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Summer Academy for High School Students

Inquiries regarding opportunities for Rice University K-12 students in Houston should visit Rice's central hub for K-12 Initiatives. IBB high school programming is by invitation ONLY and not open to the general public.

IBB provides the Summer Academy for High School Students (only the Science Academy of South Texas (SAST) may participate) and the Girls STEM Initiative (a partnership program between IBB and designated HISD high schools).

Over the past twenty years, IBB summer high school programs have been extremely influential for the more than 400 students who have attended them. For details on this, see the Rice News & Media Relations article here.


Tom Brown, from the Hamill Foundation, meets the high school students participating in the IBB Summer Program during the Chemistry Magic Show demo led by Dr. Mary McHale. The Hamill Foundation is the lead underwriter for IBB's summer high school outreach efforts.


The Summer Academy for High School Students has been ongoing for over 22 years SAST2012and is a joint effort between Rice University and South Texas Independent School District to provide enhancement opportunities for the Science Academy of South Texas (SAST), a magnet science and technology school in Mercedes, Texas, serving grades 9-12. This school district covers the three counties of the Rio Grande Valley and provides exceptional programs for their students. The purpose of the program is to expose the participating students to the college experience and to give them an idea of what the various science and engineering fields encompass. The program is not open to outside applicants. The 2014 schedule can be found here. For a photo gallery of the SAST summer internships, click here.

20th Anniv SASTDr. Yousif Shamoo, Past Director of IBB, is shown here exchanging plaques with the Superintendent of STISD (Dr. Marla Guerra), the STISD Partnership Coordinator (Cindy Keller) and the Principal of SAST (Michael Aranda) to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the IBB Summer Academy Program, a very successful partnership between Rice and the Science Academy of South Texas.

The South Texas Independent School District recognized Rice's IBB with an award for IBB's Outstanding Summer Academy. In August 2008, on behalf of IBB, Dr. Stacey Kalovidouris, IBB's Executive Director, received the "Rice STISD Collaborating to Create a Culture of Excellence for South Texas Independent School District Students" Award from the South Texas ISD Board of Directors. Click here for the gallery.