Summer STEM Program (NUSSP)

Due to the storm on Tuesday, 3/12/18 we have extended the deadline – post-marked by Friday 3/16/18 –  for all supporting documents (Teacher Recommendations, etc.).

New Application Open – Apply Here

Please note that starting in 2018, all applications must be submitted online. This includes student essays and the teacher recommendation. Please see below for more detailed information about the application process. 


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 eight day 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


  • 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


  • 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 Open: Open Now – Submit Application Here
  • Application Close: March 15th, 2018
  • 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 an eight 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.


  • 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).

Application Process:

  1. Parents/guardians and students must complete the online student application form
    • *Note: Once you start the application, you must complete it in one sitting.
  2. Each student writes a 250 to 500-word essay, submitted in the online application
    • Essay questions are available for previewing – Click Here. It helps to answer the questions  ahead of time.
  3. One teacher recommendation, math or science teacher suggested
    • Parents/guardians or students will be required to submit the recommender’s email address when submitting the application.
    • Recommendation form will be uploaded by the teacher
  4. Students may be interviewed prior to being selected, if deemed necessary.
  5. If selected, one parent/guardian must attend the first hour of the first program day with the student for a short orientation. Failure to attend the orientation even if accepted will result in forfeiture of your slot in the program.

Confirmation emails will be sent when application is submitted.

All requested documents must be submitted online by the deadline date, March 15, 2018. If all requested documents are not received by the deadline date, the application will not be considered.

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


NUSSP 2017 Video



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Fri 23

STEM Field Trip – King K-8 School

March 23 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

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STEM Field Trip – King K-8 School

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