Youth Programs

Summer Ventures

Welcome to UNCW Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics.  Our program highlights the best we have to offer in engaged STEM learning and practice, along with a focus on societal needs and workforce development. You will have the pleasure and privilege of working with some of our most innovative faculty on collaborative research projects that reflect current topics in STEM.  So, take a deep breath and get ready to “dive in” to Summer Ventures by the Sea.

-Ms. Erin Moran, Acting Director for Summer Ventures

-Dr. Sue Kezios, Emeritus Director of Summer Ventures

Important Documents and Information

Summer 2022 is almost here and all 4 weeks of the UNCW Summer Ventures program will take place in person. All programming is subject to changes due to public health guidelines related to COVID-19.

Faculty for Summer 2022 Coming Soon!

Biotechnology with a Focus on Biomedical Research

  • Ying Wang

Mathematics and Machine Learning

  • Cuixian (Tracy) Chen

Mathematical Modeling

  • Wei Feng 

Applied Coastal Science and Engineering

  • Phil Bresnahan 


Math and Machine Learning Online Participants

Drs. Tracy Chen and Yishi Wang led the 2020 Mathematics and Machine Learning course online. As you can see from this photo, students enjoyed their virtual experience. 

Photos taken by Jessica Croson.

Chancellor and students in front of poster

The UNCW Chancellor spoke with SVSM students who presented their projects as part of the NSF-REU and Summer Ventures Research Showcase hosted by the Math Department and SPARC.

Photos taken by Dr. Wei Feng.



Dr. Kara Yopak brought some 3D renderings of shark brains to share with SVSM students during her talk on the evolution of Chondrichthyes.  She also shared the importance of not listening to people who try to dissuade you from pursuing your academic and career dreams.


Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics students pose with Dr. Sara Rivero-Calle after her presentation on SeaHawk CubeSat: the first mini ocean color satellite.  Dr. Rivero-Calle discussed the challenges of miniaturing components for a satellite and shared career opportunities in her field.