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A life-changing experience ...
The Summer Science Program experience has been inspiring promising young scientists for over 50 years, accelerating their intellectual and social development, and propelling them into challenging and rewarding life trajectories.

The Program takes place on two campuses: New Mexico Institute of Technology in Socorro, and Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. At each campus, 36 rising high school seniors complete a challenging research project in celestial mechanics.

... made possible by its own alumni
Because SSP profoundly changed their lives, alumni continue to support it 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, former faculty, parents, guest speakers, and others who join us in inspiring the scientists, engineers, and other leaders of tomorrow.

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Nov. 8
Alumni, parents, faculty, family, and friends are invited to the annual Alumni Dinner at Fiske Planetarium, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder.
Dec. 15
Applications open for 2015. Complete this form to be reminded later.
The winners of the SSP New Curriculum Prizes are: Dr. Tracy Furutani '79 and Dr. Elana Fertig '98 for their Marine Metagenomics proposal, and Dr. Mark Hall for his biochemistry based Anti-fungal Drug Discovery proposal. Press release.
Several SSP alumni (Roohi Dalal '12, Bryan Brzycki '12, Luke Finnerty '14, and Claire Burch '14) have organized a USA team for the International Olympiad for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA), an annual high school science competition in which over forty countries participate.
SSP has received a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to fund a three-year expansion planning process. Development and testing of two possible new curricula is now underway. If all goes well, a third campus will open in 2017.
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