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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SSP provides an unparalleled experience in the foundations of scientific exploration to rising High School seniors from around the world. The program not only teaches advanced topic in astrophysics (and in doing so, prepares the next generation of scientific leaders), but provides life lessons in team work and collaboration. SSP has an illustrious history of over 50 years. SSP is managed and directed by its graduates. My wife attended SSP, and cites this as a formative event in her development as a biomedical researcher. Now, we are both involved in actively supporting SSP.

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My wife attended SSP in the 1970's, and it was a formative experience for her. SSP, then and now, provides an unparallelled academic opportunity to those fortunate enough to attend. SSP is an early proving ground for our future leaders, not just in the sciences, but across multiple disciplines. SSP teaches more than science; it teaches how to address and conquer problems; it teaches collaboration; it teaches dedication; it provides the tools that these gifted individuals will use today, tomorrow, and for the rest of their lives as they better the lives of those around them. That is why I am a donor to and an enthusiast for SSP.

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SSP was formed in 1959 in association with Caltech, Stanford, UCLA, Harvard-Smithsonian, and is associated with MIT and several other institutions. Its mission has always been to select extraordinarily promising high school juniors, those most capable of careers in the academically challenging sciences, and immerse them in, inform them about, and intrigue them with scientific, intellectual, and career options. Using astronomy as a focus because it is rarely taught as a formal high school course, SSP's ambitious, non-credit summer program almost always pushes these students beyond anything they have previously experienced and gives them a taste of real research, inspiring most to seek careers in the sciences. SSP now has over 2,000 alumni, many of whom feel that those six weeks of scientific involvement with other intelligent and dedicated teenagers was a turning point in their lives. I attended in 1960...and it changed my life.

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