Solar Academy

About Solar Academy

Solar Academy Participant

Solar Academy is a week-long in-person day camp for current 10th and 11th grade students enrolled in schools in the Greater Houston area. This program is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and led by Stephen Bradshaw, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Rice University. The program is offered at no cost to participants and will take place at Rice University.

Summer 2022 Solar Academy*

Solar Academy is offered one week, from June 6-June 10, 2022.

Applications are closed

Applications closed on Sunday, May 15, 2022. All forms were due by this date.

Program Dates

June 6–10, 2022
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Rice University


Our goal is to help students explore our understanding of the center of our solar system, the sun, while also learning about collaboration in science and how to use available resources.

Students will have opportunities to network with local area students as well as Rice faculty members.


The activities in Solar Academy are designed for current (2021-2022) 10th and 11th grade students. Due to funding source, students must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident to apply.

Space is very limited, therefore, completing the application process does NOT guarantee placement in the program.

Applicants will be required to submit a:

  • Personal statement about why you are applying to Solar Academy. This statement should be a max of 1 page in length.
  • Copy of your most recent report card or unofficial transcript.
  • Letter of recommendation from a STEM teacher.

If you are unable to upload the document to your application, you can email it

Program Flyer

Below is copy of the Solar Academy flyer. You can access a PDF version for download here.

Solar Academy Flyer

COVID-19 Protocol

Solar Academy will follow Rice guidelines and CDC suggestions for summer programs.

Please click here to view the Rice policy for summer programs.

CDC summer camp suggestions can be found here.

Solar Academy Administration

If you have any questions about Solar Academy, you can contact the program lead.

Matthew Cushing
R-STEM Executive Director
713-348-8210 |

*Program times, dates, locations, and compensation subject to change before the first day of the program.

Contact Information

Telephone: (713) 348-8211
Fax: (713) 348-3825

Mailing Address

Office of STEM Engagement
Rice University
P.O. Box 1892, MS-7836
Houston, TX 77251-1892

Street Address

IBC Plaza Houston
5615 Kirby Dr.
Suite 730
Houston, TX 77005-2445