Camps for K-12 Students

Chem-E Camp

female chemistry students in a class.

A week-long camp for high-school juniors and seniors with an interest and aptitude for chemistry, physics, and/or mathematics.

Unfortunately we will not be holding the Chem-E Camp in Summer 2021, but we hope to see you again in 2022! Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive updates.

About the Camp

This camp is designed to provide a memorable and exciting experience through hands-on and digitally simulated activities. It provides a great opportunity to discover a passion for chemical engineering while considering college majors.

Who Can Attend

Students entering 11th and 12th grade in fall of the current year. Students should have already completed regents chemistry (juniors are expected to be enrolled in regents chemistry in the fall).

Camp Features

  • Learn and interact with university faculty, students, and industry professionals
  • Fun, hands-on activities demonstrating the impact of the chemical engineering profession
  • Lunch with UB experts and practicing professionals

As one of our generous community partners, Linde (formerly Praxair) will be providing an entire day of tours and activities at their facility. Additional off-site visits include a trip to Dupont Corian® and Rich Products. Campers will also have the opportunity to tour and work in laboratories throughout the chemical and biological engineering department on UB’s Amherst campus. At the end of the week, campers will go home with:

  • Camp Swag: T-Shirt, drawstring bag, water bottle, safety glasses, and more
  • Certificate of completion
  • An appreciation for the role of chemical engineering in society
  • Improved perspective for making college and career choices


Camp tuition is $400 for the week and covers all camp materials, food and transportation. Need-based scholarships will be available to cover the full cost of the program. Regardless of income, we believe everyone should have the opportunity to participate. We ask that scholarship applicants be from families with a household income less than $60K/year.

Scholarship consideration is included with your application.

Event Details

Camp Coordinators:

Mark Swihart
Chemical and Biological Engineering

David Kofke
Chemical and Biological Engineering

Steven Pilat
SEAS Outreach Coordinator

2019 Sponsors