The “SSP experience” accelerates your academic and personal development as you approach important life decisions. Afterwards you will really know whether a STEM major and career is your best path – or not. And you will gain practical skills, such as time management, that will help you succeed in college and beyond.
It is free to apply. There is a program fee, but generous need-based financial aid funded by our generous donors allows students from lower-income families to attend at a fee they can afford. In 2022, 32 attended absolutely free, and 35 more at a discounted fee.
SSP is intense and challenging – material is presented at a pace faster than college courses, and the schedule is jam-packed – but every participant receives a high level of personal attention from the seven faculty, so no one is left behind. The spirit of cooperation is reinforced by the absence of grades or tests.
Well, if the idea of spending most of your summer doing science excites you, and you meet the prerequisites, then why not? We will carefully evaluate your application holistically and in context, taking in account your motivation, resources, and obstacles overcome. Every year, some people are surprised to be admitted – maybe that will be you! But since we have many more applicants than spots, you should have a backup summer plan too. Whether you are admitted or not, applying to SSP gives you good practice and a head start on applying for college.
Each application is reviewed holistically. Admitted applicants are earning top grades in the most advanced math & science courses available to them. We look for evidence of good character and motivation, and take into account any obstacles you may face, for example limited resources in your family or your school. The application provides ample opportunities to explain your unique circumstances. Besides the typical criteria of preparation and motivation, we consider how much the experience would benefit you, which is a subjective judgment on our part.
Each program of 36 participants and 7 faculty is a diverse community of scholars. Those from racial and ethnic backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in STEM are especially encouraged to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or application for financial aid.