SUCCEED 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 about some of the grand challenges facing energy engineering fields, how new technology can play a role in mitigating climate change, that all energy options have tradeoffs, and that policy can be used to effect change. The program is designed to open students’ minds to the challenges at this intersection and encourage them to seek careers in climate, energy, or other STEM fields.

Time and location

The 2020 program will be held on Monday, July 6 to Friday, July 10, 2020, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. The program takes place on the Carnegie Mellon University campus located in Pittsburgh, PA. Students can be dropped off starting at 8 am.


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 2020 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

The application for SUCCEED 2020 is now available at the link below. You can complete the application online, or print out the application form and mail it (along with the short essay response and report card) to the address listed on the form.

The online application is available here:

Student Application Link 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The deadline for applications is June 1, 2020. Applicants will be notified regarding their admission no later than June 10.


Please contact the SUCCEED team at or by phone at (412) 256-8162.

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.