Summer Science Research Program

Hofstra University's Summer Science Research Program offers high school students opportunities in science research under the guidance of professionals in science and mathematics. For more than 15 years, HUSSRP has provided selected research-oriented high school students the opportunity to work with our science faculty during the summer in an on-campus research program. The program runs from early July through mid-August culminating in a science "poster session" in early fall where students display the work they performed during the summer. The poster session is open to all students in the program, their families, and their teachers. Students are selected for this program based on their academic qualifications, a teacher's recommendation, and the availability of research mentors in their area of interest.

About the Program

The University offers opportunities for selected research-oriented high school students to work with our science faculty in an on-campus summer research program – the Hofstra University Summer Science Research Program (HUSSRP). HUSSRP is competitive and students must submit a completed application and letter of recommendation from a science teacher by Friday, April 1, 2022. Applications are available online. Students will be selected for this program based on their performance in high school science classes, a personal interview, the high school teacher's recommendation, and the availability of a faculty mentor. Students who are selected must pay a tuition fee of $1,800 to participate in the program.

Selected students will be matched with a participating faculty member based on the student’s research preference and faculty availability. Before being accepted into the program, all students for whom there is a faculty match will be invited to campus for a personal interview to discuss the student’s specific research project. On Tuesday, July 5, 2022, all accepted students must attend a one-hour orientation and laboratory safety session. The summer 2022 program will run Monday through Thursday from July 5 to August 12, 2022. Students are expected to attend a weekly seminar/lunch on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m., otherwise each student will negotiate a work schedule with their respective faculty mentor. Students return to campus for a late afternoon poster session to present the results of their research in early fall (date to be determined).

Summer Science Research Program (SSRP) Tuition and Fees
SSRP Commuter $1,800

Currently there is no residential option for the Summer Science Research Program. Hofstra University reserves the right to alter the policy and schedule of charges without prior notice. These rates are subject to change.

  • Students must be enrolled in 10th or 11th grade at the time the application is submitted;
  • Have had at least one year of a high school laboratory-based science course;
  • Have demonstrated an interest in the sciences;
  • Be willing and able to commit six weeks to full-time scientific research; and
  • Have demonstrated the ability to work independently.

Reviews of applications will begin in April. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is April 1, 2022. The following information must be included in the application form:

  • A statement from the student explaining why they want to engage in a science research project;
  • A letter of recommendation and commitment from a science or math teacher;
  • Students will be asked to select, in order of preference, three research areas in which they would like to participate.
  • A nonrefundable $50 application fee

Review of applications will be performed by a committee consisting of each of the faculty members participating in the program. Selected students may be asked to meet with their prospective research mentor in late May.

Admission decisions are made without regard to race, gender, ethnicity, religion, or disability. Because we receive many more applications than we have available spots in the program, we cannot guarantee acceptance, even for highly qualified candidates.

If accepted into the program, there is a $1,800 tuition fee:
Tuition Deposit of $500 due by June 3.
Tuition Balance of $1,300 due by July 1.

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HUSSRP Science Talent Search Competitors

2020 Regeneron Finalist

Andrew Brinton, under the mentorship of Dr. Christa Farmer, was a Regeneron finalist. In his work, Brinton sought “an environmentally friendly way of fighting climate change.” Much of the research for his project, titled “Marsh Restoration: Ribbed Mussels (Geukensia demissa) as a Revival Mechanism to Rebuild the Coastal Salt Marshes of Long Island, New York,” was conducted while he was boots-deep in Freeport’s wetlands — accompanied, for safety’s sake, by his father, Herald Community Newspapers Executive Editor Scott Brinton — examining the “symbiotic relationship” between ribbed mussels and the marshes, which depend on the mussels’ feces to grow.


2010 Intel Semifinalist

Sajni Sandip Parikh, a senior at Herricks High School in New Hyde Park, NY, was named a 2010 Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalist. Sajni participated in Hofstra’s Summer Science Research Program and worked with Professor Robert Seagull (Biology) on cotton fiber development. Her paper was entitled is “The effects of brassinolide and indole-3-acetic acid on Gossypium hirsutum, variety MAXXA GTO.”


