SMASH offers proof that with access to high-quality educational opportunities, students of color excel in STEM fields. Without access to critical resources, students are denied the opportunity to develop the skills that grant them access to the highest paying jobs.
In its first phase of development, Level Playing Field Institute refined the SMASH model at SMASH: UC Berkeley, working to ensure that SMASH scholars enter college prepared to succeed and graduate with a degree in STEM fields.
Having codified our operations and demonstrated consistently strong, positive results, we are now expanding our reach and bringing SMASH nationwide. SMASH Academies were held on the UC Berkeley and Stanford campuses in Summer 2011 and will also be held on the campuses of UCLA and USC in summer 2012. We anticipate an additional two to four SMASH sites in summer 2013.