Summer STEM Program (NUSSP)

Overview:

The Northeastern University Summer STEM Program (NUSSP) is an academic program run by the Center for STEM Education, which takes an active role in shaping education in students entering grades 6, 7 and 8.

The two week academic day program emphasizes increasing students’ mathematics/science skills, introducing them to college life, and stimulating their interest in science and engineering as a potential career path.

Each day, students participate in activities that include problem solving, study, research, writing and communication skills incorporated with biology, chemistry, physics, design concepts, and field excursions. Activities are led by Northeastern graduate students and supported by undergraduate science and engineering students. Every lesson is followed by hands-on activities to ensure full understanding of the subject being taught.

Mission Statement:

The mission is to enable youth entering grades 6, 7, and 8 to develop and achieve their full potential through support of social, recreational, and STEM-based educational programs.

Core Principles:

  • Encourage education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Encourage and motivate youth to pursue STEM careers
  • Foster teamwork, leadership, and citizenship

Goals:

  • To educate students in STEM skills
  • To engage students in the practical aspects of STEM
  • To introduce students to college life
  • To inspire students to pursue careers in STEM fields

Strategies:

  • Teach hands-on, minds-on STEM activities
  • Incorporate activities that enhance communication skills (written and oral)
  • Integrate field excursions to expose students to real-world STEM applications
  • Develop projects and activities that require teamwork and cooperative learning
  • Present opportunities for students to interact with engineers, scientists, researchers, and other professionals

Key Dates:

    • 2018 Program Dates: June 25-29 & July 9-13 *Please note the program will not run during the week of July 4th, 2018
    • Online Applications Closed

  • Results Posted By: End of April
  • Time of day: 8:00am-4:00pm
  • Callbacks (for alumni): See Callback Page

Program information (Read Carefully):

The Northeastern University Summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Program is organized to provide activities, experiments, projects, and field experiences for rising 6th, 7th, or 8th graders. The program promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and supports historically under-served and underrepresented students with limited opportunities. Students attend the program free of charge. Students currently in grade 5, 6, or 7 who have an interest in science and mathematics, at least a B average in science and mathematics courses. Immediate family members of Northeastern University faculty may apply to the program but are not given any special preference.

The NUSSP is a two week academic day program that emphasizes increasing students’ mathematics and science knowledge and skills while introducing them to college life and stimulating their interest in science and engineering as a potential career path. Each day, students will attend classes that include problem solving, research, critical thinking and communication skills incorporated with biology, chemistry, physics, environmental sciences, earth sciences, engineering, technology, design concepts, and field excursions.

The program will be held on the campus of Northeastern University located at 360 Huntington Avenue in Boston, MA 02115.

Eligibility:

  • Students must be MA residents and live within a 30 mile radius of Northeastern University.
  • Students Entering 6-8th grades the Fall following the program are eligible to apply. Students from any schools (public, private, home schooled, etc) are eligible.
  • An even number of males and females will be selected, in addition to an even split between 6, 7th and 8th grade students from a diverse range of demographic backgrounds.
  • Students may only participate in the program once.
  • Program cost is $400 total ($200 per week).
  • A limited number of full scholarships will be offered to students eligible for free or reduced lunch (indicated in your program application). No additional scholarship application/documentation is required.
    • Our program goals are aligned with national efforts to create and foster diversity in the pursuit of academic and career opportunities related to STEM. Preference will be given to students who are eligible for free/reduced lunch. Click Here for Federal Guidelines.
  • Upon entrance into the program there will be a $50 commitment fee (will be subtracted from program cost).

A committee will select participants by May 1, 2018.  You will receive notification on the acceptance status of the application via email no later than May 2, 2018, with written notification soon after.

If you have questions or need additional information, email the Center for STEM Education at NUStemEd@gmail.com.

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