Construction Management Summer Academy for Young Women – June 5-9, 2023
Rising 11th – 12th Grade

The Construction Management Summer Academy for Young Women hosted by the Auburn University McWhorter School of Building Science is a program geared toward rising 11th - 12th grade female students interested in learning about the exciting and diverse career opportunities available in construction management.

As this is a scholarship camp, students selected for the program will have the $800 camp fee waived.

This 5 day/4 night camp is designed to:

  • Provide hands-on and experiential learning activities incorporating construction drawings, materials/methods, and technologies
  • Educate the participants on safety management principles, field operations, project management, preconstruction services and other key topics in the industry
  • Encourage and educate the participants on professional career options available in construction
  • Offer the participants opportunity to interact with McWhorter School of Building Science faculty, industry professionals and current students
  • Provide positive experiences on a university campus

There will be opportunities for hands-on construction experiences, visiting an active construction site field trip, working in collaborative team exercises specific to the construction industry to evoke critical thinking and develop deeper problem solving skills, and more!

Camp participants will experience campus-life while residing in Auburn's resident dormitories, eating at campus dining facilities, and enjoying evening social and recreational activities. Campers will have 24/7 counselor supervision.


Campers will reside in the Hill Dormitories. They are designed in suites consisting of two double-occupancy rooms connected by a bathroom.


Breakfast and lunch will be catered by industry professionals. Dinner will be provided in one of the newly-renovated campus dining locations. All dietary restrictions and allergies are taken into consideration for each meal.


The McWhorter School of Building Science is located in the M. Miller Gorrie Center, which opened in 2006. Gorrie Center earned the State of Alabama’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold certification. This state-of-the art “green” building is equipped with unmatched information technology. Students will also complete hands-on lab activities at the Building Science Field Lab.

Lauren Redden
Lauren Redden
Assistant Professor

Lauren Redden received her Bachelor of Science in Building Construction from Auburn University in 2008 and her Master of Building Construction from Auburn University in 2009.

Lauren spent 6 years in industry working in both commercial and multi-family residential markets before returning to Auburn University in 2015 as a tenure-track faculty member. She most recently has taught estimating, project management, disaster recovery, and construction documents courses.

With her experience in the construction industry, as well as the partnerships she has formed with industry experts, Lauren is excited to explore with students how construction managers contribute to the complex process of building and shaping the built environment.

How and when do I apply to the Construction Management Summer Academy for Young Women?

  • Applications open on December 1st and close on March 31st at 11:59 PM CST. To apply, you must fill out the application, upload a transcript (or most recent report card,) upload letter of recommendation, and write a 200-500 word essay answering the question, “Why are you interested in attending the Construction Management Summer Academy for Young Women? How will attending this program help you achieve your future academic goals?”

    There is a $25 non-refundable application fee to be paid online at the point of application submission.

How many students are accepted?

  • No more than 20 applicants will be accepted for Summer 2023 Construction Management Summer Academy for Young Women.

What does the selection committee look for in a Construction Management Summer Academy for Young Women applicant?

  • The selection committee is looking for applicants who show evidence of accomplishment in math and science, clearly communicate their interest in learning about construction management, and have a strong letter of recommendation.

Who should I pick for my letter of recommendation?

  • We recommend that your letter is written by someone (other than a family member) who understands your career goals. This person could be a teacher, mentor, coach, volunteer coordinator/supervisor, scout leader, etc.

My recommender wants to send my letter directly to AYP. What should they do?

  • Please have them send your letter of recommendation to one of these addresses:
    • Email:
    • Mail: Auburn Youth Programs
      301 OD Smith Hall
      135 S College St.
      Auburn, AL 36849

Where can my school send a transcript?

  • We do not require an official transcript! A copy of your most recent report card(s) is sufficient. Please obtain a copy from your school and upload it with your online application.

I am homeschooled. What should I submit for a transcript?

  • Please submit a document that includes “homeschool” or your homeschool co-op’s name (if applicable) at the top of the document. List coursework/course subjects that you have completed and letter grades or levels of mastery if possible.

Can I submit test scores with my application?

  • The selection committee does not review standardized state test scores or SAT/ACT scores. Please do not submit these scores with your application.

When and how will I find out if I am accepted?

  • We will notify selected students in mid-April and selected students will have until May 1st to accept their spot in the camp. You will receive an email from

Is there a waitlist for applicants who are not accepted?

  • Applicants who are not accepted are placed on a ranked waitlist. We do not release rankings. When an accepted camper drops their spot or does not respond to accepting their spot by May 1st, we will contact the next person on the waitlist as soon as possible.

If I am accepted, how long do I have to accept my spot in the camp?

  • Students who are accepted must claim their spot in camp by May 1st or they will forfeit their spot in camp.

Applications will open on December 1, 2022 at 9AM and close on March 31, 2023.

To apply, you must:

  • Fill out the application
  • Upload a transcript (or most recent report card)
  • Upload a letter of recommendation
  • Write a 200 – 500 word essay answering the questions:
    • Why you are interested in attending the Construction Management Summer Academy for Young Women?
    • How will attending this program help you achieve your future academic goals?

There is a $25 non-refundable application fee. Please pay online immediately after submitting your application.

We will notify selected students on April 15th and selected students will have until May 1st to accept their spot in the camp. All notifications will come via email from

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Camp includes the following items:
  • On campus housing
  • All meals, snacks and drinks while at camp
  • Program instruction, materials and equipment
  • Transportation to and from off-campus field-trip sites
  • Recreational activities

Cancellation Procedure:

All cancellation requests must be submitted via email. Please send your request to

Cancellation Procedure:

  1. Cancellation request received at least 4 week prior to the start date of the program: Full refund, less $50.
  2. Cancellation request received less than 4 weeks prior but at least 2 weeks prior to the program start date: Refund of 50%
  3. Cancellation request received less than 2 weeks prior to the program start date or “no show”: No refund.

Note: Refunds will be issued to the individual/organization who made the original payment.

What to Bring to Camp:

Please pack lightly – but do not forget to bring bedding, a towel, and toiletries.

Campers should refrain from bringing no more than one (1) suitcase and one (1) personal sized bag to camp.

Dorm Room:
  • XL twin sheets/thick blanket or sleeping bag and pillow
  • Alarm Clock
  • Phone Charger
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Body Wash
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Bath Towel
  • Hairbrush
Clothing & Shoes:
  • T-shirts: Loose fitting, tank tops must have straps three fingers wide and cover all undergarments
  • Shorts: At least 3.5” inseam
  • Two (2) pairs of jeans/long pants (no leggings) for field trips
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Pajamas
  • Tennis Shoes: We walk up to 6 miles daily!
  • Closed toed shoes (willing to get dirty) for field trips
  • Swimsuit: For girls, a modest one piece swimsuit. For boys, no speedos or jammers.
  • Flip-flops or Water Shoes: For the pool
  • Sweatshirt or Jacket
  • Dress up Outfit: Dressy casual (modest) outfit (e.g.: modest sundress, polo & khakis, pants & blouse)
  • Rain Jacket or Poncho
  • Laundry Bag
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach Towel: For the pool
  • Bug spray/Sunscreen
  • $50 key/meal card deposit: Make check payable to Auburn University
  • Spending Money

Last Updated: March 29, 2023