The ASEP Curriculum
ASEP participants attend regular planning meetings with faculty advisers, and in the spring complete a seminar that will allow them to start their externships with the technical skills and knowledge base they need to hit the ground running. The centerpiece of program, the ASEP externship allows students to take a deep dive on interests in engineering, astronomy, computer science and biology in academic and commercial laboratories. In summer 2022, ASEP students learned about the interactions between antibiotic-resistant bacteria and host cells, studied the cardiovascular effects of a common diabetes drug on the cells of diabetic mice, built and prototyped a lower-extremity exoskeletons for children who use wheelchairs, examined the impact of social media on financial trends and e-commerce — and much more.
The program consists of four parts:
Fall/Winter Preparatory Seminar (Fifth Form)
Spring Term Applied Science and Engineering Seminar (Fifth Form)
Summer Externship. Program directors visit in person or online with each student during the externship. Students must submit periodic self-reflective journals on their externship. (summer between Fifth and Sixth Form years)
Sixth Form Applied Science & Engineering Capstone. Students design and execute a project related to their externship material. The Capstone course includes weekly lab meetings, a poster session for students to report on their summer research, and a presentation to the School.