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The Summer Science Program (SSP) is a residential enrichment program in which gifted high school students from around the world complete a challenging, hands-on research project in celestial mechanics.
By day, students learn college-level astronomy, physics, calculus, and programming.
By night, working in teams of three, they apply what they have learned to take telescopic observations of a near-earth asteroid, then write software to calculate the asteroid's orbit around the sun.
Stimulating guest speakers and field trips round out the curriculum.
"SSP remains the most academically cohesive and intense educational experience I have ever had. That, I suspect, is true for most who are fortunate enough to attend it. If it weren't for SSP my vision would be narrower, my aspirations less ambitious, and my life less rich. I don't exaggerate."
--Dr. E.C. Krupp SSP '61, Director, Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
"What surprised me was that it wasn't the rigors of learning orbit determination that had the greatest impact in shaping my outlook on life and my future career - but the social experiences.
Academically SSP is both rigorous and unique, but what makes it very special and very dear are the social, 'coming-of-age' experiences that I am absolutely certain cannot be had anywhere else. The bonding, the late night discussions, and the whole experience, are unparalleled even years later."
--Ryan Kabir SSP '00 read more quotes from alumni, young and old
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.
Families of enrolling students may pay the program fee using a credit or debit card.
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Feb. 6, 2013
Application deadline for international applicants
Application deadline for US applicants. Applicants should log in to verify their application is complete.
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Results are in for Challenge 12 for the classes of 2001-12. A total of 95 young alumni donated $4,063, leading to $5,808 in matching funds from the President's Council!
Congratulations to the Class of 2012 for highest participation with 26.
SSP is operated by Summer Science Program, Inc., an independent non-profit 501(c)3 corporation,
in cooperation with New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Westmont College, California
Institute of Technology, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sponsors include Lockheed Martin / Sandia National Lab.