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Summer Science Program

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an IBP member program

Academic Level:
High School Students

Generous no cost participation in the Summer Science Program located at five campuses, including Univ. of Colorado Boulder, Univ. of North Carolina Chapel Hill, New Mexico Tech, Purdue Univ., and Indiana Univ. SSP is a residential immersion into experimental science, designed to challenge and inspire talented rising seniors from around the world. Working in teams of three, participants complete a research project from beginning to end: either in Astrophysics - near-earth asteroid imaging and orbit determination; Biochemistry - fungal enzyme inhibition and drug discovery; or Genomics - antibiotic resistance and directed evolution. Each team acquires its own original data and performs its own analysis. Field trips and guest speakers round out an intense 39-day schedule.

The Summer Science Program is an independent nonprofit, uniquely governed by its own alumni, faculty, and friends. Hundreds of them donate to SSP each year because they are committed to keeping this life-changing experience financially accessible for every participant. Thanks to our donors, we can subsidize every participant to greater/lesser degree, and by awarding generous need-based financial aid grants up to the full program fee, plus up to $500 for airfare.

More informatiom available on our website!
accepts non-us citizens

Participating Institution(s):
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Summer Science Program  (Lead)
California Institute of Technology
Harvey Mudd College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Purdue University
University of Colorado, Boulder

Program Materials:
 • Program Website 

This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Astronomy & Astrophysics
Genetics & Genomics
STEM Fields

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Page last updated 2/20/2024
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