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2023 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.


Summer Physics Camp for Young Women is accepting applications!        

Applications are being accepted now for the 2023 Summer Physics Camp for Young Women in New Mexico and Hawaii.

When? June 5-16, 2023, Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
What? Tours, lectures, hands-on demonstrations, and interactive projects in robotics, coding, and engineering 
Where? New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe
Sponsored by New Mexico Consortium, LANL, TRIAD, LANL Foundation, Sandia National Laboratory, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, SAGE, N3B, Athena Engineering Scholars, Thirty Meter Telescope, Hawaii Science & Technology Museum, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, American Chemical Society, Institute of Nuclear Materials Management, TechSource

The 7th annual Summer Physics Camp for Young Women offers a unique opportunity for young women (including transgender women) and nonbinary students to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with STEM professionals. This two-week long camp will explore topics related to Energy and Energy Security (reliable, affordable access to all fuels and energy sources) and offer students a chance to boost their understanding of how STEM improves the world around us through activities, speakers, tours, and a hands-on project.

Have you heard about the James Webb Space Telescope or Mars Rover? Do you know how we send missions to space and what they can tell us about the evolution of our universe? Do you know how we track COVID or HIV, and how vaccines were created? Would you like to learn how to build a robotic hand or design an object with a computer aided design application? At the camp, students will study the principles of physics, engineering, bioengineering, and computer programming, and apply their knowledge in a range of exciting projects. They will also learn about different energy sources, including nuclear power, to better understand the challenges faced by our modern society. Reaching beyond engaging science, the participants will find out how to successfully write a resume and interview for a job, as well as explore internship opportunities available at local colleges, universities, and national laboratories like Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories.


This summer camp is FREE to students. Participants who complete the program will be provided a stipend and offered to be part of SAGE (Science Accelerating Girls' Engagement in STEM) Journey program that offers opportunities and gatherings for the students after the camp.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students living in NM, NM tribal communities or East Hawaii Island who are women (including transgender women) or nonbinary.
  • Completion of Algebra I or high-level math course 
  • Able to commit to 2-week full participation

If you are curious and enjoy a challenge, we would love for you to apply. Acceptance to the Camp is not based on grade point average. Free lunch and snacks will be provided.

How to apply

  1. Complete the online application. You will be asked to write a short essay about yourself, your interests and why you believe the camp will be useful to you
  2. Ask a teacher/counselor to send a reference letter explaining why they think this camp will benefit you to spcyw-nm@lanl.gov
  3. Obtain copies of your school transcripts confirming you have passed Algebra I to spcyw-nm@lanl.gov
  4. Application deadline: Saturday, April 1

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