COVID-19 Updates

Working Together for a Safe Summer

Summer Discovery and The Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) will continue our commitment to promoting the highest standards of safety and well-being by requiring all participants to be fully vaccinated for programs in 2022 where allowable by US law. Successful implementation of programs such as ours requires a tremendous amount of planning and risk mitigation with campus and community partners. To that end, we review information and recommendations obtained from health care experts and comply with host campus policies in order to make informed decisions that may impact our staff and students. We are honored to align our decision with other academic and travel programs across the country to provide the safest environment for our participants as possible. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 landscape and review our policies with the best available information.

We have developed response protocols based on recommendations from the CDC, the American Camp Association, and our university partner protocols. 

We can all work together this year to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Below are some of the protocols we’re implementing, as well as ways residential program participants can help protect themselves and each other.  

Please note - These policies are subject to change in response to the ever-changing environment. Stay tuned to this page for updates.

Before Arriving to Campus

To ensure the health and safety of everyone on campus, Summer Discovery is requiring vaccinations for all student participants where allowable by U.S. Law. Prior to arriving on campus, all participants must confirm that they have been symptom-free for one week or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before arrival. Additionally, we ask that any individuals who may have come into close contact with somebody who recently tested positive for COVID-19 take the appropriate measures (e.g., quarantining) to protect not just their own health but also decrease the risk of potentially exposing other individuals on campus.

Once on Campus

Once on campus, all program participants will be required to follow all preventative safety measures prescribed either by the host campus or SIG including, but not limited to, the recommended practice for proper facial masking, maintaining personal hygiene such as handwashing, and social distancing, plus any required testing by the host campus or SIG. These will be the terms for attending and/or working at any SIG program location.

For International Students

At this time, students participating in an in-person program in 2022 will be required to be fully vaccinated, where allowable by U.S. law.  While some of our university partners are finalizing a policy around which vaccines will be required, the U.S. is following the World Health Organization’s approved vaccines which include Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Astra Zenica, and Sinovac.  We expect that our university partners will follow similar guidelines.  If an international (non-U.S.) student is not able to be vaccinated in their country of residence prior to arriving on campus, or if an international (non-U.S.) student is not able to receive an approved vaccine, they must cancel by June 1, 2022, and will be eligible to (1) transfer to an online program (2) roll-over their enrollment to Summer 2023 or (3) receive a full refund less the application fee and optional travel/tuition insurance.

Note that exceptions apply at Wharton, Penn, Johns Hopkins, and UCSB RMP and SRA.  Please visit their websites respectively for details about their cancellation and refund policies.


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