“the educational experience of a lifetime” … since 1959

The Summer Science Program offers teens an exhilarating and inspiring immersion into hands-on experimental science. Working in teams of three, 36 participants and 7 faculty form a supportive “living and learning community” over 39 days. Each team completes a real research project, taking and analyzing original data. Afterward, they join a worldwide network of 2,500+ alumni of all ages. In 2023 we operated six programs:

  • three in Astrophysics: research in near-earth asteroid orbit determination at New Mexico State Univ., Univ. of Colorado Boulder, and Univ. of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • two in Biochemistry: research in fungal crop pathogens at Purdue Univ. and Indiana Univ.
  • one in Genomics: research in evolution of antibiotic resistance, at Indiana Univ.

SSP is an independent nonprofit, the only summer program operated, governed, and largely funded by its own alumni and former faculty … eloquent testimony to its impact on young people for more than six decades. Many alumni call it “the educational experience of a lifetime.”

Is SSP For You?

SSP is open to current high school juniors (and a few truly exceptional sophomores) who have completed the pre-requisites by summer, and will be at least 15 years old, but not yet 19, during the program. (Too young? We can remind you later.)

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Learning science was fun and doing science was challenging, but really, I think the essence of SSP has everything to do with collaboration. Being in a room with 35 other highly motivated students inspired me to be an efficient teammate, an optimistic leader, a humble student, and a supportive friend. Working with the smartest people I have ever met, I achieved things I never thought I could do. SSP transformed me from a distant individualist to a passionate collaborator. And by doing so, I think it sent me on a path of success.

Key Dates for 2023 Programs

2024 dates coming soon.

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Applications open.
We can remind you

Friday, February 3 , 2023

Deadline for international applicants – all non-U.S. citizens and U.S. citizens attending school outside the U.S.

Friday, March 3 , 2023

Deadline for U.S. citizens and green card holders attending school in the U.S.

Mid-March, 2023

International admission decisions released

Mid-April, 2023

U.S. admission decisions released

Programs will run mid June – end of July

2023 Programs