Summer Science Program



This precollege enrichment program features college-level instruction in astronomy, math, physics and computer programming for able science students. Working in teams of three, students perform a research project in celestial mechanics from start to finish, in the process determining the orbit of an asteroid using their own observations, measurements and software. Educational and recreational field trips and guest speakers supplement lectures and project work. Although most participants are rising seniors, a handful of academically accelerated rising juniors gain admission each year. SSP operates at two locations: Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, and the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, NM.

General Info

Name Summer Science Program
Location Cary, NC
Year-round Contacts 866-728-0999
Program Focuses & Features Astronomy, Basketball, Computer Science, Cross-country, Golf, Hiking, Math, Science, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Weight Training
Grade Range (rising grades) 11-12
Age Range Residential — Coed Ages 15-17
Application Deadline February
Director Richard Bowdon, Executive Director
Residential Fee $3950 (+$100), 5½ weeks.
Year Established 1959
Dates & Sessions June-Aug; 2 sessions, 5½ weeks long


Richard Bowdon, Executive Director