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Summer Science Institute

About the Program

No program for summer 2015. Check back in early 2016 for additional updates.


SSI 2013 Cohort

The Summer Science Institute (SSI) is a free six-week residential experience for high school students. The program gives students an understanding of biological/physical research while they learn about college life and strengthen their writing and math skills. More than five hundred students have benefited from this program since its inception in 1990.

Students are paired up and mentored on a specific project that entails in-depth, hands-on research conducted by the students. Once the research has been completed, each group writes a research report and presents its project and findings at a final Research Symposium. Students also meet twice during the week for discussions on topics ranging from scientific subjects to crafting college applications.

There is no cost to SSI participants. Room, board, books and materials are provided by the program.

Students who are African American, Hispanic, Native American, Southeast Asian, Native Alaskan or Native Pacific Islander, OR who are from low-income homes, OR will be the first in their family to attend college are strongly encouraged to apply.

For information on what students have researched in the past, please visit this page.

To Apply

For application information click here.

Schedule for 2014

April 15th

Applications must be postmarked by April 15th, materials must be complete for consideration!

  • online application
  • an official transcript from high school
  • letter of reference (from science or math teacher)
  • teacher recommendation form (completed by the same math or teacher writing the letter of reference)
  • agreement form

May 5th

Notification to students of acceptance or wait list status.

May 16th

Confirmation of Acceptance from students DUE to our office.

May 19th

Wait list students notified if space becomes available.

June 21st

Program Begins: Opening Reception with parents and students, Dorm check in.

August 1st

Program Ends: Symposium and Banquet with parents and students, Dorm check out.


Robert E. Bohanan        
(608) 265-2125