Applications for the 2020 Summer STEM Institute (SSI) are now closed. Applications for SSI 2021 will open in November.


Students currently in high school or entering high school in fall 2020 are eligible to apply. SSI will also evaluate the applications of exceptional middle school students who can demonstrate the ability to thrive in a more challenging environment. SSI will not be evaluating the application of anyone under the age of 13.

Admissions for both bootcamp and the research project track will be competitive. Based on the high volume of applications we have received so far, admissions for the research project will likely be more competitive than Bootcamp.

How to Apply

To apply, students must fill out our application here. The application asks for academic history, activities and awards, and various personal statements.

Due to school closures and COVID-19, students who are unable to access their transcripts may specify so on the application.  Teacher and counselor recommendation letters will not be required for the 2020 admissions cycle.

Admissions Deadline

The deadline for applications is May 30th, 2020. Since applications are rolling, we encourage students to apply as soon as possible.

Selection Criteria

SSI seeks to admit students who show the highest potential for benefitting from the Bootcamp, Masterclass, and research programs. Many admitted applicants will possess a strong academic record, have previous activities and awards in science and leadership, and demonstrate a passion for science in their personal statements.

We understand that students may not all have equal access to opportunities in STEM. Students with no previous background in programming or science research are all encouraged to apply. No programming or research experience is required to apply to SSI, and SSI will prioritize admitting students who demonstrate future potential in science and research.

International Students

SSI will be accepting international students. International applicants should be aware that Masterclass lectures will be taught at class times based off of the PST to EST time zone schedules. Bootcamp lectures will be given twice a day, and international students will be able to attend live lectures and ask questions. Students who are unable to attend lectures are expected to notify our teaching staff in advance and will be given access to view recordings of missed lectures.