SUCCEED 2014 Student Program

DSC_0687What is SUCCEED?
SUCCEED is a 5-day program designed to complement what you have studied in school and provide you with opportunities to expand your understanding of energy, the environment, and how those relate to climate change. At the end of the program, you will be able to answer a variety of question on mitigation, adaptation, and dealing with unexpected impacts, such as: What is climate change? What is the role of engineering to solve the climate change challenge? How does a power plant work? Where & how is your electricity generated? How much do we consume, and how does this relate to electricity? What new building designs can be done? What can and can’t you do to mitigate the impacts of climate change? Why is policy needed? Society has to make a decision, and how do you go about it? What careers could you have in climate, energy, or the environment?

The program includes a variety of experiments, field trips and activities organized by PhD students from Carnegie Mellon University’s department of Engineering & Public Policy.

If you are interested in answering these questions and if you will be entering 10th grade in Fall 2014, then SUCCEED is the program for you! When and where is SUCCEED? How much does it cost?
SUCCEED runs from July 14-July 18, 2014, Monday through Friday, from 9am – 4:30pm. The program takes place on the Carnegie Mellon University campus. Trips to off-campus locations are planned. All participants attend the program for free, and free lunches are provided every day.

Who can apply?
SUCCEED is a coed program open to students enrolled in 9th grade as of April 2014 who are in the process of deciding whether to pursue math or science degrees after high school graduation.

How do I apply?
In order to apply for SUCCEED, you will simply need to provide a few forms, as described below. If you are interested in attending SUCCEED this summer, please send in the following:

• Application Form: with all information completed [Click HERE to download application form]. This form may also be filled out online [Click HERE to fill out online].

• A copy of last report card (this can be mailed to the address provided below, or can be scanned and emailed to

• Teacher Recommendation Form: completed by your math or science teacher. This form may be filled out online. To allow your teacher to fill out the recommendation form online, please email with the name of your teacher, the phone number of your teacher, and the email address of your teacher. They will then be contacted with information regarding the recommendation submission.

• A one page essay: Describe one of your science projects or your favorite science experiments from a class you have taken. What was fascinating about it? What would you change? How could you build off of it? (this can either be filled out on the online form or can be mailed to the address provided below).

Parents, have further questions? Click HERE to download a summary form written just for parents!

Click HERE to view some photos from the 2014 SUCCEED Program!

Click HERE to view a flyer on the SUCCEED 2014 Student program!

Application Deadline is March 21st, 2014, and participants will be notified no later than April 11th, 2014. Please mail any non-online materials to the following address:

129 Baker Hall
c/o Steve Gradeck
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Questions or Concerns?
Please contact Steve Gradeck at or by phone at (412) 268-6657.

This research was made possible through support from the Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making (CEDM). This Center has been created through a cooperative agreement between the National Science Foundation (SES-0949710) and Carnegie Mellon University.