Application Directions

To apply, click the green “apply” button on the Accelerated STEM Academy home page starting on December 3, 2019. You will be prompted to create an online account and to fill out a multi-page questionnaire. You can start applying, save your work, log out, log in again, and continue working before submitting the application. You will be prompted to pay your application fee by credit card online. Once you have submitted your application you will not be able to access it to make changes or upload supplementary documents. Email any changes or documents to  If you are a member of a group, we request that you use the paper form.

Selecting Your STEM Session

On your application, you will have the option to select which of the three sessions you would like to apply for.  You will also have the opportunity to select any of the secondary sessions for which you would like to be considered.  If you are unavailable for any of the other sessions, you can simply leave this section blank.  In the event that your first option is full or cancelled, we will make every effort we can to place you into one of your secondary choices.  If you are placed into one of your secondary choices, we will contact you to verify that you are still available for that session. 

Required Supplementary Documents

In addition to your application form, you will need to submit the following items in order for your application to be complete. The documents should be submitted in .doc/.docx or .pdf format. We will only review your application when we have received all of the required documents listed below.

  • An essay stating why you are uniquely qualified for and interested in this program
  • A résumé highlighting your academic and non-academic experiences
  • High school transcript (an unofficial transcript is acceptable)
  • Teacher Recommendation Form – Letters of recommendation must be accompanied by the teacher recommendation form. Teachers may email the teacher recommendation form directly to Duke Summer Session at

Submitting Your Application Materials

You will have the opportunity to submit your supplementary materials directly into your online application. Alternatively, you may choose to submit your application and pay your application fee prior to turning in your supplementary materials. If you choose this option (turning in your supplementary materials after you submit your application form), you will need to email your application materials to us directly at or mail them to us at the mailing address below. Once you have paid for and submitted your application online you will not able to login to make adjustments. 

Duke University Accelerated STEM Academy
8 East Campus Union Drive, Box 90700
Durham, NC 27708-0700