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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: Three campuses: SSP in Astrophysics at Univ. of Colorado Boulder and New Mexico Tech in Socorro. SSP in Biochemistry at Purdue Univ.

Community Stories

127 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

A truly one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that would only be possible with generation financial support. I discovered the world of research, met some of my best friends, and became much more prepared for college and beyond.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Daughter has attended many summer camps program since middle school, but she said SSP is the best summer camp she ever had. The program is rigorous and busy, but she enjoyed it so much and loved it.
She not only benefits from learning through the wonderful academic activities, she also benefits from other social activities, like hiking, exercising and making so many friends from all over the states and the world.
It is clear to me that SSP was very useful for my daughter, it is something she will remember forever. I would like to thank you for this very special and worthwhile program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SSP excels at fostering independence with community and a love for learning. In addition, participants make valuable college connections with admissions representatives. I commend and highly recommend this rigorous program of study.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SSP is amazing! After spending the summer charting near earth asteroids our son has recharted his life direction. Thank you from our family!

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.