How to Apply

Apply Online- GEMS is canceled for summer 2021.

Supporting materials should be sent in as soon as possible. Completed applications will be reviewed first after the deadline. Contact Michaile Rainey at or 215-573-6487 with questions or concerns.

To Complete Your Application Please Enclose the Following:

  • Permission Form signed by both student and parent.
    • Upload this form with online application.
  • Most recent report card.
    • Upload this as a PDF file with online application.
  • One Sealed Envelope with GEMS Summer Camp Teacher Recommendation Form from Current Math or Science Teacher. After the teacher has completed the recommendation form, the teacher should place it in an envelope, sign the seal of the envelope, and return the sealed envelope to the student for submission with application fee.
    • You may also e-mail this form directly to                If e-mailed, they must come directly from the teacher and not from the student or parent.
  • Application Fee:  Non-refundable $25
    • Only U.S. bank checks or money orders will be accepted. Do not send cash.   Make checks payable to “Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania” and Memo: GEMS App Fee for <student name>.
  • Financial Aid Form : A limited amount of need-based financial assistance is available.
    • Upload this form with online application.

Send Materials in One Envelope to: Michaile Rainey, University of Pennsylvania, 109 Towne, 220 S. 33rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

PLEASE NOTE: Participants from previous GEMS camps are NOT eligible to return to the program.