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Expansion to a New Curriculum

The Summer Science Program (SSP) is seeking innovative, college-level curricula to expand its successful residential program for highly motivated and gifted high school students. Authors of two selected curricula will each be awarded the $2,000 SSP Curriculum Prize and additional funding to test and launch their curricula. Funding is provided by a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

This competition is a unique opportunity for an educational innovator to build upon SSP's 55-year-long successful track record. "We are open to ideas from anyone and any field of science," said Dr. Susan Jerian, an SSP alumna and current president. "What matters is that these students get to do college-level, hands-on experimental science themselves. We are looking for projects that are much more challenging and exciting than the typical high school science lab. Our goal is for students to complete the SSP program with a visceral understanding of what being a scientist really feels like."

  • The Open Call for Summer Science Program Curriculum contains details of the proposal requirements, timelines, phases of curriculum development and funding.
  • Download the poster.
  • Read the FAQ.
  • Watch the informational webinar (1 hour)

    Five-page proposal summaries are due by May 31.

    The prestigious Summer Science Program is a 39-day residential program that attracts hundreds of applicants from around the globe. Its mission is to provide highly motivated and academically gifted high school students (rising seniors) with an intensive immersion in interdisciplinary, collaborative research. The program accelerates participants' intellectual and social development and raises their aspirations for college and career. Alumni go on to enroll at top universities with many becoming STEM leaders, teachers and innovators with significant impact on their chosen professions. A testimony to the program's effectiveness is the fact that it is managed and largely funded by its alumni. Few opportunities have been demonstrated to provide such a transformational experience for gifted students.

    We welcome requests for clarification and other questions at newcurriculum@summerscience.org. We anticipate holding informational webinars for potential curriculum authors.

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    [Already registered? Log in to update the information you previously submitted, and read ideas from other authors who have given that permission.]

    This form registers your interest in possibly submitting a curriculum proposal to SSP. Registration will allow you to get preliminary feedback from a New Curriculum Committee member, attend informational webinars, and read other ideas whose authors have agreed to share them. Before registering, be sure to read the Open Call for Summer Science Program Curriculum (PDF format).

    If your proposal will have more than one author, only one should register, but include the names of others in the first (biographical) text block below.

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