Student Guide

Applications are closed for 2021. Please check back in early 2022 for SAGE Camp 2022 information.

We are glad you are interested in attending SAGE camp.  Check out this video to learn more about SAGE.



Have you ever wondered how you can make a difference in your community?

Are you curious about Science and Technology, but are not sure where to start to learn more? Do you want to be a part of a bold and supportive group whose goal is to encourage young women to explore and learn more about the world?

Then SAGE is for you.

The world needs innovative solutions that benefit our society and sustain our planet. The technologies and scientific discoveries that we make change the lives of people we care for.

You can be a part of the growing SAGE community, where young women as well as STEM professionals are advancing the groundbreaking work done by women who used to be girls just like you.

Career Talk by SLAC Division Manager, Lydia Young.

Students creating their own personal flashlight!

Who Should Apply

Students with diverse interests and abilities outside of STEM are specifically invited to apply. We value a wide variety of perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences that enrich interdisciplinary exploration. At SAGE, you will connect with STEM professionals who are passionate about all areas of life, you’ll meet athletes, artists, writers, cooks, musicians, rock-climbers, scuba-divers, surfers, and more.

  • *Eligibility Criteria: Age – must be under 18 years of age as of August 6, 2021
  • Grade – must be a current 9th, 10th, or 11th grader in a Northern California public high school (including those located in Monterey, Kings, Tulare, and Inyo Counties)
  • GPA of 3.5 and above is preferred

How to Apply?

  1. You will need a nomination in order to be considered for SAGE Summer Camp. A nomination can come from an educator, coach, counselor, or someone you have worked for. Nominations from a friend or relative will not be considered. Please reach out to us if you have questions about who can nominate you.
  2. Complete the SAGE 2021 Application Form. In the application, we also ask you to “Tell Us More About Yourself”. You should prepare your response before starting to fill out the application form.

Application Form

Student FAQs

What are important dates to keep in mind?       

March 15, 2021 -  Application Deadline  *Deadline for Student Applications has been extended to March 31, 2021 11:59pm.
                        Reminder:  All applicants need a
April 2021 – Notifications regarding status of student applications
May 2021 – Selected applicants must accept (or decline) the invitation to SAGE-Camp; 
                       Students who plan to attend must submit required documents.
Aug 1-7, 2021 – SAGE Summer Camp!

What type of activities will students do at camp?  

At SAGE Camp, there will be a variety of activities.  Check out this
page to get an idea of how the week will go!

What should students plan to bring to camp?

A packing list is included in your pre-camp welcome packet, which will be emailed to you in early July.  A few things to note: Must wear comfortable closed-toe shoes to access some of the buildings during the tours. Bring a sweater or jacket as it cools down in the evenings. It’s best to wear layers to adapt to a wide range of temperatures indoors and out.

No need to bring beddings, but bring your own toiletries and personal grooming items. Use the packing list as a checklist.  Feel free to bring a portable fan if you like to stay cool indoors during the summer.  And an extra towel or pillow if you think you might need it.

Where will students live, and what is the rooming and bathroom situation?

Students will be staying in a typical dormitory room.  There are bathrooms for men, women, as well as individual facilities (showers, sinks, toilets) down the hall from the rooms. Plan to wear comfortable pajamas and slippers that you can wear to the bathroom at night or early morning. Bring a small "shower caddy/basket" to hold all your toiletries for your trip to the bathroom.

Is there a “dress code”?

The dress code is "business casual" all week. This can include jeans, t-shirts, tennis shoes, and other casual business wear. Plan to wear comfortable shoes always.  There is a Gala Dinner at the end of the week. For that event, plan to wear "dressy casual" or "business dressy": This can include nice jeans and dressy top, knee length dress or skirt & dressy top, or dressy pants outfit, and accessories.

What is check-in time and check-out time for SAGE Summer Camp?

Check-in time is from 1 pm to 1:55 pm on Sunday, August 1, 2021.   Check-in location to be specified as we get closer to camp dates.  Camp concludes at 11:45 am on Saturday, August 7.

What parts of the program can parents participate in?

Parents, guardians, educators, and other family members are invited to attend two events on Saturday, August 7:

• SAGE Summer Camp Conversation with Parents (an overview of the week’s activities)
• Student Presentations
Both sessions will be held on Saturday morning, exact time and venue to be announced. 

Can students bring their own snacks and favorite food?

There will be enough snacks for everyone throughout the week, including options for vegetarians. If you have a favorite snack that you’d like to share with everyone, please feel free to bring it.  Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided free during SAGE Summer Camp. 

Can the students use their cell phones while at camp? When is the best time for the parents to contact their children?

We have planned activities that will engage the students and create positive experiences that we hope they will remember for a long time. We encourage students to minimize use of their mobile device while at camp.  It is best to keep expensive gadgets at home. Taking photos is allowed and encouraged. 

We suggest that parents, guardians, and family members contact their students only for emergencies in order to allow the students to truly experience for themselves their short week at SAGE Summer Camp.

How will the SAGE students get around?

Transportation will be arranged by SAGE. Students will stay together as a group during the tours and when traveling between the dorm and the National Lab where most day-time activities will be held.

How will the SAGE students be supervised during the camp?

Safety is highly valued at the National Labs.  All camp participants attend a safety briefing at the start of camp. Adult chaperones have passed background checks and completed safety training requirements.  Most activities will be in large indoor and outdoor spaces, in large groups, with some  smaller group projects. At all times, we will have a minimum ratio of 1 adult per 10 students.

Who are the people that run the camp?

SAGE Camp is run by scientists, engineers, and staff from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory  and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory . They support the SAGE mission of encouraging more women to join the growing STEM community by volunteering to spend time with the students during the week of camp. We all look forward to meeting you in August!