By day, students learn college-level astronomy, physics, calculus, and programming.
By night, working in teams of three, they take telescopic images of a near-earth asteroid, then write software to calculate that asteroid's orbit around the sun.
Stimulating guest speakers and field trips round out this intense, exhilerating immersion into hands-on science.
... made possible by its own alumni
Because SSP profoundly changed their lives, alumni continue to support it each year, as donors, volunteers, and faculty.
Many alumni have gone on to distinguish themselves at selective universities, and to positions of leadership in their chosen careers.
Established in 1959, since 2000 SSP has been the responsibility of a unique, independent 501(c)3 non-profit,
managed, operated, and largely funded by alumni and former faculty.
We also receive and welcome support from our "extended family" of parents, guest speakers, and anyone who wants to join us in inspiring the scientists, engineers, and other leaders of tomorrow.
Alumni in their own words
"I can't imagine my life without this amazing summer. SSP undoubtedly changed who I am for the better, and showed me a world of opportunity outside of the small town where I live." -Austin Richardson SSP '13
"What surprised me was that the rigors of learning orbit determination did not have the greatest impact in shaping my outlook on life and my future career - the social experiences did.
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
"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
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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.