Unfortunately, due to uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and new variants, we are deeply disheartened to announce that the Summer STEM Institute (SSI) will be discontinued. SSI 2020 and SSI 2021 were both amazing programs, and our staff is very grateful to have been able to impact the lives of students around the world.
Latest Decision By:
January 16, 2022
February 28, 2022
April 17, 2022
May 23, 2022
Admissions decisions are made in two cycles: early and regular. Students who choose to apply in the early cycle will be notified of their admissions decision earlier and will also be compared to a smaller applicant pool. Decisions are made on a rolling basis, meaning students will be notified of their admissions decision between the time they submit their application and the latest decision date for their respective cycle.
Students currently in high school or entering high school in fall 2022 are eligible to apply to SSI. Students who are currently in their senior year of high school may also apply. SSI seeks to admit students who demonstrate a strong passion for science and an eagerness to learn. Successful applicants typically have prior achievements in science, technology, or other academic fields. Many previously admitted students have also demonstrated a track record of completing independent projects, excelling in advanced coursework, or conducting research in a laboratory setting. Additionally, many previously admitted students have earned recognition in local, state, national, and international STEM competitions.
The program understands that not all students have equal access to opportunities in STEM. No programming or research experience is necessary to apply to SSI, and SSI puts particular emphasis on admitting students who demonstrate strong future potential in science and research.
SSI is proud to be an international program that provides learning opportunities to students across the world. Historically, roughly 20% of the student body has been international. Students from over 103 countries have applied to attend SSI, and students from 58 different countries have been selected to attend SSI in previous summers.
The application contains the following sections:
• Background Information. Students provide basic personal and contact information.
• Educational Background. Students provide information about their school, grade level, and a school counselor/supervisor reference.*
• Transcripts and Test Scores. Students provide their school transcript and test scores from the PSAT, ACT, SAT, AP, and IB exams. No standardized tests are required to apply to SSI, and students who have taken standardized exams may choose which scores to report.
• Activities and Awards. Students list extracurricular activities they are involved with and prior awards/achievements. Students should emphasize any national or international awards they may have.
• Personal Statements. Students respond to three short answer prompts and one long essay prompt relating to their background, interests, and character.
*In this section, students will be asked to list the contact information of a school guidance counselor or educational supervisor. Please note that the Summer STEM Institute does not require formal letters of recommendation, and a student's counselor or supervisor will not be required to submit any materials to SSI. In some special cases, the program may reach out to a student's counselor or supervisor to verify details or ask clarifying questions about about a student's coursework, transcripts, or test scores.