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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, General Science, Higher Education, Physical & Earth Sciences, Technology

Mission: SSP’s mission is to inspire exceptionally talented and motivated high school students to accelerate their intellectual and social development. Our college-level, residential program immerses students in a challenging science curriculum with team-based, hands-on research to solve a central scientific problem. Since 1959, we have created a cultural environment of excellence, collaboration, and creativity, and we push our students beyond anything they have previously experienced. We measure our performance by the number of alumni who look back at SSP as a formative experience and support the program for future generations.

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 Univ. of Colorado Boulder, and New Mexico Tech in Socorro

Community Stories

123 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son was lucky enough to get to go to SSP. He learned a lot about himself and science! It's an amazing program for students on the cusp of adulthood - it helps them discover their potential.

Client Served

Rating: 5

For those that wish to contribute to the wealth of human knowledge in their life, to work hard, to the best of their abilities, to see how demanding and worthwhile the world of science is, this program realizes that dream.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

SSP changed me in every sense possible. I am a new person and now even more than excited to devote my life to science. I only wish I was on some rocket ship traveling in relativistic speed so that I could spend "more" time with the amazing and inspiring people I've gotten to know here.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands down best experience of my life. I made the best friends I've ever made, and I cherish every minute I spent working with my fellow students, staying up late chatting, and generally enjoying being a part of the SSP community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

SSP provided was one of the best experiences of my life. The late nights of observation, the friends I made, and the countless hours spent in the computer lab fueled my passion for learning more than ever before. I would give anything to experience it again.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I wish I could do SSP justice by this review. But I will just say that it was one of--if not the-- best experience of my life. The engagement with science was real, the work was hard and the focus of everyone there was unwavering.
If I had any complaints, they would perhaps lie in some of field trips from CU Boulder, or the rules enforced on campus, as, despite the fact that they say 'SSP has no rules', it does have many which could be overbearing. HOWEVER, those are my itty-bitty complaints, and I would no doubt relive my experience if I were given the chance.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Learned so much and met incredible people--overall, an amazing five and a half weeks!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing life-changing experience! The best opportunity for students who are interested in science.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

SSP was, hands down, the best experience of my young life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Let's knock off some simple questions that I'm sure other people have done a better job of answering with eloquence: Was SSP good? Yeah. Was it worth it? Of course. It's easy to talk about this program as life-changing, but I'm going to talk about it in those terms that I adore the most - that's right, I'm going to talk about SSP as a series of (somewhat cryptic) analogies. Is it strange? Sure. Is it fitting? Somewhat. Here goes:
SSP is like the archetypal cup of cocoa during a winter's day. It's nice and comforting to hold that cup and look at that cup, but to really indulge in the cup, one must drink.
SSP is like a black ink Bic pen. Only with the guidance of the writer do words bloom on a page.
SSP is like a rotating wire-frame fan. Get too close, and it becomes kind of uncomfortable; lean back a bit, and enjoy its breeze.
Aren't these kind of quirky? Of course. But hopefully, what I hoped to convey in analogies will become a bit clearer: reading about SSP isn't wholly satisfactory. Take the chance. Apply. Tell people about it. Got in? Great. Take advantage of the resources that are your peers, TAs, and senior faculty. Let them tease out who you really are. Struggling with the OD? You're not alone. People have struggled with similar for over several decades. People have struggled with understanding the cosmos for longer. Finished? No, not really. You'll keep those friends in contact for a long, long time.