Summer Science Program

Rating: 5 stars   122 reviews

Issues: Technology, Education

Location: Cary NC 27519 USA

Mission: SSP accelerates the intellectual and social development of gifted high school students beyond anything they have experienced in school, inspiring them to reach their exceptional potentials. Many alumni have gone on to become leaders in their chosen professions.
Results: Life-changing!
Target demographics: High school juniors, gifted & talented in math & science.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 72
Geographic areas served: worldwide
Programs: Two campuses: at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, and New Mexico Tech in Socorro
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

SSP has been an amazing influence on my life. As an alumni, I was able to meet some of the most amazing friends, colleagues, and inspirations at the program. Moreover, SSP gave me a opportunity to challenge myself intellectually, really pushing me to see how far I could go. For sure, SSP has established itself as one of the most life-changing experiences of my life, and without it, I would not be the person who I am today.

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2 people found this review helpful

SSP is an amazing experience. If you already know calculus/physics/astronomy/programming, you might not learn much in these subjects, but you will certainly become a more efficient worker and problem solver.

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1 person found this review helpful

SSP was an incredible, life-changing experience - it's hard to believe quite how much 5.5 weeks can change you. Greater than the educational aspect, perhaps, is the atmosphere and camaraderie developed by having 36 bright kids learning and living together. The benefits last long past the program, with friends and learning partners for life.

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

Make the program longer :D

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

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I attended this program in 2013, and I can tell you that it is nothing short of life-changing. It challenges you in unimaginable ways and pushes you across the limits you thought you had. Personally the program has invoked a great sense of hard work in me. It has exposed me to new areas of science, given me real-life experiences of people who work in this field and possibly how my life would turn out if I chose to pursue that field. It is truly "an experience of a lifetime"!

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

I honestly cannot think of any way to improve this program.

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?

2013

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It's difficult to describe in just a paragraph the full SSP experience. It was magical. Everyday was an adventure of learning about both the Universe and people. I made incredible friendships. My days (and nights!) were filled with constant joy and excitement in the company of amazing people. My zest for life was renewed. My perspective on life became clearer and I look towards the future with greater optimism than ever before.

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I had an amazing experience at the Summer Science Program (SSP) in 2013. SSP was definitely one of the best experiences I have ever had. The staff was all friendly and incredibly helpful, the TA's were just fantastic, and all the little details were taken care of perfectly by our amazing site director. SSP forced me to push past my limits, redefine them, and then break them all over again. It shows every student that goes through the program that there is really no limit to what you can achieve.

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

None

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?

2013

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Summer Science Program is not only a science program - it's a limit-pushing and potential-exploring program. I had never imagined that I could spend 24 hours working continuously without a minute of sleep, and I had never dreamed that I could have a talent in designing as a science geek.

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

Hope that the third campus can be soon built! Oh, and people from different campuses should have more chances to meet and talk.

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?

2013

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I was a student in 2013 at the Westmont campus, and I had a blast. I can honestly say that SSP was one of the greatest experiences I've ever had. Not only did I learn a lot and accomplish things that I'd never imagined I'd be able to do, but I also learned a lot about my own interests and ambitions. SSP has made me confident that I will be successful in college, and it helped me learn a lot more about my own ambitions for my future. I can't imagine what my summer would have been like at SSP, or where I would be now, but I am incredibly thankful that the program exists and that I got a chance to participate.

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

I don't think I'd change anything, SSP is fantastic!

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?

2013

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I've grown so much stronger and better because of the amazing SSP experience. And the friends I made at SSP will stay with me for the rest of my life. SSP is place where everyone accepts and trusts and cares for you; a place that will inspire you beyond imagination!

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?

2013

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1 person found this review helpful

SSP is a unique academic and social experience you won't get anywhere else. I got to know so much about different scientific fields, worked collaboratively on a research, and entered the 55-year-old alumni family of great warmth.

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?

2013

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