 am||In class (M–Th); Working on research project in groups of four or five (Fri)|
|11:30 am–12:30 pm||Lunch|
|12:30 pm–3:30 pm||Daily Problem Sets and individual meeting with TAs (20 to 60 minutes) to review previous day's problem sets.|
|3:30 pm–4:00 pm||Snack break|
|4:00 pm–6:00 pm||Recreational and Social Activities or Guest Lecture (twice a week)|
|6:00 pm–7:00 pm||Dinner|
|7:00 pm–9:30 pm||Free time for informal study or activities.|
|9:30 pm||All participants return to residence|
|11:00 pm||Lights out (on Fridays and Saturdays this may be one hour later)|
Each weekend there is one field trip day and one day on which participants partake in extra activities on the Stanford campus.
SUMaC participants live in a historic shingle-style building that was constructed in 1908 and served as the home of the Cooksey family. The three-story building was converted into an undergraduate student residence that goes by the name Synergy. The building is made from California redwood and has a complex-gabled roof, beautiful wood floors, and some of the original ornate mantelpieces. Synergy has become an iconic image of SUMaC, and the building holds a special place in the heart of those who have made it their home during their four weeks at SUMaC.