Scripps College Academy

Math and Science Scholars


The Math and Science Scholars program is one example of the academic enrichment opportunities provided to SCA Scholars in the year-round programming.

Each fall, SCA Scholars are invited to work in small groups in a laboratory setting with W.M. Keck Science Department faculty members to conduct and present research. Projects are diverse, allowing students to explore chemistry, biology, physics, computer science, mathematics, and/or psychology. Additionally, the student to faculty ratio of 6:1 provides a hands-on academic experience.

The program consists of four meetings between students and faculty, where experiments are conducted in the labs, and data is collected and analyzed. Students gain skills in designing an experiment by forming a hypothesis, observing and measuring the experiment in progress, writing results, and reporting on, evaluating, and supporting their findings. At the conclusion of the research sessions, students present their findings to their family, friends, and the Scripps College community in a symposium.

Examples of Past Projects

  • Computer Modeling of a High School Student Population
  • The Effect of Caudal Photo Receptors on Crayfish Locomotion
  • To Infinity and Beyond: Some Infinities are More Equal Than Others
  • Are Teenagers Really More Risk-seeking Than Adults? An Analysis of Risk-taking Under Two Conditions in High School Versus College Students
  • Small Things, Big Difference: Synthesis of Nano-sized Manganese Oxides for Decomposition of Pollutants