2009 Intel Semifinalist

Daniel Kim, a senior at Syosset High School who participated in Hofstra University's Summer Science Research Program in 2008, has been selected as a 2009 Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalist. Daniel performed his research under the guidance of Professor Sabrina Sobel in the Chemistry Department. His paper was entitled "Increasing the Bioavailability of Copper(II) in Copper(II) Citrate by Addition of Amino Acids".


2008 HUSSRP Intel Semifinalists

Three Long Island high school students who participated in Hofstra University's Summer Science Research Program in 2007 have been selected as 2008 Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalists:

Melissa Garuthra, a senior at Syosset High School, did her research on activation dynamics in the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction under the guidance of Professors Harold Hastings (Physics) and Sabrina Sobel (Chemistry). Her paper was entitled “Substituting an Immobilized Ferromanganese Catalyst into the Belousov-Zhabotinsky Chemical Reaction”.

Alexandra Hilgeman, a senior at Harborfields High School in Greenlawn, NY, worked with Professor Rodney Finzel (Chemistry) on thermal depolymerization of organic waste material. Her paper was entitled “Kinetics and Thermodynamics of Aspartic Acid Deamination”.

Matthew Klebanoff, a senior at John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, NY, worked with Professor Robert Seagull (Biology) on cotton fiber development. His paper was entitled "Possible role of the cytoskeleton in cotton (Gossypium hirsutum, cultivar MAXXA GTO) fiber development".


2007 HUSSRP Intel Semifinalists

Two Long Island high school students who participated in Hofstra University's Summer Science Research Program in 2006 have been selected as 2007 Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalists:

Kara Finzel, a senior at Kings Park High School, did her research on "Effect of Organic Substitute on the Belousov-Zhabotinsky Reaction" under the guidance of Professors Harold Hastings (Physics) and Sabrina Sobel (Chemistry).

Daryl Koopersmith, a senior at Paul D. Schreiber High School in Port Washington, worked with Professor Gerda Kamberova (Computer Science) on "A Structural Model for the Intelligent Development of a Tracking System Utilizing Array-based Multi-sensor Data Fusion."


2006 HUSSRP Intel Semifinalists

Two students who participated in Hofstra University's Summer Science Research Program in 2005 were selected as semifinalists in Intel's 65th Annual Science Talent Search:

David Golub, a student at Paul D. Schreiber High School, worked with Professor Gerda Kamberova in the Department of Computer Science on computer vision and his project is entitled "Finding and Orienting the Normals to a Cloud of Points."

Daniel Nikbakht, a senior at Half Hollow Hills High School West, worked under the direction of Professors Sobel (Chemistry) and Hastings (Physics) on "Target Clustering in the Belousov-Zhabotinsky Reaction."


2005 HUSSRP Intel Semifinalists

Three Long Island high school students who participated in Hofstra University's Summer Science Research Program in 2004 have been selected as 2005 Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalists:

David Randell, a senior at Southside High School worked with Professor Peter Daniel in the Biology Department.

Jason Shaev, a senior at Calhoun High School, did her research under the guidance of Professor Rodney Finzel in the Chemistry Department.

Fiona Yuen, a senior at Syosset High School, did her research under the guidance of Professors Harold Hastings in Physics and Sabrina Sobel in the Chemistry Department.


2004 HUSSRP Intel Semifinalists

Three Long Island high school students who participated in Hofstra University's Summer Science Research Program in 2003 have been selected as 2004 Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalists:

Brandon Finzel and Craig Langan, seniors at Kings Park High School, did research under the guidance of Professor William Nirode in the Chemistry Department.

Helaina Skop, worked with Professor Laura Valier in the Biology Department.


2003 HUSSRP Intel Semifinalists

A Long Island high school students who participated in Hofstra University's Summer Science Research Program in 2002 has been selected as 2003 Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalists:

Huawei (Katie) Dong, a senior at Harborfields High School worked with Professor Robert Seagull in the Biology Department.

Poster Session

The capstone experience of the Hofstra University Summer Science Research Program (HUSSRP) participants comes when students present posters highlighting their summer research activities at a reception for their families, friends, and teachers. Many HUSSRP students go on to enter their research posters in science competitions locally and nationally.

Contact Us

Gail K. Bennington
Director, Hofstra University Summer Science Research Program
Room 140 Gittleson Hall
Hofstra University

Phone: 516-463-4795
Fax: 516-463-5120
Email