BWSI Program Application Process

IMPORTANT: Our application deadline is past.  We cannot answer all emails due to the volume and limited staffing- please remember to check our FAQ for program-related questions or post course-specific questions on the appropriate Piazza


  • The process to apply to attend BWSI is multi-step - students must register for online courses first - if not registered for online courses students will not be able to apply to summer portion of the program.

    • The nomination form provides a way for teachers, parents, guardians and mentors to nominate a deserving student who would not have registered on their own.
    • The registration form provides any interested student a chance to join,  investigate and learn via the online courses and see if this program is interesting to them.
    • All students have to register for the online program- having a nomination in addition to your registration does not increase your chances of acceptance into the summer program.
    • Registered students will be sent the Summer Application before the March 31 deadline.
  • All correspondence is done through email, so it’s important to use a non-school email to avoid having our emails blocked by your school's email server.

  • Decisions will be made and sent out by end of the day (end of day means until Midnight) May 2, 2023

  • Students and parents- all our information are on these webpages for the BWSI program, check the BWSI links above and our FAQ before you email us.


Teachers, Parents, Guardians, and Mentors:

Complete Nomination form for up to 5 students at a time with this LINK
BWSI staff will then email info packet and registration link directly to nominated students

Students: (Note- You do not need a Nomination form if you plan to self-register)

May now self-register. Once completed and approved (approvals do not happen until late January)
student will receive email from BWSI with information on how to access the courses.



who are registered for online prerequisite course will be sent the enrollment application.



who complete the online course & application will be considered for the summer program.

We encourge students to self-register- nominations are not required.


If you are a Teacher, Parent, Guardian or Mentor, you can nominate student(s) with step below (students self registering see below): Nomination form for BWSI

Step 1 for TPGM - Nominate the student(s) for access to the online course ( using our online form.

This is for 2023 program, the courses will open on 1 Feb 2023

  • Courses do not open until 1 February - students will not have access until then but register students early so they can be ready to go.

  • Nominations for registration is continuous  to 31 March, after March 31, students can still be nominated but will only be able to take the online courses

  • For Teachers/Parents/Guardians/Mentors:  our 2021 pamphlet is here, and click on the form to the right ->

  • Teachers, prior BWSI students, and teaching assistants (TAs) can also apply for online course access by using the same link that the students use to apply to the online program


Next - Student Registration: After nomination, the student will be invited to register for access to the free online course OR students can register themselves for the pre-requisite online course ( using this form.

  • They will receive their unique ID number after they complete and submit their registration for the online course.

  • We encourage students to let their teachers and counselors know about their participation in our program.

  • The online course will open for study on 1 February 2023, students will also need to self-register on Piazza to be able to participate in the course Q&A forums.

  • All online courses will remain open for independent learners, even if they are not accepted into the July program

Enrollment application for Summer Program: Students who have registered themselves for the online course will be emailed the summer enrollment application link and password for the summer program. This will need to be completed and returned by 31 March 2023. [For students who register after this date: the online programs will be available until Nov 30, 2023 for independent study]

  • Demonstrated technical ability (determined through recommendation by school official and other supporting information, such as test scores, completed coursework, and grades collected in the application).
  • Demonstrated commitment to extracurricular learning via participation and completion of the online course (participation/progress are tracked by the instructors).
  • Application has three short essays (500 words or less for each essay).
  • Teacher recommendation or Mentor (over 18) due by April 1st (link for teachers is in the application).
  • Application will require parent(s) information and electronic signature.
  • Application asks for honors/awards (limited to maximum of 200 characters, be specific)
  • We cannot accept students outside of the US due to logistical challenges, all students must be living in the US for the July program.

All students applying will be notified on 30 April of enrollment decisions for this summer's BWSI program, we will be running a virtual program in 2023.

Tentative 2023 Schedule

BWSI Application Timeline


The Beaver Works Summer Institute is committed to providing the depth and experience of these project-based courses.  We will announce courses and programs as we create them, but plan on the following:

Thank you   BWSI Staff