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2021 Summer Physics Camp for Young Women

A two-week camp for young women that focuses on the physics of the Sun, Earth and everything in between.


  • Josefina Salazar
  • (505) 695-4030
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Summer Physics Camp for Young Women is Virtual!        

Applications are being accepted now for the ALL VIRTUAL 2021 Summer Physics Camp for Young Women in Northern and Central New Mexico.

Sponsored by New Mexico Consortium, LANL, TRIAD, LANL Foundation, Sandia National Laboratory, N3B, Athena Engineering Scholars, SAGE, Thirty Meter Telescope, Hawaii Science & Technology Museum, IEEE
Date June 7-18, 2021
Time Monday-Friday, 10:00am-12:00pm  1:00pm-4:00pm
Location Virtually from your home
Application Deadline  Closed - Friday, April 9, 2021

The two-week long Summer Physics camp for Young women in Northern and Central New Mexico offers a unique opportunity to explore what careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are all about. Held VIRTUALLY this year, the camp will focus on boosting your understanding of how STEM allows us to accomplish what was unimaginable just a few years ago: explore Mars, understanding the origins of the universe during the Big Bang, decipher how the building blocks of life fold and unfold,  COVID-19 behavior and vaccines, and programming and building robots just for fun!

Camp students will also learn practical skills such as how to write a resume, how to apply and interview for a job, the basics of computer programming, how to build and program your own computer (one more powerful than the one that took astronauts to the moon) and use it to control a project you will build.  Students will also be given virtual tours of research facilities and will be introduced to opportunities like internships at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Sandia National Laboratory (SNL) and at local New Mexico colleges.

Daily activities will include demonstrations, hands-on experiments, engineering and programming and robotics projects, presentations, professional development activities and, discussions with female scientists and engineers from LANL.


This summer camp is FREE to students. Participants who complete the program will be provided a stipend.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Young women attending high school in Northern and Central New Mexico
  • Completion of Algebra I or high-level math course (Note: Acceptance is NOT based on grades or GPA)

How to apply

  1. Complete the 2021 Summer Physics Camp for Young Women in Northern New Mexico - Application
  2. Write a short essay: Who are you? Why are you interested in this camp? How do you believe this program will be useful to you? What are your current interests? What do you think you would like to do as a career in the future (if you know it)?
  3. Ask a teacher/counselor to send a reference letter to spcyw-nm@lanl.gov explaining why they think this camp will benefit you.
  4. Email school transcripts showing completion of Algebra I level of math to spcyw-nm@lanl.gov.

Interested in becoming a sponsor?

The success of the Summer Physics Camp depends on our wonderful sponsors. We appreciate the support and do our best in exhibiting their business. Donations are tax deductible and can be sent to:

New Mexico Consortium Inc.
Attn: Teri Thomas-SPCYW
4200 West Jemez Rd., Suite 301
Los Alamos, NM 87544