Summer STEM Program (NUSSP)

New Online Application – Opens January 2018!

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


The Northeastern University Summer STEM Program (NUSSP) is a free, 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.

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: January 2018
  • Application Close: March 31st, 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.


  1. Students must be MA residents and live within a 30 mile radius of Northeastern University.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Immediate family members of Northeastern University faculty may apply to the program but are not given any special preference. They must still follow all other eligibility rules.
  5. Students may only participate in the program once.
  6. Upon entrance into the program there will be a $100 commitment fee.

Application Process:

Link to application will be provided when applications open.

  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 will be available for previewing when applications open. It helps to answer the questions  ahead of time.
  3. Two teacher recommendations, one from the current science teacher and one from the current math teacher.
    • Parents/guardians or students will be required to submit the recommenders’ email addresses when submitting the application.
    • Recommendation forms will be uploaded by the teacher

All requested documents must be submitted online by the deadline date, March 31, 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. Students may be interviewed prior to being selected, if deemed necessary.

You will receive notification on the status of the application via email no later than May 2, 2018, with written notification soon after. 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. If you have questions or need additional information, call the Center for STEM Education at (617)373-8380.

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


NUSSP 2017 Video



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Fri 19

STEM Field Trip – Chittick School

January 19 @ 8:45 am - 1:30 pm