Summer Engineering Experience for Girls (SEE)

Is SEE for me?

Do you enjoy:

  • Math and science?
  • Learning about engineering?
  • Hands-on activities, and designing and building things?
  • Problem solving and working in teams?
  • Developing your thinking skills to solve real-world problems?
  • Making the world a better place?

If you answered yes to these questions, if you are a girl, and if you will be entering 8th or 9th grade in the fall, then the Summer Engineering Experience for Girls (SEE) is the program for you!

(The permanent residence of applicants must be within daily commuting distance of CMU’s campus, and all applicants must be able to commit to attending every day of the program.)

Girls gathered around professor outside

Source: Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering

Middle school girls in the Summer Engineering Experience for Girls learn about energy and engineering with Deanna Matthews.

How will I learn to make the world a better place?

Solar power, fuels cells, climate change, hybrid cars…

In SEE, you will learn how you can make a difference as a future engineer. You will learn about different forms of energy and how you can create alternative and environmentally-friendly sources of energy that protect the environment. You will learn about heating a house, fueling a car, and creating efficient sources of electricity. You will also have the opportunity to explore how you personally would like to make a difference working with energy!

Students cutting silver reflective material

Source: College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Participants in the Summer Engineering Experience for Girls build an LED infinity mirror with Alan McGaughey.

You will have the chance to work with engineers from all different areas in engineering, including chemical, civil and environmental, mechanical, and electrical and computer engineering.

When and where is SEE? How much does it cost?

The Summer Engineering Experience for Girls (SEE) runs for two weeks in July from Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The program is held every day at Carnegie Mellon University. All girls who are accepted into SEE attend the program for free, and free lunches are provided every day.

How do I sign up for SEE?

If you are interested in attending SEE this summer, please send in the application form, which is downloadable from this web site, along with

Application materials
Application information coming in early 2019.
  • A copy of last report card
  • Teacher Recommendation Form: completed and signed by your math or science teacher
  • A one page essay:
    • Why are you interested in SEE?
    • What do you hope to learn in this program? (please give specific examples from your experience so the reader will gain a unique picture of who you are; can write on back of application or on separate sheet of paper)


Please send all application materials by the deadline (typically early May), to:
Kelly McQuoid
Dean's Office, College of Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213