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What is Horizons?

The Horizons Program is intended to help young women embrace the excitement of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), and to better understand and communicate its everyday use and importance.

For more information about this program, contact: 

Melissa Richards
Horizons Program Director 
Phone: 315-268-4128

Clarkson University
Horizons Program
BOX 5512
Potsdam NY 13699

Program Dates for Summer 2017:

Horizons I & II
Week 1: July 16 - July 21
Week 2: July 23 - July 28

Horizons III
Week 1: July 15 - July 21
Week 2: July 22 - July 28

We believe that the adolescent years are very crucial in the development of a person. During this time a person is investigating their identity. Often their identity is based on the things or people around them and how they interact with them. From this they tend to formulate “conclusions” about themselves and career goals as compared to a societal norm. Sadly, although females have an aptitude equal to males in science, engineering, and mathematics, few choose to pursue careers in these areas. We're hoping that encouragement at this pivotal age may make the difference. 

Through fun and challenging hands-on projects, the Horizons curriculum uses an integrated instructional module in mathematics, science, and engineering, supported by the arts and technology.  We believe in a holistic approach to education.  Additionally, that it is important to foster growth and balance in the life of a participant in every course. Thus, the life skills component further enhances the instruction as participants build confidence, personal insight, leadership and team spirit in an emotionally supported learning environment. 

At Horizons, participants are taught by a predominantly female staff composed of teachers and other professionals. Our young guests are also accompanied and mentored by program assistants who are undergraduate or graduate college females who excel in STEAM disciplines. Group sizes are small so each participant has the opportunity to form a lasting relationship with staff and peers.

Horizons I will accept approximately 180 participants with 90 young women scheduled for each of the two weeks. Horizons II will accept approximately 120 participants with 60 scheduled for each of the two weeks. Horizons III will accept approximately 48 participants with 24 scheduled for each of the two weeks.

School Registration (For Horizons I ONLY):

For participating schools already on our data base, materials are mailed between mid-January and early February of each year.  Schools who wish to engage in the Horizons program for the first time, please fill out the school registration form below. For more information please contact the Horizons Program Director via

Click here to access the School Registration Form.


Application Procedure, Nominee Selection and Notification of Acceptance to the Program

For summer 2017, we are transitioning to electronic applications and forms. However, if you would like copies of the form mailed or emailed to you, please contact our office as soon as possible.

A completed application packet contains:

  • The Nomination/Application form (Horizons I, Horizons II, or Horizons III),
  • Answers to specific questions geared toward Horizons I or Horizons II,
  • Two Recommendation forms (written comments are highly encouraged) – one of which must be from a science or math teacher in the nominating school and one from someone (other than a family member) who can ascertain the suitability of the program for the young woman as well as her readiness for a residential program, and,
  • A copy of the applicant's year-to-date grade report as well as the grade report from the previous year. Copies of grade reports/transcripts may be mailed to our physical mailing address, or scanned and emailed to If sumbitting via email, please use the following format for the subject line: "Applicant's Last Name, First Name: Transcript for Horizons 2017."

Your completed packet should contain all required documents and be submitted as a single mailing postmarked on or before March 17, 2017 if you are using paper documents. If you are emailing, everything must be emailed to by 11:59 PM EST on March 17, 2017.

Unless an exception is granted, we reserve the right not to review applications that are not postmarked by the announced date.

All applicants – accepted or not and including those who are on wait-list status - will be notified of their status between late-April and early May.  If the applicant is accepted and chooses not to participate, please notify the Director as early as possible so the opportunity can be shared with another candidate.

Wait-listed applicants who move to acceptance status will be notified on or about June 2, 2017 and will receive available unpaid slots. Full tuition is required upon notification of acceptance.

Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY

Participants reside two in a room in a Clarkson University dormitory. Female program personnel live on the dormitory floors with the participants. Meals, classes and recreation are held on the Clarkson campus.

This is a full immersion program with fun and engaging activities ongoing at all times. Participants are not permitted to leave campus or move about campus alone and are under supervision at all times.

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A residential, one-week program that connects talented 7th and 8th grade girls to the joy and excitement of math, science and engineering through hands-on, experiential activities and team projects.