FAQ

How will students attend the Summer STEM Institute?

SSI was designed as a virtual program. SSI uses a host of technology-based teaching and education tools to deliver virtual instruction, including Zoom, Gradescope, Coda, and Piazza.

Will there be opportunities for SSI students to interact with each other outside of class?

Yes, SSI will host frequent optional social events over the course of the summer to support students with social opportunities during COVID-19 and summer quarantine. SSI will host events such as trivia tournaments, game nights, and group dinners.

When is the Summer STEM Institute?

This year's SSI will take place from June 21 to August 1, 2020.

When are applications due?

Applications are due on May 30th, 2020. Since the application cycle closes so late in the school year, admission decisions are being made on a rolling basis to give students the maximum amount of time to figure out summer plans after receiving a decision.

Is there an application fee?

No, there is no application fee to apply.

Can middle school students apply to SSI?

SSI will read the applications of exceptional middle school students who can demonstrate the ability to thrive in a more challenging environment. Under no circumstance will SSI evaluate the application of anyone under the age of 13.

What if I have no experience with research or programming in the past?

Students are not required to have any programming or research experience to apply to SSI. We understand that many students may not have had access to opportunities to learn programming in their schools or conduct research previously in a lab.

What can I do if I am waitlisted?

Applicants who are waitlisted may continue to send any updates reflecting developments in their high school careers or personal work to info@summersteminstitute.org.

What can I do if I am rejected?

Unfortunately, rejection decisions are final and can not be appealed. We encourage all rejected applicants to reapply for future years of SSI.

Will there be homework or graded assignments?

Yes, the SSI Bootcamp will have weekly homework assignments due for both courses. Students will receive feedback on assignments from our teaching and grading team. The purpose of feedback is to help improve learning and understanding of mistakes and not to rank students. We intend for SSI to be an environment focusing on learning and growth and not grades.

Can I submit my research project to competitions?

Students who complete a research project are encouraged to submit their work to research competitions such as the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and the Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS). Over the summer, we will discuss the timeline for various competitions and how students can submit their SSI projects to compete. Several of our Masterclass speakers will discuss their advice for these competitions as well.

Can I request a letter of recommendation?

Students who complete a research project may request a letter of recommendation from their research mentor.

Can students outside the United States apply for the program?

Yes, SSI will be accepting international applicants. 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 so that international students can still 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.

Can students outside the United States quality for financial aid?

Yes, SSI's financial aid policy extends to international students, and we encourage all eligible applicants to apply.

Any other questions?

Please reach out to info@summersteminstitute.org