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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: 

Horizons Program Director 
Phone: 315-268-4128

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.

Program Dates for Summer 2016:  

Horizons I & II
Week 1: July 24 - July 29
Week 2: July 31 - August 5

Horizons I will accept approximately 144 participants with 72 young women scheduled for each of the two weeks. Horizons II will accept approximately 96 participants with 48 scheduled for each of the two weeks.

Horizons I (First Year) Applicants Must be Nominated by Their School
First year participants must be nominated by someone in their school using official nomination documents. For participating schools already on our data base, materials are mailed in January of each year.  Schools who wish to engage in the Horizons program for the first time should utilize the materials provided as downloads below. If you'd like to be included on the data base for future mailings, please contact the Horizons Program Director via and provide a contact name, the name of your school, mailing address, phone, and e-mail address.

NOTE:  For Horizons I, no more than three applications (two from current seventh graders and one from a current eighth grader who has not previously participated in Horizons) are permitted to become candidates from any one school. Eighth grade first time nominees will be selected to fill available slots in Horizons I or II that may result from attrition.  Important:  Additional nominations beyond those permitted may result in all nominations being discredited.

Selection of Horizons II - Second Year/Returning Participants

While the school does not have to nominate the second year applicant, they will have to sign the application form to verify that the student is a member of their school and to assist with providing grade reports.

Priority for inclusion in Horizons II will be given to those candidates who participated in Horizons I the previous year and continue to qualify for the program. Materials will be mailed directly to these participants at their home provided the address from Horizons I remains valid. If the participant moves, she should submit a new address to the program before January of the year following her Horizons I participation.

While the Application form, Recommendation form and Code of Conduct form are the same for both Horizons I and II, the questions for the second year participant are based on her previous year’s participation. It is important that the returning applicant submit the responses to the correct page of questions.

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

  • A completed application packet contains
  • The Nomination/Application form,
  • 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,
  • The Code of Conduct Guidelines form, and
  • A copy of the applicant's year-to-date grade report as well as the grade report from the previous year.
  • All application materials for a nominated student should be returned in one envelope and must be postmarked on or before March 18, 2016 for priority consideration.
  • When scores are the same for one or more applicants, the nod will go to the applicant with the earliest submission.
  • 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 6, 2016 and will receive available unpaid slots. Full tuition is required upon notification of acceptance.

Application Materials
Horizons I & II:


The annual tuition is $625 for both Horizons I and II and includes housing, food, all instructional materials, and costs for any field trips. Travel to and from the program is not included in the tuition.

No funds are required at the application stage, however, upon receipt of the letter of acceptance from Clarkson a $150 non-refundable deposit is immediately due to preserve the applicant's spot until the total tuition is paid. The $475 balance is required to arrive at Clarkson on or before May 27, 2016 to finalize the candidate's admission to the program. Unpaid spots are then given to waitlisted applicants.

EXCEPTION: Schools and agencies who indicate they are covering tuition for an accepted student should fill out the Vendor Payment Form (included in the acceptance packet) to arrange payment. If the school or agency is using a purchase order, they will not be required to meet the pre-program payment deadline and will be invoiced. They will need to submit a copy of the purchase order and the purchase order number with the Vendor Payment Form and by the deadline date of May 27, 2016.

Between June 6 - 20, 2016, full refunds are possible upon discussion and agreement with the Program Director providing an applicant is available from the waitlist pool to fill the spot.  No refunds will be made after June 20, 2016.

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.