SUCCEED 2015 Student Program


About the program


SUCCEED is a 5-day program where CMU Ph.D. students work with underclassman high school students to improve their understanding of energy, the environment, and climate change. By the end of the program you should be able to explain the effect of climate change and its relationship with the energy sector. The program delves into how electricity is generated, demanded, and used throughout the country. Students will learn some of the grand challenges facing energy engineering fields and how new technology can play a role in mitigating climate change. Students will learn that all energy options have tradeoffs and how policy can be used to effect change. The program is designed to open students’ minds to the challenges are this intersection and encourage them to seek careers in climate, energy, or other STEM fields.


Time and location


The 2016 program will be held on Monday, July 18 to Friday 22, 2016, from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. The program takes place on the Carnegie Mellon University campus located in Pittsburgh, PA.




The program will connect high school students to graduate students working on the cutting edge of the energy and climate space. 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.All participants attend the program for free, and free lunches are provided every day.


Applicant selection criteria


SUCCEED is a coed program open to students enrolled in 9th or 10th grade as of April 2015 who are in the process of deciding whether to pursue math or science degrees after high school graduation. The program is limited to 30 participants.


How to apply


In order to apply for SUCCEED, you will need to complete the online application form, available HERE. Paper copies are also available for download HERE. In order to complete the application you will need to upload the following:


• 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 teacherThis 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 why you think this program will help you to advance your career trajectory into a STEM field. Please elaborate on any specific experience or goals that you have. (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!


Application Deadline is June 6, 2016, and participants will be notified no later than June 17, 2016. Please mail any non-online materials to the following address:


129 Baker Hall
c/o Parth Vaishnav
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Please contact the SUCCEED team at or by phone at (412) 268-5929.


The SUCCEED program is supported in part by the Leonard Gefland Center, ProSEED grants, and the Center for Energy and Decision Making.

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.