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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

Maddy3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Overall, this was the most amazing academic experience in my entire life. I will never look at science the same way ever again, and nor will I look at my whole life the same. I was a bit bipolar about it once it first ended, but now... I have to say, I never regret learning what I learned, doing what I did, and meeting who I met.

Thank you so much, SSP!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended SSP in 2013 and learned much about the college environment and science research. The teachers and TAs were very helpful, and I learned so much science and math in five and a half weeks. It was very challenging but very rewarding because I finally experienced something that made me think. I made many close friends and it was very sad to see everyone leave on the last day.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SSP is simply amazing, the experience of a lifetime.

Sachi K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SSP completely changed my life. I have never viewed the sciences in such a way. The asteroid determination project has truly changed my views on research based sciences. Although the program is academically rigorous, it also emphasizes on the social aspect. I have made many connections within this program that will serve for me in the future. Thank you SSP!

Sawyer B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SSP is a fantastic summer program. I attended the program in the summer of 2013 and had a very rewarding experience academically and socially. Learning astronomy, physics, programming, and calculus along with 35 fascinating people is challenging and exhilarating. While you might think that SSP's motto "the educational experience of a lifetime" is mere hype, let me assure you that the program lives up to its advertising.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SSP was a completely life changing coming of age experience. It had given me a maturity,confidence, and friendships that amaze me and will last the rest of my life. There is somethin magical about the experience for almost every SSPer.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SSP is an amazing, unique experience, that taught me so much more that could be expressed in a text box. After participating in 2013, I now feel more aware of what I'm capable of, and feel more sure of my decision to study the sciences, not to mention all of incredible professors, friends and knowledge gained along the way. It was truly a pivotal experience, and I'm proud of all the I and my friends accomplished this summer.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended SSP in the summer of 2013 and it was the most challenging and rewarding experience. The immersion into a college-like environment with 35 other brilliant young adults supported by excellent faculty made this summer camp eye-opening. It is perfect for bright high school students interested in science who want a challenge and aren't afraid to have fun working hard.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a 2013 SSP alumni, I have to say that this program was life-changing. Coming from a low-income family, I was offered a full scholarship, including travel money, and I could not be any more grateful. The experience I had at SSP cannot be replicated. The students, the staff, and even the visiting lecturers all made it an enriching and exciting 6-weeks. No other science camp could have given me the lifelong memories that SSP has.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I went to SSP as a student in 2013 and loved it. The professors were amazing, the students were brilliant, and I learned so much more about my capabilities.