By day, students learn college-level astronomy, physics, calculus, and programming.
By night, working in teams of three, they take telescopic images of a near-earth asteroid, then write software to calculate its orbital parameters.
Stimulating guest speakers and field trips round out this intense, exhilerating immersion into hands-on science.
... made possible by its own alumni
Because SSP profoundly changed their lives, alumni continue to support it as donors, volunteers, and faculty.
Many alumni have gone on to distinguish themselves at selective universities, and to positions of leadership in their chosen careers.
Established in 1959, since 2000 SSP has been the responsibility of a unique, independent 501(c)3 non-profit,
managed, operated, and largely funded by alumni, former faculty, parents, guest speakers, and others who join us in inspiring the scientists, engineers, and other leaders of tomorrow.
Alumni in their own words
The Summer Science Program values a diverse community in terms of gender, ethnicity, citizenship, socioeconomic status, and national origin. Young women and traditionally underrepresented minority students are especially encouraged to apply.