What is Summer program: Definition and 18 Discussions

The Summer Science Program (SSP) is an academic summer program where high school students experience college-level education and do research in celestial mechanics by studying the orbits of asteroids or biochemistry by studying the kinetic properties of enzymes. The program was established in 1959 at The Thacher School in Ojai, California. It now takes place on two astrophysics campuses, New Mexico Tech in Socorro, New Mexico and University of Colorado, Boulder in Boulder, Colorado, and two biochemistry campuses, Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana and Indiana University Bloomington in Bloomington, Indiana.
In the Astrophysics program, each team takes a series of images of a near-earth asteroid, then writes software to calculate its orbit and predict its future path. In the Biochemistry program, each team isolates and models an enzyme from a fungal crop pathogen, then designs a molecule to inhibit that enzyme.

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    Programs How should I prepare for Berkeley's Math 1A & Physics 8A?

    I just finished my sophomore year of high school and I'm taking Math 1A and physics 8A this summer. I got A's for both my physics II (school doesn't offer AP phys) and advanced algebra 2 + trig (I think it's equivalent to precalc, highest level offered in my grade) classes, but I feel like the...
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    News Holiday trip for physics student

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    Programs 2018 REU and Summer Program Acceptance Thread

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    Programs CERN Summer Program: Acceptance Rate?

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    Programs Summer camps in physics/astronomy for 9-12 graders

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    Admissions Applying for summer programs and picking a field.

    I am a third year physics major doing my undergrad. First, let me give you an idea on my academic background. We just picked our majors this year, meaning before we had to take other courses like courses from Biology, Chemistry, etc. This year I'll be taking courses like Classical mech, Quantum...
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    Other Find Physics Internships: Tips & Advice for Success

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    Programs Has anyone heard back from Caltech for the LIGO summer program?

    Hi everyone, I have applied to the LIGO summer program. But I'm not from Caltech. I'm wondering if anyone has heard back from Caltech yet. Thanks
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    Programs Perimeter Institute Undergraduate summer program 2016

    Hi, has anyone applied to Perimeter Institute 2016 Undergraduate summer program? I just wonder how competitive this program is.
  10. Kiarash

    Writing CV for an advanced undergraduate summer school

    I am applying to an undergraduate summer school. I should write a CV, but I do not know how should I write it. I would be happy if anyone can help me with the same experience. Thanks.
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    International undergrad summer research (1st or 2nd year)

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    Any ideas for a summer program project for high school science students?

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    Programs REU Application: Recent major change

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    Summer program for undergraduates

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    Has anyone heard from DOE's SULI summer program?

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    Need Summer Program Suggestions

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    Which is Better for College Applications: Summer Program or Research Program?

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