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October 17, 2012

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October 17, 2012

This was no doubt the best 6 weeks of my life. An intellectually stimulating, challenging, and fun learning experience was just half of the whole; the people you meet there are fantastic as well. There is no doubt in my mind that your summer can't possibly be spent doing something better.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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October 17, 2012

I attended SSP in 1978, and it changed my life. I came from a small town / small public high school, but my experience att SSP gave me the confidence to attend a top university and pursue a challenging career. I am proud to have the opportunity to give back to this outstanding organization through service on its Board of Trustees.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 17, 2012
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October 17, 2012
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In 2012, I participated as a student in SSP's summer program (New Mexico Tech). The entire experience blew me away. As students, we attended lectures on physics, calculus, astronomy, and programming; completed extremely challenging homework sets; and observed and calculated the orbit of a near-Earth asteroid. SSP changed my life. I left with new lifelong friends and a newfound confidence in my abilities. The program pushed me past anything I thought I could do, and it gave us students the perfect balance of instruction, work, and freedom. I learned how to handle little to no sleep, what to do when faced with an entirely new topic (spherical trigonometry? What is that?), how to work with others, how to approach a problem numerous ways, and so much more. The professors, TAs, dorms, food, field trips, and guest speakers were amazing, and now I have access to an entire network of SSP alumni across the globe. I recommend this program 100%!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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October 17, 2012

The Summer Science Program has provided one of the greatest experiences of my life. I loved every minute of it, from the varied lectures on topics covering maths and physics to the conducting of research using telescopes. I learnt a phenomenal amount about astronomy and astrophysics, and also made great friends with different people. It is truly unparalleled, and I cannot commend it highly enough. I am deeply grateful to the programme, especially as they provided financial aid to help me, without which I could have never afforded to attend. It is an incredible programme, one which I am deeply indebted to for so many reasons.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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October 17, 2012

The Summer Science Program was a great experience. The staff was amaznig and very helpful and the other memebers of the porgram were incredible as well.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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September 19, 2011

The Summer Science Program is a fantastic nonprofit organization for advanced high school students in math and science. Both the academic and social aspects are phenomenal; students receive the opport... more

October 17, 2012

SSP is a fantastic summer opportunity for high school students to get some experience in being part of a real scientific project from start to finish. Students acquire a full package of skills and learn to discover how to use them alongside peers, with only limited guidance from an instructor - and at the same time, get to make friends that will last them many years into the future!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 19, 2011

The Summer Science Program is a fantastic nonprofit organization for advanced high school students in math and science. Both the academic and social aspects are phenomenal; students receive the opportunity to work together with other outstanding young scientists from around the world to harness and master complex topics in mathematics, physics, programming and astrophysics. Additionally, these students are granted the extraordinary opportunity to utilize the facilities of the Etscorn Observatory to track and later calculate the orbit of an asteroid as it travels around the sun.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in the remainder of my academics: it has improved my reasoning and logical abilities, and has exposed me to realms and branches of science that I would otherwise have remained ignorant of for many years.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would... change nothing - it's a fantastic program.

October 17, 2012

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August 4, 2010

How do we raise the next generation of leaders in science and technology? It is important to have the general population informed about issues related to science, but we also need top people to form ... more

October 17, 2012

SSP continues to provide an unequaled program for exceptional science students. For 54 straight years, students have gotten a taste of doing real science, working in collaborative teams guided by scientists, forming life-long relationships. I was a student 35 years ago, and I still feel the effects that this program has had on my life. I volunteer on the Board and on committees because I want to give back to the program some of what it gave to me. I am rewarded by seeing 72 students thrilled each year by this amazing experience and by seeing all of the alumni rallying around this program to keep it going. The program is entirely run by the past students and faculty, who become members of the organization upon completion of the program. The alumni also provide the bulk of the funding, which really speaks to the success SSP has in changing lives.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping me get into the best college (Caltech), which helped me get into a great job, which evolved into a great career. Throughout my life, the relationships formed and life skills learned have helped me along my way.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make the program available to even more students of the same exceptional calibre.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

