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.
Target demographics: High school juniors, gifted & talented in math & science.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 72
Geographic areas served: worldwide
Programs: Three campuses: SSP in Astrophysics at Univ. of Colorado Boulder and New Mexico Tech in Socorro. SSP in Biochemistry at Purdue Univ.
I was a TA in 76 and 77. The two classes were like mini Harvards, Caltechs, or Stanfords. The students were exceptional and all went on to top schools. They also were not all stamped from the same academic mold. Some were brilliant mathematicians (one is a professor of math at Stanford). Others became physicians, scientists, engineers. But some entered other professions that were not just science - law, journalism, business. Putting all these students together in the same place produced incredible results. And in the end, not all students wanted to become scientists or engineers. They learned a lot about who they were during those two months, and formed life long friendships. It was, and continues to be, a remarkable program, a program that is 50 years old.