My daughter learned so much from her experience at SSP; this is a fantastic program! I think it has and will enrich her pursuit in academics, and overall a wonderful way to get more involved in science and mathematics.
SSP irrevocably changed the way I view the world. I am truly grateful for the experiences that I will cherish forever, whether they were from 2 o'lock programming in the computer lab or 5 am discussions about anything from doge to classical music on the Rock. I made friends that I know I will keep in touch with the rest of my life, with whom I will be able to pick up conversations like nothing has changed because we spend the most incredible 6 weeks of our lives together.
AS both a participant and a volunteer for this program I must say it really goes above and beyond to provide students with a helpful and unique experience. It challenges you in ways that make even top colleges seem easy, while teaching you important skills such as teaching yourself and learning from your peers
SSP is definitely one of the best experiences of my life. I am an alumnus of the 2011 NM session of the camp and I can already tell I've made life long friendships. Take 36 of the best and brightest kids from around the world and stick them together for a few weeks, and you have the recipe for some insane amounts of fun and educational experiences. Of course, it was stressful at times, but as it was noncompetitive, everyone just ends up helping everyone else, which makes the entire experience much more valuable. It solidified my love of science and research and I would strongly recommend it to any other junior who was thinking about a career in science, physics or otherwise.
SSP was very challenging. The academics were beyond anything I had been exposed to in high school. It was also the most fun I have had in a summer. The other SSPers and the TA's are very fun and knowledgeable.
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.
There aren't enough words to explain why SSP was such a great experience for me. Probably because it weren't only six weeks of hard working, but also a great ( maybe most enjoyable) socially experience. We all connected very well and I feel like I found my second family in there. I will never forget our late night observations, or the time spent in Weir computer labs working for the OD. I will always remember our Saturday movie night and our "Futurama" episodes, I will always remember the way we fed the ducks in the last night at 6 a.m. in the morning, or the "Physics dance" that we had to do when we were late for class. It wasn't only Math. It wasn't only Astronomy. It wasn't only Programming. It wasn't even only Physics. It was the most interesting mixture of all this, multiplied at infinity by our happiness in acting for the first time in our lives as a research team. It was our excitement in finding the orbital elements of that asteroid. It was the pleasure of working in the same team with probably your best friends in the world. Staying now in my room at home, 7,000 miles away from New Mexico, but still keeping in touch with my friends, I feel like I have finally discovered people that make me happy. And I will always appreciate it. As soon as SSP finished, I came back in Romania and qualified for the International Olympiad in Astronomy and Astrophysics. I am more than sure that I couldn't do that without SSP. It helped me more than anything on both professional and personal plans. Thank you SSP! Thank you for having a wonderful time, an amazing summer, an unforgettable experience. Thank you!