August 4, 2010

How do we raise the next generation of leaders in science and technology? It is important to have the general population informed about issues related to science, but we also need top people to form the foundation of our science program. The latter is the focus of SSP. Why help top students? Doesn't their raw intelligence give them all they need to succeed? SSP was founded in the days of Sputnik. The SSP founders had the wisdom to see that we needed the best technology to succeed in the new world, and that would take top scientists. That is still true today. I remember my first day as a student at SSP. I'd never been away from home. I'd never been challenged by being surrounded by so many extraordinary people. My father had recently been hospitalized, which was an emotional strain on me as well as a financial one on my family. I was terrified. SSP covered my tuition, as it has done with so many others year after year. That was the first of many hurdles SSP helped me get over. SSP made me feel at home. From the legendary Dr. Abell (known among many other things for the Abell catalog of galaxies), to Dr. Pierce (still a dear friend and colleague on the SSP board), to the TAs, to all of the other students. This was an amazing family I joined that day. I remember struggling on a primitive calculator (I had a TI-58, rather advanced for the day) to complete my orbit calculation. One at a time, my teammates and I reached the same conclusion, an inside-out orbit that made no sense. We ended up discovering that one observation was bad. Throwing that out and sharing data with colleagues (another team having similar problems), we eventually got a good orbit and demonstrated the problem with the original measurements. That was a great lesson on the difficulties of real science. I remember Dr. Abell encouraging everyone to play softball. What a pleasure it was to be involved in sports and not feel like the out-of-place geek that nobody wanted on their team. I remember late nights at the telescopes and late nights talking to my fellow students. It was not always easy to tell what was work and what was play. I remember listening to lectures and chatting over dinner with fabulous guest speakers like the Amazing Randi (famous magician and scientific skeptic) and Maarten Schmidt (who figured out the spectra of quasars). Ultimately, I feel certain that SSP helped me get into the best college for me (Caltech). It helped prepare me for what I needed to do to succeed at Caltech. Then being at Caltech helped me get opportunities and succeed throughout my career. It is impossible to know where I'd be without SSP, but I have no doubt that it changed my entire life. This is why we need SSP. We need to identify top students and help get them past the challenges they face, so they can reach their full potential. It costs a lot to run SSP, hiring college professors, TAs, and other staff; providing for room and board for the students and faculty; paying for guest speakers to travel to our sites; and keeping equipment functioning and up-to-date. Tuition is kept quite affordable, and financial aid is generous for those who need it. SSP leverages volunteers who perform a large fraction of the tasks such as the curriculum committee, the admissions committee, and the board; but that still leaves a lot we have to pay for. Please help any way you can.

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I owe so much to this program. I donate and I volunteer, but my debt can never be repaid. SSP helped me prepare for college, for career, for life. I made lifelong friends and learned valuable lessons, academic and social.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Great people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Brilliant. Distinguished. Extraordinary. Kind. Caring. Giving.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Continue and extend generous financial aid to students? Add another astronomy campus? Spin off a program in another science? Buy a campus site? Computers? Telescopes?

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

December 29, 2011

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December 29, 2011

I attended SSP four years ago and have had some phenomenal experiences since - inventing shoes at the Innovation Lab at NIKE, studying product design in Sweden, leading a 30-person research team in India - but the 5 weeks at SSP remain the best of my life. SSP was my first exposure to a truly intellectually-curious community and to the beauty of teamwork. It changed my life and for that I will be forever thankful.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

September 20, 2011
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September 20, 2011
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SSP is an extraordinary summer experience for young and enthusiastic students below 18, to experience the fields of astronomy, advanced mathematics and programming in an intense five week period. From swing dances to enlightening guest lectures about Titan's monsoon rains and effects of atrazine on frogs, SSP has definitely changed my perception of a career in sciences and helped me to decide what to do.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my college admissions and my personal experience of university life

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it longer, maybe seven weeks

September 19, 2011

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September 19, 2011

SSP pushed me to my full potential spiritually, physically, and mentally. Not only were the lectures enlightening and the projects challenging, but the precious camaraderie among the TAs, students, and faculty members was priceless.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a source of motivation for me to continue to push myself in order to attain success.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it longer!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Friends and sibling participation.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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